Young KINGs of Climate: How “Keep It in the Ground” is shaping the environmental movement.

We at Holiday can’t be greedy with our talented bloggers. In that vein, Kate Savage, the intrepid writer who has been discussing such curious creatures as lichen, desert varnish, pot-holes and cryptobiotic soil has recently taken a post writing for Grand Canyon Trust. The Trust is a wonderful organization protecting the ‘wild heart of the Read More


50 Ways to Cut an Onion: 6 decades of River-Rats Celebrate Dee Holladay and Holiday River Expeditions

By: Lauren Wood Ray’s Tavern was bustling with travelers, bikers and river-folk alike on the eve of the Holiday River 50th Anniversary weekend celebration. Like any other day at Ray’s, delicious smells wafted out of the brick building into the remote streets of Green River; acting like a homing beacon for river-guides far and wide. Read More

White Rim Trip in Canyonlands, October 1-3.

Shhh, Listen, Do You Hear That? Eavesdropping on John Wesley Powell and his Historic Geographic River Expedition

By Peta Liston-Owens What comes to mind when envisioning John Wesley Powell’s 1869 three-month raucous river expedition through the unchartered terrain of the Green and Colorado rivers, and into the depths of the Grand Canyon? In his book, Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons, passages paint images of striking landscape and stomach-dropping first Read More

The Major-Westwater-Dr. Miller

The Colorado River through Westwater Canyon

by Julie Trevelyan Colorado River Rafting through Westwater Canyon Rafting the Colorado River through Utah’s Westwater Canyon is a short but super memorable rafting vacation of a lifetime. Big water, gorgeous desert canyon walls, possible wildlife sightings such as bald eagles and ravens and maybe even river otters, and a tight three-day schedule all make 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

another boat line-up

Rafting the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon

by Julie Trevelyan Rafting the Colorado River through Utah’s famous Cataract Canyon is the river rafting adventure of a lifetime for many people. Cataract Canyon, which swirls its way through the heart of beautiful Canyonlands National Park, is renowned for its tremendous whitewater rapids, gorgeous canyon walls that tower up to the incredible blue sky, Read More


The Photo Diary of a Whitewater River Rat: Part 2

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

Rafters on the Green River.

River Time, River Weather, River Skies

  By Joe Ballent It’s been said that rivers are earth’s wild renegades.  They’re one of the best places to experience nature at its most raw and most primal.  This particularly goes for the elements.  Some of the deepest tranquility as well as the most ferocious storms I’ve ever experienced have both revealed themselves in Read More


A Few of Our Favorite Things…About River Rafting Trips: Wildlife

    by Julie K. Trevelyan   River rafting has a whole host of super coolness that attracts people. From the whitewater rapids to the tall canyon walls to the deep intimacy with our beautiful natural world, a rafting adventure offers bucket loads of fun. We decided to round up a few of our favorite Read More


Please, if it’s not too late, make that a Cheeeeese Burger

   Ray’s Tavern By Joe Ballent     We just finished unpacking our latest trip, and I’m famished.  Well, as famished as one can be after eating gourmet steak-and-potatoes feasts, lasagna, and other of the finest culinary concoctions you’ll find on any river in the world.  Holiday’s guests eat like royalty on the river, but Read More