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Is the River Calling to You? You Might be a River Rat If…

By Haley Strand               Your Chaco tan lines are still visible the next summer You constantly say, “That’s not how we do it on the river.” Your ammo can is a decorative piece in your home Bugs don’t bother you; in fact, you welcome them You have a river Read More

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GoPro tips for your Whitewater Rafting Trip

By Joe Ballent Fellow outdoor enthusiasts, you may have noticed over the last couple years that you’re seeing more and more GoPros out there.  Cool!  The video quality has only gotten better with each generation, and these bad boys can shoot upwards of 200 fps (frames per second), which means you as the adventurer can Read More

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Family River Rafting Trips: Five Things You’ll Gain by Hitting the River with Mom

By Haley Strand   Mother-daughter time is always a precious thing. Whether you’re out to lunch at your favorite spot, or you are at home looking through old photos, we all love those little moments that are shared together. Mother-daughter relationships can also be very complicated. Bickering, disagreement, eye rolling, these are all very common actions Read More

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Lodore Canyon Trip Review: Fun Paddle Boat Experience

Boating Through Lodore Canyon On the Green River, Dinosaur National Monument July 13 Our guides were handsome, witty, funny, and very entertaining. We had a dozen teenage girls on the trip and they kept the girls busy playing games, enjoying ambushes on the other boats, and generally having a rollicking good time on the paddle boats. Read More

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Lodore Canyon Trip Review: What A Memorable Birthday Trip

Floating Down The Green River In Lodore Canyon July 04 The food was excellent!  I have allergies and sensitivities and this was handled VERY well, I couldn’t be more pleased. This was the trip of a lifetime.  I gathered nine family members to commemorate a special birthday and this was also handled very well. We Read More

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Lodore Canyon Trip Review: The Commitment To “Leave No Trace”

Green River Rafting In Lodore Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument June 27 The guides were great, especially in that they shared knowledge of the geology and history of the area. It was a very big part of the enjoyment of the trip for me. They also were great in their commitment to “leave no trace” camping. Read More

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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

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What’s a typical day like on the river? A Day of River Life

  By Joe Ballent What’s a typical day like on the river?  Is there a tight schedule?  These and other questions may be common for you as you approach your first whitewater rafting trip.  Rest assured, your experienced rafting guides from Holiday River Expeditions have a strong sense of appropriate cadence to ensure a trip Read More

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6 Tips for your first whitewater rafting trip!

By Joe Ballent 1.  Bring sunscreen! While we boast some of the most stunning vistas in the country here in Utah, we also boast some of the most consistent summer sunshine.  Be sure to stock up, and check the ‘SPF’ rating.  The higher, the better.  And don’t worry- if you forget to bring some, we Read More

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Top 5 Reasons to go Springtime River Rafting

by Julie K. Trevelyan   Springtime means snow melt, which means it’s time for fun on the rivers! Here are our top five reasons to get out on a springtime river rafting vacation and experience the best whitewater on the rivers. 1. Big waves. Spring run-off usually means big water, which is the sweet spot for Read More