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Rafting the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon

by Julie Trevelyan Rafting the Colorado River through Utah’s famous Cataract Canyon is the river rafting adventure of a lifetime for many people. Cataract Canyon, which swirls its way through the heart of beautiful Canyonlands National Park, is renowned for its tremendous whitewater rapids, gorgeous canyon walls that tower up to the incredible blue sky, Read More

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GO NOW: 8 Utah Adventures To Cure Your Spring Fever

By Joe, Lauren & Karen You can see and feel the change.  Longer days, budding flowers, and that same tell-tale itch you have for getting OUT! Roofs begin to feel stifling, work days seem a bit less engaging and you need to cure the adventurous fever your running. Don’t worry, we’ve got all the whitewater, relaxation and Read More


Cataract Canyon Trip Review: A Cherished Experience That Is Beyond Description

A Whitewater Rafting Trip Down Cataract Canyon In Canyonlands National Park May 29 The guides were first class, well informed, and great cooks. Hikes helped make the trip even more fun! I could never figure out where all of the fantastic meals came from, they must have been drop shipped from above. This was an Read More

Colorado River Rafting Through Cataract Canyon

Oar Rafts, Paddle Boats, Inflatable Kayaks and Sups: PYOB

By Joe Ballent Oar Rafts These 16-18-foot workhorses are the mainstay of the Holiday River Expeditions’ fleet.  They feature a wooden frame (a design perfected by river rafting pioneer Dee Holladay himself) located centrally; this forms the cockpit where your guide sits.  Fore and aft are compartments for passengers and bags.  Depending on how accommodating Read More

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Top 5 Reasons to go Springtime River Rafting

by Julie K. Trevelyan   Springtime means snow melt, which means it’s time for fun on the rivers! Here are our top five reasons to get out on a springtime river rafting vacation and experience the best whitewater on the rivers. 1. Big waves. Spring run-off usually means big water, which is the sweet spot for Read More


Some of our favorite River Quotes 

Compiled by Joe Ballant “A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they teach Read More


The Bare Naked Truth: The Role of Bears in the Ecosystem

By Lauren Wood On a number of Holiday River Expeditions’ whitewater rafting trips, you make have the lucky chance to see one of mother natures most awe-inspiring characters, the Black Bear. Sitting on a Colorado River bank or lumbering on a talus slope, Utah’s Black Bears are a startling and wonderful site. Because of the way Read More


The Photo Diary of a Whitewater River Rat: Part 2

By Joe Ballent Part II It’s pretty awesome to be up on Tavaputs Plateau to welcome guests to their upcoming Desolation Canyon trip after they’re flown in from Green River.  It feels like you’re touching distance from these quick little single-prop planes as they execute practiced and perfect landings atop the mighty Tavaputs.  As a Read More


The 5 Best Things About Cataract Canyon

By Lauren Wood Notorious whitewater Cataract is famous for being BIG.  It has the deepest canyons, massive water volume below the confluence of both the Colorado and Green River and some of the biggest whitewater in North America; during spring run-off making rapids in the Grand Canyon seem relatively tame. I remember my first trip Read More


Behind the Oars: Reflections from a Rafting Guide

By Lauren Wood Traveling all over the country and meeting dozens of community members who live near or are affected by rivers, I am constantly reminded of the growing Climate Justice movement’s catch phrase, “Water is Life”.  This statement seems obvious enough but to me and for many of these activists and river-lovers, this pithy Read More