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


Giving to Living Rivers: an interview with John Weisheit

  Book your Utah river trip between April 11-22 and get more than a Great Deal discount. In celebration of Earth Day, not only will you save 5% on your trip, Holiday will donate an additional 5% to Living Rivers, staunch protectors of the Colorado River Watershed. As a kid in church I belted out Read More


Rules to Raft By: Superstitions of the Great Unknowable

Cross your oars and knock on driftwood, folks: Holiday’s best guides are sharing their go-to magic charms for the perfect river trip.  The river rolls on with or without us, an impersonal force of beauty and danger. But humans have this habit when faced with vast, impersonal forces of beauty and danger: we make them Read More


Desert Varnish: Weird Life in Wild Places

When you float down the Yampa you’re being carried on one of the West’s last wholly wild rivers. Try as the developers might, the Yampa remains undammed — the last of its kind in the entire Colorado drainage. So I mean Wild as in dinosaurs. Wild as in tigers. Dinosaur National Monument hides a particular Read More


From Those Who Need no Convincing : A Holiday take on Why Fodor’s listed Utah as the #1 Place to Visit in 2016

  Earlier this winter, Fodor’s top travel company picked Utah as the 2016 #1 places to visit in the World.  You don’t have to convince us! Folks join Holiday River  for the numerous whitewater river adventures we offer, but they keep coming back because there is simply too much to take in on one rafting 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

A group of commercial rafters (Holiday River Expeditions http://www.bikeraft.com) during a four day trip down the San Juan River, Southern Utah, USA

Growing with the Flow: 5 Things the River Has Taught Me

By Haley Strand   For as long as I can remember I have been riding the rapids with Holiday River Expeditions. My family always looked forward to the trips we got to go on. Whitewater rafting has been a part of my family since the day I was born. Having my mom in the industry Read More


5 Easy Steps to Book Your Next Whitewater Rafting Trip

By Haley Strand   Are you thinking about going on a rafting trip?  Is this something new you’ve never done before? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. Booking a trip for a new adventure can sometimes be stressful. You might not know what the best trip would be for your family or you might Read More