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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 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!

by Pat Klass on Blank Business Name

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with this trip. It was a luxury to take enough time, spend the trip with friends and be in such beautiful country. We even saw river otters, desert big horns, beaver and deer! Wonderful! Our guides shared their love of the area with us which made it that much more special.

by John Becker on Blank Business Name

Our Cataract Canyon trip was amazing! The Holiday team are true professionals. From the moment we arrived to the last goodbyes at the end, every detail was covered. The guides are very skilled, while also being very friendly and fun to hang with. Best of all, the trip accommodated both adults and kids equally - everyone had a blast. My only tip - don't wear white! Everything gets a little dingy after 5 days floating in the river. We would go again in a heartbeat.

by Beverly Brown on Blank Business Name

Thank you so much for a memorable life changing trip on the River....I was apprehensive getting onto the river, but found that the River guides (Chet, Collin,Max,Rocky,Larken and Julian) to be a group of people that truely care about making the River experience one that will never be forgotten....They are professionals who cared about each of us, they were kind, caring, knowledgeable and awesome cooks....I was most impressed with how they worked along side of eachother and they each knew exactly what to do....there never seemed to be any confusion and they were always happy regardless of the time of day....Thank you Holiday for employeeing only the best guides to work for your company....Each one of them are an asset to your company....My husband and I will definately use Holiday in the future, It was a magnificent trip!!!! Thank YOU especially to the guides who made the trip fun,fun,fun!!! George and Beverly Brown!!

by Jim & Florence Meyering on Blank Business Name

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 were working hard for six days straight, from early morning to evening and yet, they were always cheerful. I would highly recommend everyone to take a rafting trip at least once in their life.

by Robert Kirch on Blank Business Name

The whole experience for our family was better than expected. The guides all went out of their way to make us comfortable, well fed and entertained with tons of fun and adventures. We can't wait to book another trip with Holiday River Expeditions next year!

by Katherine Hartman on Blank Business Name

This trip was awesome! I had so much fun getting to know the other guests and guides. As a solo traveler, I was a little nervous but all of that evaporated once we got on the river. Leaving my phone and computer behind and embracing the calm of the canyon was exactly what I needed. The food was tasty, the stars were beautiful and the whitewater was intense! I can't wait to plan my next trip with Holiday.

by David & Carla Scheidlinger on Blank Business Name

We loved the duckies and inflatable stand up paddle boards. What a great combination: a lazy ducky float on the Green and BIG water triple rig down Cataract Canyon. The walk to the petroglyphs was outstanding. We hardly saw any other parties on either river and found our companions on the Glen Canyon Institute trip to be inspiring. Brin was an excellent trip leader. I was thrilled to be able to spend some time with Tim and even row with him in flat water for a bit. Bryan is an amazing young man with many talents. We hope to see at least some of these folks on the San Juan next year. Thank you all SO much!

by Anita Slater & Patrick Crotty on Blank Business Name

I loved the triple rig setup, it gave us room to move around and not feel cramped on one boat. I loved the class V rapids, chance of a lifetime. It was a true getaway. So decadent with amazing meals, lounging around and soaking in the amazing scenery mixed with high adventure and red dust. Guides were awesome and patient. Can they come with us car camping?

by Rachelle Moore on Blank Business Name

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!

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