LGBTQ Westwater Canyon Rafting Trip

LGBTQ Westwater Canyon Extended Rafting Trip

Back by seriously popular demand! – Holiday River Expeditions is partnering with our friends at  The Venture Out Project, for the second year of our LGBTQ River Rafting Trip series.

This new 4-day version of our regular 3 day river trip will allow for a balance between enough time to truly bond deeply with each other & the canyon and not too long for those with a busy summer schedule.  We look forward to bringing together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community to attempt to have a ‘safe-er’, vulnerable, restorative, and fun experience connecting with nature and disconnecting from the hustle of everyday life.

Holiday River Expeditions has long-attempted to foster an inclusive and healing ethic on all of our river trips. Staring with pioneering women’s rafting trips in the mid 1980’s. Now with the leadership of Lauren Wood, Holiday’s 3rd generation co-owner, we have centered queer and non-binary leadership in Holiday’s management and guide culture.

Our partner The Venture Out Project is founded by and created for the LGBTQ community. They are committed to facilitating a variety of wilderness experiences that are for the queer and trans community, by the queer and trans community. This collaborative effort has us all thrilled to take the next step in creating this intentional and liberating space in some of America’s most beautiful backdrops.

Westwater Canyon rafting trips are a great place to get a little taste of everything a river trip has to offer. Spend a long weekend trying your hand at an inflatable kayak or stand up paddleboard, beneath smooth pink and orange sandstone walls. Run exciting rapids through a canyon made of polished black stone (over a billion years old!). Explore side canyons and climb to the rim for the bird’s eye view. Or, just relax! Kick back on a raft and let the world float by.

This is a trip intended for adults 18 years & older. While sober folks are more than welcome it will NOT be an explicitly sober trip. If you would prefer a sober space please consider joining us for our 4-day Gates of Lodore LGBTQ Sober Trip August 18-21!  If you have any questions regarding this or any of our affinity group trips don’t hesitate to call our administrative office & ask for Lauren!

Want to know all the details? Check out our Insider’s Guide to Rafting the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon.

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Rafting

  • Location:

    Colorado River - Westwater Canyon

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    Aug 22-25

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 8:00 am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    18

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Thrilling Class III & IV whitewater
  • Miles of serene calm water to relax on
  • Rich & diverse wilderness with billion-year-old black rocks
  • Queer community with a fully supported wilderness experience
  • See bighorn, birds of prey, & otters
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Rates & Dates

4 Day

  • Adult:
  • $925
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • NA
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $925
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $925
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2021
  • August
  • 22-25th

Itinerary

The Colorado River spans the Utah-Colorado border. This Four-day rafting trips begins in Loma, Colorado and float through red sandstones cliffsides of Ruby Canyon before entering the hard black narrows of Westwater itself. The trip finishes just outside Cisco, Utah, a real-life ghost-town-turned-artist-colony.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet at our headquarters in Green River, Utah, at 8:00 a.m., Mountain Time We’ll issue your waterproof bags and you’ll have plenty of time to pack them. You can also purchase any last minute items you may need from our store front (see our packing checklist for a list of items we stock). Next we’ll load up into our vans for the two hour ride east to the put-in near Loma, Colorado. This trip launches into Ruby Canyon, known for its smooth sandstone walls and unique rock spires. The water is calm at first, with a few small riffles, perfect for playing around with inflatable kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. Take some time to get to know your fellow LGBTQ guests and let the bonding begin! Camp somewhere around Mee Canyon, with the option of a beautiful side canyon to explore.

Day 2:

Sleep in if you want or wake up and take in all the beauty the canyon has to offer on our most relaxed day of the trip. With our shortest river-mile day ahead take alone time or gather with fellow qt’s around breakfast before jumping on the boats to your next adventure. Possibly begin the day with a silent float.  Optional hikes around lunchtime & plenty of calm water to relax on. Find your evenings home at another superb sandy beach camp.

Day 3:

Enjoy a peaceful morning of floating before reaching the Westwater Canyon boat ramp. From here on, the river enters the narrow, black rock canyon of Westwater itself. Rapids begin to get bigger, which means more fun in the inflatable kayaks! Camp a half mile or so upstream of the biggest rapids, deep within Westwater, and enjoy getting to know yourself in slow-time; a state only reached on the third day of disconnection while watching the stars come out.

Day 4:

Everyone get ready and gear up for rapids! In quick succession: Big Hummer, Funnel Falls, Surprise, and the pinch point of the Colorado River, Skull Rapid. After the wild ride of Westwater’s whitewater, sit back and look for bald eagles, great blue herons, and even an occasional big horn sheep. We aim to ‘hit’ the Cisco boat ramp by 2:00. After packing up the boats and gear, we’ll make the 45-minute drive back to Green River. We typically plan to return between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the exact trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like, and could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, assigned campsites, weather, and other unpredictable elements. Embrace the adventure and go with the flow!

 

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 5 reviews
 by Justin Tucker

Jesse and Lauren helped with getting set up for my trip. They were both super helpful and made the process clear and simple for me. The website provided all the information I felt I needed to help prepare for my trip. I had no issues with navigating to different pages, as well as no issues finding helpful info/resources. The waterproof bags provided were superb. All of my belongings remained dry and unharmed throughout the duration of the trip. The guides completely blew me away with how efficient they were, and every single meal was outstanding. I would've loved to do one or two hikes, but I understand they were harder to squeeze in on a shorter trip. This experience is one I won't soon forget. As my first rafting trip, my expectations were exceeded from beginning to end. Holiday River Expeditions does a fantastic job of providing a safe yet fun experience. I will definitely recommend HRE to others, and I plan to return for more trips in the future!

 by Shawn Hoctor

Lauren and the team were extremely helpful with the pre-planning process. I had an absolutely amazing time and can't wait to do it again.

 by Bonnie Owens

The Holiday staff was super communicative and clear even though I was late to submit everything! Their packing list information was very helpful.
The guides far exceeded my expectations! They went out of their way to not only make sure everyone felt safe, comfortable, and cared for but also that everyone had opportunities to try different experiences. My buddies got chances to row the boats, they floated down rapids, they kayaked. It was awesome! All of the guides were SUPER professional and kind and good spirited. They seemed to genuinely enjoy showing us the river. And the food was SO GOOD! The guides were like a well-oiled machine when it came to cranking out delicious sandwiches and omelets and so much more. Plus beforehand when I expressed feeling nervous that as a fat person, I wouldn't be safe or comfortable, the staff at Holiday made me feel super reassured. They brought new gear for the trip that would fit my body, provided inclusive sizing in their clothing options, and never made me feel uncomfortable in any part of the process. This is my second Holiday trip and both have been *chef's kiss* amazing. Strong recommend!

 by Payden Dyer

I was very impressed with the food options for people with dietary restrictions! I really enjoyed going on the LGBTQ Westwater Canyon rafting trip. Lauren and the trip guides were very friendly and welcoming and it was really nice to be in a queer space that felt safe. I enjoyed meeting new people and swimming through the rapids. I definitely was worried about being in a space that wasn't exclusively trans, but felt like the trip really exceeded my overall expectations. Thanks again!

 by Emily Mearns

The guides were incredible!!! The food was amazing, the whole trip was a dream.