Utah Desert Springtime Wildflowers Are Here!
By Julie Trevelyan People often think of deserts as barren wastelands. Nothing could be farther from the truth in Utah. Whether you take a Colorado river rafting vacation down an awesome canyon like Cataract or take a mountain biking trip on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, the spring months tend toward Read More
Top Five Reasons to Take a National Park Vacation
by Julie Trevelyan America’s national parks are treasures enjoyed by millions of visitors every year. Our national parks are a great place to spend a vacation! We’ve got five stellar reasons for you to paddle, hike, and overall enjoy the scenery in a park near you. 1) Not only beautiful, national parks are Read More
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
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
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
Monsoon Season on the White Rim; The Wrath and Beauty of Desert Storms
By Peta Owens Liston Rain in the desert is about as plentiful as gifts from Scrooge. Yet just like this old miser, a transformation of sort takes place when the monsoon season visits the desert. I felt this powerful and outspoken generosity while riding the White Rim Trail in early September. To be Read More
River Currents Blog: Early Spring on the Colorado River
This blog post was originally published in June of 2009 just after John returned from his early season May Cataract Canyon trip. As you begin to make your plans for the 2013 season, it’s a great reminder to consider the early season. High water, fewer folks on the river, warm days and cooler Read More
Our Commitment to Real Change
Recently ResponsibleTravel.com, a leading world wide travel agent, made the decision to abandon their Carbon offset program sighting the importance of making real changes rather than purchasing offsets. Years ago Holiday River Expeditions opted not to follow the popular “offset” trend, but rather to champion the individual and the company’s creativity and willingness to Read More
Holiday employee founds new exchange program between the US and Chile to teach young kayakers about the value of free-flowing rivers.
Susan Munroe, company driver and blogger, spent the last off-season in Chilean Patagonia, writing about controversial hydroelectric development in the region of Aysén, Chile. A foreign multi-national corporation has proposed to build five mega-dams on two rivers and construct a 1,600-mile-long transmission line to carry the energy to the center of Chile. One Read More