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Colorado River rafting doesn’t get much better than this! Our Westwater Canyon whitewater rafting trip takes us down a segment of the Colorado River that is magnificent and is often referred to as a miniature Grand Canyon. The beauty and grandeur of this section of the Colorado River offers memorable sights such as pristine beaches, charming side canyons, and beautiful campsites.

Westwater Canyon is a great rafting trip for those who want the beauty and thrills of a traditional Colorado River rafting vacation, and yet only have a few days available for their river rafting tour. Westwater: the ultimate two or three-day getaway.  Colorado River Rafting trips in Westwater Canyon begin in May and run through September.


  • Great introduction to river rafting trips
  • Excellent choice if you are short on time
  • Exciting class III & IV whitewater rapids
  • Stunning wilderness canyon with unique rock formations

Read More about River Rafting trips on the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon “Little Grand Canyon”

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by Erik Harrison & Dawn McBride on
Stimulating Conversations Complimented Beautiful Canyon Walls

Jesse, Erica, Chet and on the final day Max were terrific hosts and guides. Not only were they incredibly knowledgeable about the river's ecosystem but they were at complete ease in chatting about a broad range of topics. Those are the interesting sorts of folks that make a trip an experience to remember for the place and the people.

by Daniel Lederer on
Guides With Great Personalities

The entire experience was amazing and the guides were perfect! They took the time to make sure everyone knew what was going on and that everyone was having fun and being safe too! The food was better than I eat at home and everyone agreed it was the best food they had had on a camping / hiking trip. The guides’ personalities were awesome and they took the time to point out things to make the trip even better than standard and really made the trip memorable! I couldn't have asked for a better trip.

by Erik Harrison & Dawn McBride on
I Enjoyed The Omelets, Grilled Salmon & Steak Filet

I didn't see it posted anywhere but I'm pretty sure it's a requirement to be really, really good looking in order to work for Holiday. Seriously, everyone from our shuttle driver to our guides: Jesse, Erika and Chet with Max joining us with an additional eight guests on the second day.We were in Jesse's boat for the entire trip and he was amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable about the river, its history, and the wildlife and kept us entertained with random stories. He was the consummate professional while keeping it fun. There were some ridiculously silly comments and questions made during the float and while I wanted to punch myself in the ears in an effort to block out the inanity, Jesse responded to each without an ounce of condescension.And the food? Holy hell. It was better than I eat at home, tragically. Omelets, chipotle style burritos, grilled salmon, mashed potatoes, and steak filet. I just drooled a little on my keyboard. Also, if you're on that self-deprivation wagon known as gluten free, there are yummy looking options for that as well.The one and only negative I can think of is the fact that you will have to pee in a bucket for 3 days. But unless you're expecting Holiday to provide waterproof catheters, I'd say peeing outside is pretty basic when it comes to camping.Overall, I absolutely loved the entire trip and felt overwhelmingly fortunate to get to have such an amazing experience with such a fantastic group of people. THANK YOU!!!!!!

by Jennifer Madrigal on
I've Never Felt So In Tune With Nature

This trip was quite a surprise. It was a Birthday trip planned by my Fiancé (bless his heart). I had never gone camping or whitewater rafting so I didn't know what to expect. It could have gone bad but as a city girl I have learned to keep my mind positive. That being said, my experience with Holiday River Expeditions was the BEST I have had in my 27 years! NEVER have I felt so in tune with nature! The guides and the outdoor experience were so memorable that describing it doesn't give it justice. You have to be there to understand the magic it held! BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! I can't talk enough about how friendly and knowledgeable the staff was. How they made sure you got the BEST out of your trip. I already miss the colors of the canyons, the sound of the river and the laughter and humor of the group of strangers I had the pleasure of meeting. Would I recommend HRE? I already have! They have left me addicted to new adventures in the West! I'll be back for a second experience, third and maybe fourth.

by Nic Bax on
Exciting Whitewater!

An excellent 3-day Westwater Canyon trip gave our family the whitewater rafting experience we were looking for with guides committed to us all having a good time.

by Michael Gray on
"Made My Decade"

Best crew ever. The cooking was exceptional. Karen, in the office, was also unbelievably helpful. My gear stayed dry and all materials worked as they should. Everything was perfect. This was the best trip ever, no joke. The crew went above and beyond expectations. I can honestly say this experience made my decade. Thank you guys so much. We WILL be back soon.

by Colin Field on
Our Guides Were Very Knowledgeable

Erica, Jesse and Chet were great guides, great hosts and great cooks. I appreciated their knowledge of the local environment and particularly Jesse's hiking hints. My group had a great time.

by Mike Schiavo on
Majestic Scenery

The spectacular scenery was simply majestic! Three days and two nights was not enough! We will be back...

by Jeff Orbock& Kathy Coyle on
A Consistent, First Class Operation

All the equipment was in good condition including boats and other Holiday gear. Guides, as always make the trip special. Our 3-day Westwater trip met or exceeded our expectations in nearly every way. Holiday provides a consistent, first class experience and that’s why we’ve kept coming back over the past 30+ years. Everyone in our party said they had a great time and memorable experience.

by Julie & Jeff West on
Fun River Activities & Riddles

Larkin could control the boat and ask the young boys (10 and 12) in our boat riddles at the same time. She was also patient with people getting in and out of the boat, in and out of the "duckies" and the paddle board. I think our boat had the most ins and outs of our group and she was great about all that activity. We appreciated the guides telling us when were good times to swim and try the duckies. We appreciated their encouragement to try river activities as well as their guidance on when and where to test our abilities. They are AMAZING young people. They are STRONG, responsible, fun, kind, considerate, knowledgeable and people who love the outdoors, especially the rivers.
The food was very good. I really liked the pasta salad and the steak and fish night was a delicious surprise. I didn't expect that kind of food on the river. The guides were efficient and talented cooks too. We loved the local melons. Lambkin....mmmmmmm. We bought some at the fruit stand to take home. A multiple day river trip is an experience I have wanted to do since high school. My dream came true at age 61! I hope to go again. The highlights were the beauty of Westwater Canyon, the fun of swimming, kayaking and using the stand up paddle board as well as the amazing, talented, personable guides, the good condition of the equipment we rented, and the other guests in our group. Thank you all!

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