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Colorado River rafting doesn’t get much better than this! Our Westwater Canyon 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.


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

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Guides Were Magic With The Dutch Oven

Aug 26, 2014 by Tania Farrar

I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into when I had agreed to go on this trip with a group of friends. Brin and Alex were our tour guides and they were awesome! They were very friendly and knowledgeable. Not only did I get to take in the breathtaking scenery around me, I also learned a lot about the history of the area. The hikes were a little difficult but incredibly rewarding. And the food was delicious! It's incredible what these guides can cook outside the normal kitchen. One night we had filet mignon with freshly baked brownies (yes, they made a Dutch oven)! This was one of the greatest experiences I've had and I will definitely be coming back and booking a trip with Holiday River Expeditions in the future. Thank you for a memorable time!

Refreshing To “Unplug”

Aug 23, 2014 by Daniel & Joan West

I was apprehensive at first because I don't care to "rough it" anymore. As it turned out, our family had a great time. No computers or phones = perfect. The guides were great, the weather was great and the scenery was awesome.

Lack Of Electronics Does Wonders For Connecting

Aug 19, 2014 by Will T. & Susan Goldsmith

Overall, being on the river with friends is the best experience ever. You unwind and with no electronics you actually visit, talk and connect with people. The trip was amazing!

The Weather Actually Enhanced Our Trip!

Aug 16, 2014 by Mike & Sue Yeoman

This was a terrific end to our short trip through Utah. Two days on the river was just enough time to unplug. Our guides were experts in handling the rafts, setting up camp, cooking and delivering a good time. They even arranged for lightning and thunderstorms to keep us amused. In spite of heavy rain and lightning, I never felt at risk on the river. As soon as we were able, we took shelter in an old prospector's cabin. We were delighted to see multiple red flash flood waterfalls as we progressed down river. It was likely a once in a lifetime experience for most of us. Susan, Julian, KC and Larkin provided a very enjoyable trip!

Standard Of Excellence

Aug 05, 2014 by Thomas Bensen & Roberta Facinelli

We rafted with Holiday many years ago in Lodore Canyon, and again last week in Westwater Canyon. I'm happy to report that the standard of excellence is still the same after all these years! The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, the food was amazing, and the hikes were terrific!

Providing The "Gold Standard" For River Rafting

Jul 31, 2014 by Daniel J. Steffen

As a ski instructor and former tour operator myself, I know firsthand what it takes to manage a group on a tour. I have to commend you and your staff for providing the best and most professional customer service imaginable. All your guides were terrific, but Julian and Susan were exceptional as far as their attentiveness to safety, hygiene, maintaining the gear and boats while providing for the comfort of all the guests throughout the entire trip. We were extremely impressed with the cohesiveness of the group and the teamwork exhibited by your staff who worked their “butts” off. The guide’s river running skills and competency speaks for itself, but their knowledge of all aspects of the trip from archaeology, geology, environmental sensitivity, etc. to their culinary and interpersonal skills vastly contributed to and enhanced our total experience. We certainly appreciated the trip and will recommend Holiday River Expeditions whenever the opportunity arises. You and your staff have set the bar high providing the “gold standard” for river rafting in general. Thank you again!

Good Old Fashioned Fun!

Jul 20, 2014 by Glen & Natasha Grundy

Our family unit of four (two young boys) had an unforgettable experience! From the rapids, to the fishing, to the wildlife, to the food, to the social interaction, all very enriching and genuine good old fashioned fun!

Same Trip, Different Experience

Jul 15, 2014 by Julie Guiney

Everything is done very well and the guides are super personable. We did the exact same trip over the exact same weekend as last year and had a totally different experience. The water was running about twice as fast so although it felt like we were on the river about the same amount of time the 1st and 2nd day, we got in a lot more hikes which were really fun, too. The guides were just as great as last years, very friendly and helpful and got us through the big rapid safe and sound. We stopped for lunch and camped overnight in all different locations which made exploring interesting. It was so nice to be on the river with huge canyon walls surrounding us and to be away from the day to day events of life. Thanks!

AWESOME all the way around!!

Jul 05, 2014 by Kathryn Morici

Dave, Justin, Zac, and Colin made this one of our most fun and relaxing vacations ever! They were fun, the food was extraordinary, the time spent rafting vs relaxing a perfect ratio, and those wonderful guides anticipated our every need. Highly recommend!!

The River Transformed My Grandchildren

Jun 16, 2014 by Web & Joan Golden

We brought our six grandchildren and the guides went out of their way to make sure the experience was memorable. Reaching camp early each afternoon, they took them on hikes after unloading the boats and played catch with them after dinner. The meals were fantastic with amazing menus in the middle of no-where. We wanted our six grandchildren, ranging in age from 11-21 to have the experience of a 3 day, 2 night journey on the Colorado River with Holiday River Expeditions. We knew we would not be disappointed as we have traveled with Holiday River in 1997. These kiddos who have grown up in Johnson County, KS without any previous camping experience found out how self-sufficient and independent they could be. They set up and broke down their camp sites, were able to kayak on the calm part of the river and experience the excitement of the rapids later in the trip. This was a memorable trip for all of us.

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