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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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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!

Shimmering Water & Gorgeous Evenings

Aug 14, 2014 by Susannah Churchill

This rafting trip was some of the most relaxing and beautiful nature time I can remember! The guides did all the hard work, served up delicious meals, and were fountains of information about the plants and animals and the history of the area. I was awed by towering canyon walls, shimmering water and gorgeous evening clouds. It was a delight from start to finish.

Perfect For A Family Reunion

Aug 04, 2014 by David & Kathy Hooke

Guides were terrific. Brin has the magic touch and so obviously loves the river. Zach was spectacular with the kids. The whole team had the right balance of concern for safety and having fun! Hikes were great, but on the first hike we did get pretty spread out; later hikes, were better in terms of pre-trip planning and talk. Food was amazing, what a system! This was a superb family reunion. There was lots of time for floating and chatting, in a truly spectacular setting, with a nice balance of calm and thrills. So nice to have such a competent team taking care of all needs. It made relaxation not just possible but necessary!

Guides Were Brilliant With The Children

Aug 02, 2014 by Daniel & Caroline Baker

We had a truly fantastic trip in the Cataract Canyon. Our guides, Alex and Justin, were superb, great company, knowledgeable and brilliant with the children. Food was also excellent, definitely the best food we had on our trip. I would heartily recommend the trip and your company to anyone looking for a fun, relaxing getaway.

Another Great Holiday Trip

Aug 01, 2014 by Jan Beck

This being my third trip with Holiday, I had high expectations of every aspect and all expectations were fully met.

Let's Do It Again!

Jul 28, 2014 by Eric Larsson & Jean Talbot

It was an amazing trip. The guides inspired absolute confidence and were wonderful companions to our party as well. Given the chance I would have gladly turned around and done it again the moment we arrived at Hite.

Holiday River and Bike Expeditions 800-624-6323 544 East 3900 South Salt Lake City UT, 84107 USA 4.8 5.0 54 54 A family vacation with memories for a lifetime. The scenery is breathtaking and we saw so few people during our trip that we really felt we were on another planet. Our three guides