Holiday River Expeditions was incorporated in 1966. Since then ownership has not changed. We are still a family-owned-and-operated business. An inherent company philosophy is that we exist to protect the environment through education and conservation. Part of this philosophy is evident in the fact that Holiday runs strictly oar-powered and/or paddle rafts, as opposed to motorized rafts on our trips.
With more than 50 years of experience we understand that safety is the most important aspect of any wilderness vacation. We take great pride in every important detail of planning your vacation. Our boats and equipment are top quality and impeccably maintained. Our guides are the best in the business, each trained professionally in river safety and first aid. We proudly are the 2003 recipient of the Canyonlands National Park Safety Award.
There are also the little extras we offer – interpretation of natural history and ecology, impressive meal presentation, kids activities – that make the Holiday experience a unique one.
Meet The Guides
You'll be well taken care of. Our guides are the best in the business, all are trained in river and backcountry safety and first-aid. They're all exciting individuals, experts in everything from rowing a rapid to sharing a good story.
When you're taking a trip that starts on the left bank of the middle of nowhere you can't count on the local market, so we make weekly trips to the wholesaler and truck the food in ourselves. Everything is fresh
Our 15-foot paddle boats give guests a more "hands on" experience - the option of taking an active role in propelling a raft down the river and through rapids. On long multi-day trips paddle boat participants must be in good
In 1966, Dee and Sue Holladay felt they had enough experience to open their own rafting company. They named it Holiday River Expeditions, an easy-to-remember word play on their last name.
Our founder is responsible for developing many of the “Leave No Trace” practices required by all of the land management agencies and all of our guides bring their own respect and contributions to conserving the river and trail ways in Utah and Idaho.
At Your Service
Thoughtfully focused on your vacation. We still answer our phones and listen more than we talk. Over 49 years of collective experience... at your service.