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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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Loved The Safe Thrill Rides

Jul 09, 2014 by Ed & Pamela Girardin

The food was amazing. We couldn't believe what the guides could come up with meal after meal. The trip exceeded our expectations!! It was an amazing 5 days. The rapids were unbelievable and while it was a trilling ride - we always felt safe. The guides were amazing, we had Brin, Dave, Rocky and Alex. All were knowledgeable on the river and the terrain. Plus they were great people, easy to talk with and clearly loved their jobs. We hope to be back to do another trip soon.

Perfect Trip! From Every Angle

Jul 05, 2014 by Nate Boxer

Another excellent trip! We had a great time. Top notch guides (LB & Chet), great food, perfect weather, great campsites, nice hikes. I will continue to recommend your company to all.

So Happy I Went

Jul 03, 2014 by Alice Shilhanek

As a beginner multiday rafter, this was an awesome time. The guides were outstanding in every aspect. The river and canyon and rapids did not disappoint.

3rd Time On Cataract, Still Incredible

Jun 28, 2014 by Joel Acken & Jennifer Phillips

Brin, Alex, LB, and Julian were all professional, friendly, fun and extraordinary guides and people. This was my third time on the Cataract Canyon trip and I would do it again. There is nothing like a float through the canyon to put your mind in the perfect place.

Big Water & Huge Fun!

Jun 19, 2014 by Chad Barksdale

Our guides were fun, friendly and true professionals with great knowledge and understanding of the river and Canyonlands. The hikes up the ridge and through Dark Canyon were amazing. The food was excellent, better than home!! Steaks were perfect, Dave! The trip was amazing. To accommodate 11 guys is a challenge in itself, but you did it! It is amazing how much stuff you can store on 3 boats! The water was huge, and the guides were pumped! I don't know how we could have done it better.

Fun Hikes!

Jun 17, 2014 by Meghan Nutting

The guides were amazing. They seemed tireless and were constantly paying attention to the needs of the group. The hikes were a lot of fun as well. The trip was absolutely amazing. I've told all of my friends about it and some are considering signing up for one in the future. The guides definitely made the experience. They were knowledgeable, patient, and thoughtful.

I Found Peace On The River

Jun 12, 2014 by Jonathan & Alice Webber

Your company is outstanding and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to others or take another trip with you. Thank you for a fabulous vacation! There is nothing quite like a river trip to take you out of daily life and put you in nature with no phones, computers, news of the outside world, surrounded by breathtaking beauty and peace at every turn in the river. And after several days of calm, peaceful floating you get a shock to the system that revitalizes everything when you hit the rapids. On top of all this you are cooked for, guided, entertained and looked after in the most amazing way imaginable. Every time I float a river I am reminded why it is the best vacation on the planet.

Thanks For The Great Trip

Jun 05, 2014 by Mark & RaeAnne DeBonville

The trip was everything I expected. Guides were great, and the food excellent.

First Class!!

Jun 03, 2014 by Ken Butler

The office was very knowledgeable and helpful. All of the guides did a great job, food was wonderful. There was good fun with all of the guests. It was a great experience, I would do it again. Thank you for a great vacation!!! Holiday is a First Class operation.

Terrific Trip

May 25, 2014 by Frank Poletti

The trip was great. Things went smoothly. Brin Finnagin was a great guide. I will request him in the future.

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