Sacrifice Zones and The Water of White Mesa

Some of us love the desert. Even the desert that gets called by an Atomic Energy Commission official a “damn good place to dump used razor blades.” Some of us love the people of the desert. Even the people who get called by the AEC a “low-use segment of the population.” Those are my people Read More

It's a Beaver

Saved by the Rodent: beavers build hope for the West

In the deserts of the West, the most precious resource is water, and that water has a guardian, and that guardian is a very big rodent. We see their wet fur in glimpses, or startle at their warning-slap on the water, recognizing that the danger they’re shouting is us. Or maybe we only see the 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


Supporting Local Farmers

    By Karen Johnson Crenshaw, Canary, Ogen, Israeli and Rocky Sweet are a few of the more obscure melons you’ll find in the Melon capital of the world….Green River, Utah.   Holiday River Expeditions supports and buys local from Dunham Melons and Green River Produce from the time the annual harvest begins. During the Read More

Rafters on the Green River.

Whitewater to GreyWater – Lifeblood of the Desert

by Amy Christeson   Water. On river trips, we spend our days surrounded by it. We swim in it, bathe in it, and take it for granted. But upon leaving the river corridor, we are greeted with a vast, arid landscape.  Reminder: we live in the desert, where water is a scarcity.   Our Green Read More