Family River Rafting Trips in UT & CO

Whitewater Rafting Trips for Families

Family river rafting trips are an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones in a place where life slows down. Leave the rush of the modern world behind and discover the power of the river to bring people together. It’s amazing what families can learn about each other without the distractions of soccer practice, television, homework, and smart phones. Holiday’s outdoor adventures allow you to get back to the basics.

Whether it’s a long weekend on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, or a six-day expedition down the Main Salmon River in Idaho, each river and canyon offers a unique experience. On the San Juan River, for example, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel over the construction of 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings. Spy on big horn sheep as they graze along the banks of the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Above all, these trips provide the opportunity to feel a sense of wonder.

Children and parents alike will encounter new environments, people, and activities. Sharing new experiences together is what builds memories. Try paddling an inflatable kayak, invent a new beach game, or pick a water fight with your kids. Our guides take care of meals and chores, leaving you free to play, talk, relax, and reconnect. As a family-owned company, Holiday understands what it means to create meaningful and memorable family river rafting trips. Let our family show yours what it means to be on river time.

4 Day Lodore Canyon

Lodore Canyon offers something for every member of your family: fun rapids, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife, fishing, waterfalls, fossils, and sandy beaches for play and relaxation. Four days of floating on the Green River through Lodore Canyon will leave you refreshed and your family bonds renewed.

5–6 Day Desolation Canyon

Desolation Canyon trips begin with a scenic flight to the remote put in, and then continue with five or six days of floating, relaxing, and exploring. Intermediate-level whitewater makes this trip ideal for playing with inflatable kayaks. This family friendly river rafting trip in Utah offers plenty of kid-sized hikes, big sandy beaches for camping and sand castle–building, and is appropriate for children as young as 5 years old.

3–5 Day San Juan River

First-time rafters and families with young children will revel in the fast-moving water and fascinating archaeology of the San Juan River. Our three-, four-, and five-day trips run from May to June and offer endless opportunities for play. Explore side canyons with hidden pictograph panels, hike to a natural swimming pool, or enjoy a little time staring at the steep, limestone walls, making stories out of the shapes carved by the ages. Minimal whitewater makes the San Juan a great place to float and relax, or give an inflatable kayak a try.

5–6 Main Salmon

For families wanting something even more adventurous, the Main Salmon River in Idaho is an excellent option. This beautiful, alpine canyon features clear water and countless intermediate-level whitewater rapids. Stop along the way and soak in Barth Hot springs and visit Buckskin Bill’s cabin and other historic homesteads. Side-canyon hiking, fishing, stand-up paddle boards, and inflatable kayaks provide plenty of action on and off the river. Family rafting trips on the “The River of No Return” will leave you with lifelong memories.

2–3 Day Fisher Towers

An easy weekend trip for families with young children, our two- to three-day Fisher Towers trip includes spectacular scenery and quiet water, with plenty of opportunity to play with inflatable kayaks. Float through an iconic red rock canyon, and then into the open Professor Valley, where the massive La Sal Mountains rise out of the red rock desert. This landscape frequently appears in Hollywood movie productions. The trip ends just a few miles from downtown Moab, Utah.