Affinity Based Trips

Structural violence and oppression has long impacted marginalized identities in a myriad of devastating ways: Indigenous people erased from history books, black folks subjugated by extractive capitalism, immigrants exoticized or defined as ‘other’, women bullied to stay in their lane & queer/ trans communities punished for undermining business as usual. This violence is seen in our societies’ disconnect with our relationship to wilderness & land.  The culture of  whit supremacy, patriarchy & heteronormativity may be the sea we often swim in; but in the great outdoors we have a unique opportunity to re-imagine, heal & get in “right relationship” with each other and the land.  That’s why we are cultivating these affinity based trips. 

While queer, trans, black, & many communities of color have had visibility in urban environments in recent history, it doesn’t mean they haven’t existed in rural and wild places forever; And though often erased, indigenous ancestral knowledge provides critical leadership towards being in right relationship with land. These affinity trip offerings are a chance to reclaim a long-standing and powerful connection to these wild places while having a ton of fun on an adventure within the container of a specific identity group space. Holiday, partners, & facilitators share a belief that there is no such thing as a truly ‘safe’ space, we DO believe that with intention & persistence we can attempt to create brave spaces to allow folks to let their guards down & connect to something only found in wildness.

Join Holiday and The Venture out Project  as we navigate our 2nd year of LGBTQ trip offerings – inspired in collaboration with Mikah Meyer & Outside Safe Space.   Or join Holiday and a powerful team of facilitators, community members & dreamers to kick off our inaugural BIPOC river trip!  Regardless where you identify lands, you are most welcome to go with the flow with us!

 If you have any questions regarding any of our affinity group trips don’t hesitate to call our administrative office & ask for Lauren!

Acknowledging the traditional inhabitants of this land: in a gesture of respect and appreciation for the Indigenous people who have lived on and cared for the rivers and canyons where we play, Holiday wishes to acknowledge that the areas we operate across are the traditional homeland of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people, the Eastern Shoshone people. Read more about our land acknowledgements here.

LGBTQ Desolation Canyon Elders Rafting Trip

May 16-20 2022: Join us for our first ‘Elders’ LGBTQ trip. You don’t have to be a senior citizen to feel accepted on this 30 years & older river trip. Desolation Canyon is the perfect introduction to whitewater rafting with classic fun found around most every bend. Big sandy beaches, and ample cottonwood tree shade provides a comfortable place to kick back and enjoy making it through those first 30+ years of queer youth.

BIPOC Westwater Canyon Rafting Trip

July 29-31: This is our inaugural Black, Indigenous & People of Color trip! We couldn’t be more excited to join with a team of BIPOC collaborators to create an intentional and brave space in the backcountry. Let the Holiday guides take all the work and worry out of your vacation so you can spend this long weekend connecting to the natural world, and yourself in an entirely BIPOC community of fellow guests & facilitators. With fully catered delicious meals, comfortable rental equipment & elegantly designed boats, this is the perfect way to experience just enough comfort to get out of your comfort zone and experience a deeper connection to your wilderness within.

LGBTQ Lodore Canyon Rafting Sober Trip

Aug 18-21 2022: This marks our first LGBTQ Sober trip set in the exquisite backdrop of Lodore Canyon. After 2021’s inaugural LGBTQ river trips through other stretches of the Colorado river drainage we solicited feedback from participants & there was serious interest in creating a sober trip option for those looking to disconnect from the ‘real’ world and from substance-abuse culture. Lodore is the perfectly balanced trip with plenty of time for relaxation, adventure, tranquility and thrill and all within a safe-er & vulnerable space of a queer and trans affinity trip.

LGBTQ Westwater Canyon Extended Rafting Trip

Aug 22-25 2022: For our second year in a row, we are offering this traditionally 3 day trip as an extended 4 day for added time to relax, bond and get into the slow-time of river life with an affinity group space. If you're queer and /or trans identified and want to enjoy the liberating feeling of being in an inclusive community space while enjoying some thrilling whitewater this is the trip for you!