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Legendary Cataract Canyon lies buried in the heart of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Our whitewater rafts offer fun and exciting transportation to side canyon grotto’s, waterfalls and ancient Pueblo ruins that are otherwise inaccessible. On this river rafting vacation we see the most vivid contrast between serene tranquility and all-out high adventure.

During the first segment of our Colorado river rafting trip the fast-moving current slides us quietly past brilliantly colored cliffs and towering table-top mesas. Here the river conditions both body and soul, giving you time to prepare yourself for the behemoth whitewater rapids awaiting below the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers.

Nowhere on its entire course does the Colorado River descend more precipitously than through Cataract Canyon. On night three of our river rafting adventure, the Colorado River will not rest. The roar of the cataracts will lull you to sleep, dance in your dreams, only to awaken you the next morning with a new song. Time to batten down the hatches and hold on because this is Cataract Canyon whitewater rafting at its best. Twenty-three BIG ONES, among them Mile Long, Ben Hurt and the grand-daddy of them all, The Big Drops, which is a succession of three heavy-hitters that will leave you laughing and cheering. We move 30 feet closer to sea level in less than a mile.  Colorado River Rafting trips through Cataract Canyon begin in May and run through September.


  • Explore the heart of Canyonlands National Park
  • Classic Southern Utah Red Rock Desert Environment
  • Immense Rolling Whitewater Waves
  • Colorado River Rafting and side canyon hiking

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Mind Blowing Archaeology

Jun 15, 2015 by Rachelle Moore

The hiking and camping in the Canyonlands is by far some of the best ever. The local bats help eliminate the mosquitoes and biting flies. The camp spots were killer. Even the placement of bathrooms made all experiences magical. Our tour guides were top notch. Zack was a strong communicator and made me feel safe during the rapids. Ben was extremely knowledgeable and caring. I Saw him helping one of the kids with a hurt toe and he was an excellent medic. Jules is wicked smart. He was helpful with any questions we had about our maps and the surrounding landscapes. Collin was especially entertaining - his songs and guitar skills were amazing. However, the top highlight of the trip for me was hiking to the archaeological sites. They are mind blowing and so remote. I really got to enjoy the structures and petroglyphs up close and personal. This was less of a "rafting trip" in my mind and was more of an archaeological expedition without the digging, a pleasant surprise. Thanks so much!

great new season

May 17, 2015 by Barb Retzlaff

We just returned from a five-day trip to Cataract Canyon. Loved it, recommend it! Guides so personable, capable, hard working, and knowledgeable. Management, equipment, food & bev, hikes and rapids all terrific.

The Guides Instilled Confidence In Me

Oct 18, 2014 by Bob & Carolyn Hoffman

The guides were super patient with me. I rode with Susan on the rapid days because she took the time to explain how to hold on and told me I would be fine (I was a little nervous). Susan and Dave were particularly patient with me when we negotiated a slot canyon. I had never done anything like it before. They never showed any doubt that I could do it, and I did! The 8 days flew by. The trip was a fabulous opportunity to leave my stress behind and to live in the moment with nature.

In The Heart Of Nature With No Motor

Oct 06, 2014 by Mary Gavan

The guides were always friendly, happy and eager to make our trip safe, fun and relaxing. I commend them, they work really hard. There were opportunities to hike each day or just relax in camp. Also, there were options to use the inflatable kayaks in the rapids. No pressure. I must really commend Holiday for the food, and of course, the guides who did all the cooking. It isn't easy to satisfy the many palates of people but you guys did a great job of it. All the fresh veggies and fruit make a healthy meal. Thank you. I have been rafting and kayaking rivers since the early 1980's - all private trips. This was my first commercial river trip. I was apprehensive about commercial river trips because most of them use motors and I did not want to be in the heart of nature listening to a motor. Another concern of mine was: how experienced are the guides? The first day or two of the trip I watched carefully and spent time on each boat, thinking, I want to be on the boat with the best guide when we run the rapids. In my humble opinion, all guides were equally experienced. From that time on I didn't care whose boat I was on in the rapids. And so: I relaxed in camp, hiked, ate great food and enjoyed the beauty of Glen Canyon from my reclined position on the boat. I had no work; like cooking or setting up the kitchen, rigging or unrigging the boat, and no groover duty. I can get used to this! Thanks.

Zero Light Pollution Makes For The BEST Star Gazing

Sep 28, 2014 by David Yackey

Julian, Rocky and Jordan were great. They were very communicative and knowledgeable. I enjoyed their company and what they could share about the area on the river and on the hikes. The trip was fantastic. It was a great combination of relaxing river floating, good rapids, and a variety of hiking opportunities. It was great to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and get out into nature and see its beauty and power. Being away from all of the light pollution and being able to see all of the stars you normally can't was awesome.

New Friends Made On True Adventure

Sep 24, 2014 by Dean Brynildsen

Brin, Julian, Alex, and Erika were phenomenal. From sunrise to bedtime they were taking care of us, always had very positive attitudes and were highly skilled in all aspects of the float. Food was fantastic and the guides set up, cooking, presentation and dish washing is down to a science. By the end of the float everyone was friends, which attests to the positive and personal-in-nature treatment we all received from the guides. Hats off to them. Thanks for a real adventure.

Yes Please! Tell The World About This Trip & These Guides!

Sep 24, 2014 by Dru Ross

Brin, Alex, Julian and Erica were by far the best part of the trip. Without their expert and professional guidance we would have never been able to experience such a magnificently powerful and awesome trip through some of the most beautiful natural splendor in the world. I can't say enough about their courtesy, humor, strength, cooking ability, positive attitude and spirit. It was truly a magical experience and we owe it all to the way they handled our group and lead us through the canyon. I will never be the same! Yes please tell the world about this trip and these guides.

Cataract Sept 7-12, 2014

Sep 14, 2014 by Sally Swartz

Loved this trip. Beautiful canyon and crew was terrific - professional, ecological, helpful, competent and delightful. Would and will recommend your company to others. Hope to book with you for June 2016 combo bike and raft of yampa. How early do I need to plan?

Response: Glad you enjoyed your trip Sally! The Yampa River trips do book early so I would recommend contacting us in January to begin your planning. Until then...Go With The Flow!

We Were In Good Hands

Sep 13, 2014 by Jim West & Susan Newell

The guides were absolutely wonderful! They were so knowledgeable about the river; its history and geology. They were also as skilled in navigating the rapids, always gracious and accommodating, fun, and great cooks as well! I felt like we were in good hands every step of the way. They really made the trip a great adventure.

A Great Blend Of Guests

Sep 01, 2014 by Jim Warkentin

The rafting trip was fantastic! We had a great blend of guests that made for interesting conversations and friendly ribbing throughout the trip. Our guides, Zack, Julian, Rocky, Larkin, Erica and Ben were awesome. They were friendly, courteous and ready to help. They prepared awesome meals and were always looking to see how to make our experience fun! Highly recommended!

Holiday River and Bike Expeditions 800-624-6323 544 East 3900 South Salt Lake City UT, 84107 USA 4.8 5.0 49 49 The hiking and camping in the Canyonlands is by far some of the best ever. The local bats help eliminate the mosquitoes and biting flies. The camp spots were killer. Even the place