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On our river trips, our rafts are the key. On our bike trips, our bikes are the key. Both offer conveyance into otherwise unapproachable wilderness, so we make sure all of our equipment is in tip-top, worry-free shape. On most trips, our guests rarely recognize how clean and well packed our rafts and vans are. That’s good! It’s when things break, malfunction or fall apart that people notice. Keeping our gear in tip-top shape avoids those inconvenient situations.
The 17-foot rafts haul tremendous loads that put the “cush” into camping. We design and build the rigging ourselves, because after 45 years of experience, we have a pretty good idea of what works. The design is the perfect marriage of utility, security, and comfort…it is a Holiday exclusive, without equal in the industry.
As a passenger, you travel comfortably with plenty of places to sit or stretch out, while your guide rows you down the river. Our oared rafts can carry up to six guests, as well as all the food, camping and safety equipment that make our trips a true vacation.
Our 15-foot paddle boats give guests a more “hands on” experience — the option of taking an active role in propelling a raft down the river and through rapids. On long multi-day trips paddle boat participants must be in good physical condition, adventurous and willing to get WET! Paddle boats are offered on the Yampa, San Juan, Main Salmon, Lower Salmon and Green River-Lodore Canyon trips subject to water conditions and group interest.
On the river we affectionately call inflatable kayaks “duckies” – small one person boats which allow you to explore the river and play on your own. They add to the excitement on small to moderate sized rapids. On most trips we can bring a few along for guests to share on appropriate sections of the rivers.
The bikes are by Specialized a leader in the mountain bike industry. Our in-house bike mechanic keeps our bikes in prime working order ready for you to jump on and go. Routine maintenance and quality bikes make for a great riding experience.
Off the trail or river, it’s nice to know you’ve got a comfortable bed waiting for you. You’re welcome to bring your own camping gear or rent gear from us. Our camping equipment is tried and true on river or trail. Inch-and-a-half thick air- and foam-filled sleeping mats, we call “Paco Pads”; clean and comfortable sleeping bags and trustworthy and rain-proof tents make the camping portion of your trip that much more enjoyable.
Clean and dry river bags are provided for each guest to put clothes and sleeping bag in. A smaller dry bag is provided as a day bag that is easy accessible on the river or trail throughout the day.
On the way to river or trail is an exciting time, you’re anxious to begin the adventure. To make sure you get there in comfort and on-time, we have a fleet of well-maintained Ford passenger vans to haul you and your gear to the starting point. At the end of the trip, our friendly drivers and comfortable vans greet you to return you to our headquarters.
On our mountain bike trips, our specially outfitted four-wheel-drive Ford vans haul your gear, food, water and cushy camping accouterments, so you can enjoy your ride. Holiday-designed water tanks ensure you have enough water for drinking and “solar showers” and then some.