by Julie K. Trevelyan

River rafting has a whole host of super coolness that attracts people. From the whitewater rapids to the tall canyon walls to the deep intimacy with our beautiful natural world, a rafting adventure offers bucket loads of fun. We decided to round up a few of our favorite things about rafting trips. On this round we discuss the whitewater part of the trip!


River rafting guides are a fit, hard-working, fun-loving breed unto themselves. They wear many hats: chief rower, ornithologist, biologist, chef, and hydrologist. As well as captain o’ the laughter patrol, medic, meteorologist, navigator, organizational expert, storyteller, historian, and so many more. Their training with Holiday is extensive and focused. The more time they spend on the river, the more they learn and share. Holiday’s guides can be the best part of the trip, adding a degree of richness and understanding to the guests’ perception of the landscape through which they’re passing.

Like so many in the outdoor industry, river guides love their job and are immensely thrilled with the opportunity to follow their wilderness passion over the whitewater rivers of the American West. Their enthusiasm for the river and the rafting experience is contagious. They pass on their deep appreciation for the water and the land to guests. Doff your hat to these men and women, and feel free to share your favorite memories of the Holiday guides in the comments below.


Julie Trevelyan Written by Julie Trevelyan.

Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate.