Bears

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

By Lauren Wood On a number of Holiday River Expeditions 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

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Part II: Photo Diary of a Whitewater River Rat

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

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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

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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

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5 Reasons To Leave The City And Go Boatin’

By Lauren Wood 1. Comfy clothing options: Kicking your feet up on a raft while you float beneath Grand Canyon-esque cliffs requires a different kind of attire. Much like fencing requires a mask and rock-climbing requires a harness, river rafting necessitates lounge attire. When I pack for my river trips, I always pack my softest Read More

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Cataract Canyon Rafting, the Holiday way

  by Julie Trevelyan   Oars slip quietly into the water and pull, stroking and skimming and powering their craft through. Cheerful laughter echoes against the canyon walls, as does the harsh, inquisitive caw of a raven flying overhead. It is so quiet you can hear the flap of sleek ebony wings as the raven Read More

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Cataract Canyon Trip Review: A Great Blend Of Guests

Rafting Down Cataract Canyon Through Canyonlands National Park, Utah September 14, 2014 The rafting trip was fantastic! We had a great blend of guests that made for interesting conversations and friendly ribbing throughout the trip. Our guides, Zack, Julian, Rocky, Larkin, Erica and Ben were awesome. They were friendly, courteous and ready to help. They Read More

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Cataract Canyon Trip Review: The Guides Instilled Confidence In Me

Utah River Rafting Down Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park September 06, 2014 The guides were super patient with me. I rode with Susan on the rapid days because she took the time to explain how to hold on and told me I would be fine (I was a little nervous). Susan and Dave were particularly Read More

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Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip Review: We Were In Good Hands

Whitewater Rafting In Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park August 24, 2014 The guides were absolutely wonderful! They were so knowledgeable about the river; its history and geology. They were also as skilled in navigating the rapids, always gracious and accommodating, fun, and great cooks as well! I felt like we were in good hands every Read More

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Cataract Canyon Trip Review: Zero Light Pollution Makes For The BEST Stargazing

Camping & Rafting Through Canyonlands National Park In Cataract Canyon August 24, 2014 Julian, Rocky and Jordan were great. They were very communicative and knowledgeable. I enjoyed their company and what they could share about the area on the river and on the hikes. The trip was fantastic. It was a great combination of relaxing river Read More