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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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Part 1: The Photo Diary of a Whitewater River Rat

By Joe Ballent Photo Diary Of A Whitewater River Rat They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and after combing through my folders of rafting photos (dating back to the ancient 2008) I’m forced to agree.  I compiled the highlight shots from a number of different trips with Holiday River Expeditions, with guests Read More

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Desolation Canyon Kayak Workshop Trip Review: Loved The Kayak Workshop

Utah River Rafting & A Kayak Workshop Down The Green River, Desolation Canyon August 04, 2014 All aspects of the trip exceeded my expectations. Chet was a phenomenal trip leader. Andy did a super job with the kayak workshop. The kayak workshop is the trip of a lifetime. If you are physically capable of paddling for Read More

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Desolation Canyon Trip Review: We could stay on the river for another five days

Rafting on the Green River through Desolation Canyon with the Harmer Family. July 28-01, 2014 Our Desolation Canyon trip couldn’t have featured a more congenial group of guides.  They took good care of us, worked well as a team, and helped make our adventure happy and memorable.  Please let them (and Tim) know what a Read More

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Desolation Canyon Trip Review: Long Lasting Memories

Utah River Rafting Desolation Canyon On The Green River June 16-20, 3014 I have done many different trips of this type and all aspects exceeded my expectations. We enjoyed this experience as a family and it created memories which will last for generations. Thank you. By Jamie Wallace

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Have you ever wanted to ask your River Guide, what’s In Your Ammo Can?

By Joe Ballent Part One: When I first began working for Holiday River Expeditions, I had several goals to strive for- not the least of which was obtaining my guide license and some serious river time.  I was in my late teens, unloading grocery trucks in the warehouse and dreaming of the day when I’d Read More

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The magic of Burn Camp and the man behind it, Brad Wiggins

  By Joe Ballent One of the most unique privileges I got as a guide for Holiday was to work the University Of Utah Burn Camp trip.  Burn Camp is an experience that is difficult to put into words, but I’m going to try. Each summer, Holiday River Expeditions sends a chartered, six-day trip down Read More

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White Water Rafting School

For adventurists looking to take the plunge into white water rafting, the beginning White Water Kayaking School is an ideal holiday gift. While prior kayaking experience is not a requirement, it is helpful. Holiday River Expeditions suggests guests take a kayak swimming pool class, which helps ease the white water rafting river learning curve. Many Read More

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River Currents Blog: Feedback Friday! Desolation Canyon, San Juan River & White Rim Trail

  Well beyond my expectations!   This was an incredible experience. My brother and I took my father, for his 80th birthday, on a trip to retrace the path of one of his heroes, John Wesley Powell.  We took the Desolation Canyon trip. Everything about it was exceptional- the guides, the scenery, the plane trip, Read More

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River Healing and the Strength of Spirit

  By Noel Gugliotta   I had the incredible opportunity to be a guide for a touching trip that Holiday helps sponsor every year called Burn Camp. In partnership with the University of Utah Burn Center, Holiday River Expeditions escorts a group of teenagers that have experienced severe burns to their bodies on a 6- Read More