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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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by Martha Mastroberti on Blank Business Name

Very comfortable van, fabulous guides (Brinn and Rocky) and delicious food. The guides make or break a trip like this. They were very skilled, good natured, personable and always happy to help with anything. We would take another trip with Rocky and Brinn anytime!

by Rose Engelland on Blank Business Name

I planned a 60th birthday party floating down Cataract Canyon. It was a private trip with just friends. It was incredibly beautiful and restful out there in the canyons. No cell, no television, no computer. My mind felt washed. Holiday is so professional in the way they handle everything. The pre trip planning process is excellent. The guides are excellent in a low key way and they cater to all your needs.I am very impressed with your company.

by Larry Frank on Blank Business Name

Where do you store all that fantastic food when we are on the river? It just keeps coming and coming. Wow! Terrific Trip! Guides were super knowledgeable about the natural history and ancestral inhabitants of the area. Kudos to everyone!

by Doug & Barbara Campbell on Blank Business Name

A Terrific time! From the moment we met the guides through the take out at the end of the trip, everything was well managed and enjoyable. No small detail was overlooked including the meals that were vegetarian or gluten free. Our guides instilled confidence and trust in us from the moment we entered the water - not to mention a great sense of fun and adventure. This trip will always be a treasured memory not only for the wonderful group of friends who shared it together but also because Julian, Max, and Trevor made the trip so special.

by Nancy Boyd & Thomas Fenno on Blank Business Name

Very impressed with the caliber and extensive knowledge of the guides. We had three geologists in our group and our guides could definitely hold their own. Our group ranged in age from 18 to 74 and the guides went out of their way to connect with each and every one of us. Our kids, aged 18 and 21, rate this trip as their best vacation ever.

by Lenny & Janet Owens on Blank Business Name

The guides were great. They were so considerate. We really enjoyed them. And the food was really good, even with some dietary restrictions. Every meal was well planned and could not have been better. We felt very safe, even after witnessing two private boats overturn in the rapids. We did this trip to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. We love Southern Utah and the canyons and thought this would be a good way to see Canyonlands, it really was! The scenery was spectacular. My wife commented that this was the funnest thing we have ever done. Better than Australia, better than Oahu or Maui, better than an Alaskan Cruise with 4,000 other people (we liked sleeping under the stars way better than sleeping in an orange and purple bedroom on a cruise ship). We thought our camping days were over, but this was really fun.

by Robert & Anne Strebel on Blank Business Name

What an awesome trip. Brin, Rocky and Bryon worked very hard. Felt very safe even going over Big Drop Rapid. These guys were amazing. I’ve never seen guides so willing to do whatever is needed to make our trip memorable. Diplomats at every event. Not one feeling of tension over four days. Brin’s knowledge of the area, river and Anasazi was impressive. Not to mention the food. Fresh veggies and fruit and dutch oven meals for every dinner. What a pleasant surprise. I would recommend your company to anyone. Thanks for such a fun trip

by Maria Heckel on Blank Business Name

I love the way this company runs rivers! The experience of riding a triple rig through Cataract Canyon in high water is one I will always remember. Thank you to the guides and the staff for a lovely trip.

by Steven Klimesh on Blank Business Name

Thirty eight years ago I had the privilege of taking the five day Cataract Canyon trip with Dee Holiday as my guide - God rest his soul. It was a fantastic and exciting experience; especially at Little Niagara with 55,000 cubic feet a second flowing. I had long desired to take my daughter on this same trip and on May 23-27, 2016 the wish was fulfilled. Brin and Rocky were our guides and no better guides could we have hoped for. They know the river; its history and nuances and are fantastic cooks to boot. My daughter commented that this trip was the greatest experience of her life to date. KUDOS to the entire Holiday organization and please continue to do it the old fashioned way; with oars.

by Katlyn Walker & Matthew Dussing on Blank Business Name

Having ridden on ancient school buses with other companies we were very happy with your modern vans! This was an absolutely fantastic trip. We'd rafted with other companies before but Holiday was by far the best experience we've ever had. The scenery, hikes and whitewater in Cataract are great but doing the trip with Holiday just took it to the next level. Our guides: Ben, Dustin and Tanner were incredibly friendly, professional and knowledgeable for every moment of the trip. They did everything with a smile and genuine joy of being on the river doing this job. They really made the trip for us. Of course the food was also incredible. I found myself stuffed after every meal because I couldn't stop eating the delicious and creative dishes the guides whipped up. They even cooked us lasagna and cakes in the dutch ovens! We're already scheming about our next trip with Holiday. Now we just have to decide if we're going to do Yampa or Lodore first!

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