White Rim Trip in Canyonlands, October 1-3.

Shhh, Listen, Do You Hear That? Eavesdropping on John Wesley Powell and his Historic Geographic River Expedition

By Peta Liston-Owens What comes to mind when envisioning John Wesley Powell’s 1869 three-month raucous river expedition through the unchartered terrain of the Green and Colorado rivers, and into the depths of the Grand Canyon? In his book, Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, passages paint images of striking landscape and stomach-dropping first Read More

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Green River Rafting Trips: A Little History Lesson on Lodore Canyon

    By Kenzie Comstock The History of Lodore Canyon During the summer of 1869, John Wesley Powell led the Powell Geographic Expedition into the areas of the Green and Colorado rivers. This was a groundbreaking expedition and the first known passage into the Grand Canyon. The expedition endured great hardships and grave dangers during their three-month Read More

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Giving to Living Rivers: an interview with John Weisheit

  Book your Utah river trip between April 11-22 and get more than a Great Deal discount. In celebration of Earth Day, not only will you save 5% on your trip, Holiday will donate an additional 5% to Living Rivers, staunch protectors of the Colorado River Watershed. As a kid in church I belted out Read More

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Seven River Songs

Aldo Leopold had a word to say about the Good Life (Note: Aldo, who wrote A Sand County Almanac, was a fellow who could hunt and trap and bro-out with the best of them but at the very base of his heart wanted most to cajole us into “thinking like a mountain,” instead of blustering Read More

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2016 Colorado River Rafting through the Grand Canyon

2016 Colorado River Rafting trips through the Grand Canyon Rafting the Grand Canyon offers a phenomenal variety of vistas, camps, waterfalls, rapids, side canyons, archaeological ruins, and other attraction sites to enjoy and explore. Allowing time to visit these places is the essence of every  Grand Canyon Rafting trip. Our paddle and oar powered whitewater Read More

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Rules to Raft By: Superstitions of the Great Unknowable

Cross your oars and knock on driftwood, folks: Holiday’s best guides are sharing their go-to magic charms for the perfect river trip.  The river rolls on with or without us, an impersonal force of beauty and danger. But humans have this habit when faced with vast, impersonal forces of beauty and danger: we make them Read More

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Desert Varnish: Weird Life in Wild Places

When you float down the Yampa you’re being carried on one of the West’s last wholly wild rivers. Try as the developers might, the Yampa remains undammed — the last of its kind in the entire Colorado drainage. So I mean Wild as in dinosaurs. Wild as in tigers. Dinosaur National Monument hides a particular Read More

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From Those Who Need no Convincing : A Holiday take on Why Fodor’s listed Utah as the #1 Place to Visit in 2016

  Earlier this winter, Fodor’s top travel company picked Utah as the 2016 #1 places to visit in the World.  You don’t have to convince us! Folks join Holiday River  for the numerous whitewater river adventures we offer, but they keep coming back because there is simply too much to take in on one rafting 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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Moab Mountain Biking & Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips

  by Julie Trevelyan   What better way to truly experience the natural wonders of Utah than by both biking and rafting? On the Moab Biking-Westwater Rafting combo trip, you can whiz on mountain bike trails then raft the Colorado River. Win-win!   The La Sal Mountain Loop in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, near world-class Read More