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The Tavaputs Plateau and Desolation Canyon are among the most remote areas of the continental United States. This area was home to the Fremont Indians for thousands of years and later became a hideout for some of America’s most notorious outlaws.  You’ll find a remarkable array of flora and fauna in this area accented by tall rainbow colored cliffs sculpted by centuries of winds and water.

Desolation Canyon is actually anything but desolate. Instead, this amazing area is teeming with Bighorn Sheep and Birds of Prey. You’ll often see an eagle soaring overhead. As the Green River flows through Desolation Canyon, it is surrounded with groves of cottonwood trees and white sand beaches. These canyons abound with caves and ancient petroglyphs, and archaeologists have been visiting the area for many years uncovering it’s amazing history.

This 84 mile white water rafting trip into Desolation Canyon takes us on the ride of a lifetime and we will encounter over 60 rapids! Belknap Rapid, created in 1987 by a flash flood, is a favorite and makes quite an exhilarating experience all by itself. The whitewater builds in intensity each day.


  • Deeper than the Grand Canyon at the Bright Angel Trail
  • White sandy beaches, shimmering side streams and abundant wildlife
  • 60 easy rolling rapids makes this trip great for kids and inflatable kayaks

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 11 reviews

The guides were very professional but also very open to share and be personable as well. The trip exceeded my expectations and the food was amazing.

Everything about our experience was perfect! Holiday River Expedition's tour exceeded all of my expectations and then some. The front office was helpful and patient and the guides were professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I recommend Holiday River wholeheartedly to anyone planning a float trip.

Susan was truly amazing. She is knowledgeable, confident, and fun. She handled a potential health issue with great judgment. Her passion for river guiding as a profession really sets her apart from any other guide I have used in the past. Coulter was also a very good guide with an engaging personality. Victoria was friendly and helpful and ready to learn. The six day trip down Desolation Canyon exceeded my expectations in every way. I would jump at the chance to re-live this trip again!

The week was awesome. Our guides, Susan and Larkin, were amazing. I referred to them as the "Swiss Army Knives" of women as they seem to be able to do ANYTHING! They were great hosts for the trip and went so far out of their way to make sure the guests were enjoying the trip. It was truly outstanding service.

We had an amazing trip, a perfect honeymoon experience with a mix of relaxation and adventure.

The guides were all excellent... They worked from sun up till sun down. The food was much better than I expected! The hikes were educational and a good change of pace as well as a form of exercise. The flight to the starting point was breathtaking. We are fortunate as a family to have travelled to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii and this was certainly one of our best and most fun family vacations! Enjoying nature in the company of family and friends is hard to beat! Thank you for an experience we will never forget!

The tents were very easy to set up. Our guides: Alex, Josh, Max and Emily were fabulous. They were always ready to help in any way possible. Alex is a great leader and excellent chef. He made sure everything went according to plan and made sure all gear, pfd's, etc. were in place as required for safety. All of the guides were very knowledgeable. We were a group of 10 adults, some with camping and rafting experience but others with none. Our guides made it easy for everyone. We could not have had better guides, food, equipment, etc. We all loved our time on the river and would heartily recommend it. We plan to do it again in a year or so!

The river was great, the plane ride was incredible, the rapids were awesome, the food was amazing and the weather was cooperative.

I have done many different trips of this type and all aspects exceeded my expectations. We enjoyed this experience as a family and it created memories which will last for generations. Thank you.

This was an incredible experience. My brother and I took my father, for his 80th birthday, on a trip to retrace the path of one of his heroes, John Wesley Powell. We took the Desolation Canyon trip. Everything about it was exceptional- the guides, the scenery, the plane trip, the food... even the weather (you can take credit for that!). My father has been raving about it since. Thank you for an incredible experience!

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