The Je Ne Sais Quoi of the Campfire Marshmallow

The Je Ne Sais Quoi of the Campfire Marshmallow (Yes, this is literally a puff piece. But stick with me.) The food on a Holiday river expedition is superb. The muscled guides unpack a full kitchen from the boat, and then turn to their more delicate talents: churning out fluffy pancakes or flavor-packed lasagna, or Read More


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


Fighting the Current: Deleted Words and Depleted Rivers

Over the past decade, Oxford Junior Dictionary has weeded nature out of its words. Acorn, Apricot, Blackberry, Dandelion — the plants have wilted straight out of the text, along with their animal kin Beaver, Heron, Cheetah. Their empty posts have been taken by Broadband, MP3 player, Chatroom (tellingly, Allergy, Drought, and Endangered have also made 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


Five “Mind-ographs” From the Main Salmon River

  By Peta Owens Liston It’s still mid winter, but I can feel the warmth seeping into my memory as I arrange a series of photos for framing from our rafting trip this past summer on the Main Salmon. I suspect, as it is a cool March morning, that these photographs will trigger the same Read More

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Health in Nature: The Science

    This article hit home for us as we have long stood by the concept that a longer trip is a better trip. It’s important to take time to settle into the experience and your surroundings, slow down and shake off the day to day. Now, we have some science to back us up! 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


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


Utah River Rafting Trips: Green River Rafting through Desolation Canyon, Where the Adventure Runs Deep

by Julie Trevelyan Green River Rafting Trips through Desolation Canyon “Desolation” usually conjures images of loneliness. However, Desolation Canyon is lonely in the best sense of the word: remote, uncrowded, and still untouched by the world. We think it’s a sweet river to run; so much so, in fact, that we have five great reasons Read More


Top Five River Rafting Pack Essentials

  by Julie Trevelyan   Going on a river rafting trip means packing the right stuff. The very top of your list should include sense of adventure, sense of fun, sense of humor, and willingness to laugh often and happily. Of course, Holiday provides a detailed packing list for each river trip participant. But it’s Read More