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Whitewater rafting trips through Lodore Canyon are filled with excitement and beautiful scenery. We will encounter 800 foot canyon walls superbly crafted by Mother Nature of Precambrian Bedrock along with exquisite vermilion rock formations. Many of its exciting whitewater rapids were named by John Wesley Powell, who first discovered the canyon in 1869. Powell’s adventures live on in the rapids he named: Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls and Hell’s Half Mile. Set aside as an American treasure in 1938 under the National Park System, Lodore Canyon is a sanctuary for bighorn sheep, deer and elk.


  • Exhilarating Class III & IV whitewater rapids
  • Cavernous canyons of amazing beauty
  • Many opportunities to view wildlife
  • Soft sandy beaches for camping & games

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A Tale Of Two Rivers

Jun 15, 2014 by John Sheff

The Holiday office coordinators are the friendliest people on the planet. The personal touch....that is what makes dealing with Holiday by phone so easy. There was strong leadership on our trip. I found the staff especially attentive to my food allergy problem (i.e. celiac disease) and that level of attention put me at ease. The hike to the petroglyphs up Jones Hole Creek (my second time) was very rewarding. The Lodore trip is a tale of two rivers: the damned, controlled Green River, and the undammed wild Yampa River. Having done the Yampa previously, I enjoyed the contrast of the Green merging into the Yampa. I also learned that doing the same river twice (i.e. the Yampa) is not the same experience twice: the river is never the same. The staff is just tireless and puts effort into maximizing the group's experience. Unplugged in the canyons of Utah on swift-river in an ever changing landscape: paradise!

Strikingly Gorgeous River Canyons

Jun 11, 2014 by Emily Sabbatini

This was my first time doing this trip, and I was able to get all the info I needed beforehand by navigating through the website. Very helpful! Our guides were pretty much the coolest people EVER, the hikes were beautiful (and the perfect level of difficulty, so everyone could easily participate) and the food literally blew my mind. Everything was DELICIOUS! I was absolutely blown away by the whole experience. It was my first time rafting, and it will certainly not be my last! The guides were professional, knowledgeable and so much fun to be around. They taught us so many fun new facts about the river and canyons throughout the trip, which I really appreciated. And everywhere you look is just stunningly beautiful and striking. I still can't stop looking through my photos (which don't even do it justice!). I would recommend this trip to EVERYONE.

Cheerfully Handled Dietary Concerns

Jun 01, 2014 by Veronica Egan

Every facet of the experience was outstanding. I was especially impressed with how competently and cheerfully the guides dealt with clients' multiple dietary concerns. I have done 2 Lodore trips now with Holiday Expeditions. As a private boater, I am aware of the many challenges that can arise on whitewater trips and Holiday's staff and equipment has been top notch. The food has always been ample, healthy and delicious. I would recommend Holiday to anyone!

Fun Rapids & Great Food!

May 18, 2014 by Olivia Jung

The food was mind-blowing. Superlative! Ready to launch again down the rapids in a heartbeat!

Wonderful Guides

May 04, 2014 by Jim & Sherry

We had a great time! The guides were wonderful, and the scenery was amazing.


Aug 30, 2012 by Claudia Allred

Kerry and Peter were wonderful guides and hosts. Providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our family was their entire focus. Food and service were above and beyond; everything exceeded our expectations. I learned so much about this beautiful place. I never gave much thought to Lodore Canyon or Dinosaur National Monument before, but now this place will always be close to my heart. Thanks for a most memorable time.


Aug 24, 2012 by Sara Hooper and Chad Majawski

I got stuck with some work I needed to do and Karen was very helpful in helping me make a change. The guides were great! my girls (10 and 11 yrs) and I were bringing up the rear on a hike and Molly made sure we got back without any stress, and the food was great. 3 meals daily, always different. I'd always wanted to do a multi-day river trip, and kept putting it off. I'm so glad we went! My daughters were saying they wanted to do it again next year on the very first day! So I'm hoping we can do another trip next year, it was a wonderful experience and beyond my high expectations! thank you all again!


Aug 22, 2012 by Philip Disraeli

My 14 year old son and I selected the Lodore Canyon trip for some father-son bonding this summer. We had never gone whitewater rafting before and had little experience with tent camping. We were very impressed with the whole experience. This 4 day whitewater trip is a perfect blend of rafting (with expert guides doing the paddling), whitewater kayaking, hiking and tent camping. The professional guides modeled for us a "leave no trace" approach to the wilderness that everyone should experience.The food was surprisingly good and wholesome. Next time, I'll see if my wife will come!


Aug 03, 2012 by P. Barrette and J. McCarthy, Florida

Karen helped us pick a perfect trip for kids who are 8 and 10. The river bags were actually a little bigger than expected. Next time I will bring more clothes! We also rented the sleep kit with the tents. Gear was in top shape. Only minor complaint was that there was no rain gear provided (as stated on the list). It rained a little on our last day. We had Lauren, Wade, Julian, and TJ. All the guides were fantastic. They were very knowledgeable and tons of fun. Wade was also totally hot! :-) The two hikes we did were terrific. The second one was a little long for the 8 year old, as we only made it half way. Recommend adding some cards or small games in the \"KIDS\" box. Food was amazing. I never eat that well at home, never mind in the wilderness! My 10 year old daughter\'s comment sums it up perfectly, \"it was like a 4-star hotel without the roof\". One of the top 2 vacations we have ever taken. The kids loved it!!


Aug 01, 2012 by Steve and Andrea Moran

We had a fantastic family adventure through Lodore Canyon. We celebrated our daughter's ninth birthday on the river, and our guides, Jordan and Mike, went above and beyond to make her day special. They were awesome with the kids, giving them independence yet keeping them safe and entertained. We couldn't have asked for more. BEST FAMILY VACATION EVER!!!! Thanks Jordan and Mike!

Bike Raft , USA 5.0 5.0 27 27 I always try not to have a ton of expectations but you guys exceeded every one of them!The guides who took us down the Green River were all amazing people who went out of their w