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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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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!


Jul 28, 2012 by Jeff and Claudia Shedd, ME

This was an absolutely wonderful trip! The guides Shawn, Emily, Ben, Zach, Jesse were great. They are thoughtful, enthusiastic about the river experience. We really loved the duckies. I would have liked use a paddle raft but I understand that it was dependent on the makeup of the group. This will always be a great family memory for all of us. Food always tasty and we were constantly amazed at what they could do with little space. Loved that "hot coffee" call first thing in the morning. Scenery absolutely beautiful.


Jul 18, 2012 by Scott and Sandra Osborn

Jordon, Kylay, Molly, Sherpa, and Tilts. As a group they were absolutely spectacular! Every one of them really cared about each guest having a great time. It is obvious that these individuals are selected for their perfect river-guide personalities. The guides were my favorite part of the trip; each one of them in their own way! Overall - I thoroughly loved the trip. camping was enjoyable, river was fun, food was tremedous, guides were the icing and the flavor of the trip! Thanks.


Jul 18, 2012 by Bill and Cyndi Weiss

Everyone was fantastic and made our trip thoroughly enjoyable. We could not have asked for a better group of guides. They were professional, courteous and aware of everyone's needs and expectations. Experienced guides, sunny weather with blue skies, expert rapid running and thousands of nighttime stars. Fantastic cuisine, numerous sighting of wildlife and river lore. Who could ask for anything more.


Jul 01, 2012 by Emily Matlin, UT

Our guides were fabulous as always! Holiday never fails to delight! Incredible whitewater, great scenery and fun, knowledgeable and professional guides. My yearly trip with Holiday is the highlight of every summer!


Jun 21, 2012 by Jeremy Peterson

This trip was excellent. I had heard good things about Lodore from friends and I've always wanted to run this stretch of river. The actual trip far exceeded my already high expectations. The scenery was amazing; I was constantly craning my neck to take in the views of colorful cliffs and ever changing rock formations. I was surprised at the variety of wildlife we saw - bighorn sheep drinking from the river just yards from our boat, deer wandering through camp, geese swimming alongside us and flying right overhead. I loved the blow-up duckies - paddling alongside the rafts and playing in the rapids was a highlight. The food was unbelievable, appetizers and freshly made gourmet food for every meal. On top of all this we had three exceptional guides who made the trip what it was. Thanks Zach, Molly and Kailei, you guys were awesome.

Response: So glad you enjoyed your trip with us Jeremy! We hope to share the river with you again soon.


Jun 20, 2012 by Eric

We just got back last night from the trip, it was awesome! We went on the Ladore canyon 4-day trip which was perfect, maybe one more day would have been better though. A 3 day trip would have been too short though! I am SO glad we went. We went rafting with a group of friends, 3 couples in total. There were 5 other guests on our trip and we got to know all of them well which made the trip so much more enjoyable.

The steep narrow deep red canyons were much more majestic than I was expecting. There was lots of wildlife (sheep, squirrels, frogs, rabbits, ducks, geese, fish, and deer). The guides were awesome - especially the leader Zach. He was very knowledgeable of the canyon and the history which was fascinating to learn about. The food made my wife and everyone else that went with us just rave about it the whole time. Who would think you would be having a great Italian pasta, Mexican fajitas, or steak and salmon on the river! It was a relaxing yet thrilling trip. They have these little kayaks you can go out of the main raft on your own or with some friends to catch some rapids and paddle around. The rapids were really fun but the time on land was just as great. We went on a hike to a waterfall and some native american pictographs while also seeing some pre-historic sea fossils. They let us go on a hike alone while they were making dinner so we could do some exploring with just our small group of six. Overall it was a very worthwhile trip and I would highly recommend it, this is a top-notch company and they have been on the river long enough to know what they are doing.


Sep 12, 2011 by E. and S. MacKenzie, United Kingdom

The raft trip was planned as a key part of our visit to America. It lived up to all our expectations, satisfied our needs and that of our 2 teenage children. I would highly recommend the trip. Pass on our thanks to David and his team, they looked after us very well.

Bike Raft , USA 5.0 5.0 20 20 It was transformative, my first river trip. It really was, among other things, exposure to living geology.