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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

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Strengthening Family Bonds on Multi-Generational River 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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The 5 Best Things About Lodore Canyon

By Lauren Wood Ecological nerd-fest Sitting on the boundary of an “ecological transition zone”, Dinosaur National Monument has incredible biodiversity.  Due to its unique geography sitting at the top of the Colorado Plateau and the base of the Uinta Mountain rage, the upper Green River enjoys the best of both ecosystems.  Towering Ponderosa and Lodge 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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5 Reasons To Leave The City And Go Boatin’

By Lauren Wood 1. Comfy clothing options: Kicking your feet up on a raft while you float beneath Grand Canyon-esque cliffs requires a different kind of attire. Much like fencing requires a mask and rock-climbing requires a harness, river rafting necessitates lounge attire. When I pack for my river trips, I always pack my softest Read More

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River Blessings

by Julie K. Trevelyan Gratitude is something we can all practice daily. This time of year, the concept of being grateful rings especially loudly. We can think of ten heartfelt reasons to be grateful for outdoor adventures like river rafting trips and mountain biking trips, and we want to share them with you. 1. Solitude: because Read More

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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

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Lodore Canyon Trip Review: Numerous Wildlife Sightings!

A Gates Of Lodore River Trip Through Dinosaur National Park On The Green River August 23 Our guides well exceeded my expectations. I feel that having Drew and Ann as guides on this trip was part of the very wonderful and full experience. I can’t be complimentary enough of them.  They are very knowledgeable about the Read More