Colorado River Rafting Trips

Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

The most famous river in the West: the mighty Colorado. The seminal whitewater experience for any outdoor enthusiast, Colorado River rafting trips have it all. Holiday is proud to offer trips on the Colorado for everyone from first-time river rafters to insatiable adrenaline junkies. Whether you opt for a mellow float or a whitewater rollercoaster, the Colorado River and its canyons also invite you to enjoy majestic vistas, wildlife, archaeological sites, mind-bending geology, and the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. In addition, Colorado River rafting trips carry you through some of the most pristine dark sky in the United States. Out here, the Milky Way is more vibrant than you imagined possible.

Born in an alpine meadow high in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado River cascades down through the mountains and canyons of the western Rockies, gathering strength and tributaries along the way. Our rafting trips on the Colorado begin just east of the Utah-Colorado border, and then flow south with the river all the way through Grand Canyon. Hop aboard a three-day trip through Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater canyons. Try an easy excursion past the Fisher Towers, just outside the town of Moab, Utah. Follow the Colorado into Canyonlands National Park and Cataract Canyon. And when you’ve done all those, discover the famed Grand Canyon, the biggest canyon of them all. From top to bottom, there’s a Colorado River rafting trip for everyone.

 

2–3 Day Westwater Canyon

Colorado River rafting trips don’t get much better than this! Short but sweet, our Westwater Canyon whitewater rafting trip is a perfect introduction to multi-day rafting. The Colorado River drops over Class II–IV rapids, cutting through the same ancient black rock found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

5–6 Day Cataract Canyon

The Colorado River’s most notorious whitewater ride lies deep within Canyonlands National Park. Cataract Canyon has it all: mesmerizing stretches of calm water, towering canyon walls, epic rapids, ancient ruins and rock art, brilliant dark skies free of light pollution, and fascinating side canyons. Holiday’s oar-powered, motor-less rafts provide both a relaxing and a thrilling ride into corners of the national park that are only accessible via the river.

3 Day Cataract Canyon

Experience the infamous Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park with Holiday’s three-day trip. For those short on time but with a thirst for adrenaline, this trip includes a jet boat ride through the upper part of the canyon. You’ll meet our guides and our 18-foot, motor-less rafts near the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers. Together, we’ll spend the rest of the trip moving on river time, and through some of the best rapids in the West. (For groups of eight people or more.)

5–9 Day Grand Canyon

The very name “Grand Canyon” brings to mind unparalleled beauty and world-famous whitewater. This granddaddy of whitewater rafting in Arizona boasts 150 rapids, including Lava Falls and Crystal Rapid: awesome to behold, and exhilarating to run. More than rapids, however, Grand Canyon has an incredible variety of hikes, geology, and history to explore. Sparkling clear springs gush from cracks in the cliffs, forming lush oases of ferns, pools, and wildflowers. Each of the Earth’s climatic zones is represented in Grand Canyon, from alpine forests on the rim to the Sonoran desert ecosystem in the lower elevations. Opt for a non-motorized Grand Canyon trip and see the Colorado River’s most famous canyon at its own pace.

2–3 Day Fisher Towers

Just minutes outside of Moab, Utah, our Fisher Towers trip features some of the best scenery in eastern Utah. The maroon towers are a classic red rock feature, sitting in stark contrast to the sometimes-snowy, 12,000-foot peaks of the La Sal Mountains. Our two- or three-day trips provide a gentle introduction to whitewater rafting, including plenty of calm, flat water, and several fun but mellow rapids. Great for inflatable kayaking and for youth groups.