2011-06-09-Yampa-292

Profiles Company Founder, Dee Holladay

  By Susan Munroe If someday a historian were to sum up the collected wisdom of Dee Holladay and bind it into a tome, the title embossed on the front would be: “Well, if ya was ta…” Holiday River Expeditions founder, constant tinkerer, environmental trailblazer, consummate river rat, friend, father, teacher, Dee Holladay has been Read More

2011-06-11-Yampa-1090

“Green” Goes the Running of Rivers in Utah

Q & A with Founder Dee Holladay Over the last 50 years running rivers, Dee Holladay, owner and founder of Holiday River Expeditions, has woven conservation efforts into every area of his company—in training the guides, in educating the guests and providing a pristine experience, in partnering with like-minded organizations , and quite literally in 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

2011-06-11-Yampa-1090

59 Years for Dee & Sue, 49 years for Holiday River Expeditions

    By Tim “TJ” Sattelmeier   The founders of Holiday River Expeditions, Dee and Sue Holladay have just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. H.E. began 10 years later in 1965. Four years earlier on their 55th anniversary they celebrated with a family Westwater Canyon river trip. Sue said in an interview, “I have been Read More

2011-06-08-Yampa-267

Family River Rafting Trips: Strengthening Family Bonds on Multi-Generational Trips

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~ Novelist Jane Howard By Peta Owens-Liston Blood is thicker than water, so goes the old adage, and days on the river with family serves to strengthen the ties Read More

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Currents of Change

Currents of change have found their way from the river canyons to our cozy Holiday River office;  Tammy Holladay Jones our 27 year Trip Director and life long Holiday river runner will be leaving at year’s end for an exciting new adventure working for Utah Paperbox right here in Salt Lake City. Trained by her Read More

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Motor-less Memories

  By Lauren Wood Martin Litton, a beloved environmentalist and harbinger for wilderness died November 30th, but his legacy lives on in the policies and parks he fought for and the friends he influenced along the way. Dee Holladay and Martin Litton met at a Western River Guides Association meeting in 1972’.  As Sue Holladay 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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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

2010-08-17-Cataract-1532

Family River Rafting Trips: You enable others to enjoy, appreciate and respect the river environment.

    Dear Dee, It had been 18 years since my first Cataract Canyon rafting trip and 8 years since my last trip; both with Holiday River Expeditions. My return to Cataract Canyon on a 6 day trip on August 3rd; this time with my sons, Bryan and Sean, and son-in-law, Jake, was not a Read More