Learn a New Skill Adventure Trips

Here at Holiday, we’re proud of “the Holiday Way,” and love to pass on our learnings! Over the years, we’ve learned quite a bit. New for 2024, we’re excited to offer our in-house learn-to-row trip through Desolation Canyon! Join our professional guides for 6 days of rafting through Class I-III rapids. Along the way, learn the basics of rowing an oar rig, practice reading water, river & camp etiquette, and more! Want a more of a solo adventure? We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Rapid Progression Kayak School for 6 days of whitewater kayaking through Desolation Canyon. Holiday guides provide camp logistics and raft support while you learn to paddle your way on 84 miles of the Green River.

For some of us, it’s less about the hands-on element of propelling yourself downstream or into a new adventure, and the new skill you’d like to learn is a form of expression. The scenic San Juan River offers the perfect location for such inspiration. While the current of the San Juan is fast, the rapids are minimal, and the calm cadence of these trips will provide you with plenty of inspiration to try your hand at watercoloring or illustrated journaling. Let Michal Onyon guide you in the art of en pleine aire watercolor painting during 6 days on the full San Juan River this June. Alternatively, explore illustrated journaling with guided drawing exercises led by author, M. L. (Peg) Herring on this special Great Old Broads for Wilderness fundraiser trip.

Come along on our Pixels, Paint, and Prose trip where guest facilitators Chris Peterson, Francisco Kjolseth, and Brett Prettyman offer tips and tricks in the mediums of painting skills, intentional journaling, and night sky photography. With so many ways to capture memories, 4 days on Lodore Canyon will fly by! Astrophotographer, Bettymaya Foote, will be teaching dark sky photography on our Desolation Canyon Stargazing trip – learn to read the stars, and document them!

Of course, we are Bike Raft so we can’t forget the biking! For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with Women in the Mountain’s professional PMBIA certified coaches for a special 4.5 day Women’s White Rim skills clinic this fall. With extra time to allow for skills instruction and practice, what better way to level up your mountain biking than while biking the iconic White Rim?

With so many options to learn a new skill while adventuring in Utah’s great outdoors playground, where will you go?


Learn a new photography skill!

Full San Juan River Painting with Watercolors

June 13-18, 2024 (6 days): 6 days to float the full San Juan River from Sand Island to Clay Hills is a treat! Veteran river enthusiast and en plein aire watercolor expert Michel Onyon joins us on this excursion and provides guidance to learn or advance your own watercolor skills! Visit archeaological sites in the Upper San Juan, and enjoy stunning vistas in the lower section. From start to finish, this trip will have you inspired to capture your experiences!

Desolation Canyon Whitewater Kayaking Workshop

August 5-10, 2024 (6 days): Experience the Green River through Desolation Canyon from river level! Holiday is proud to partner with Rapid Progression Kayak School to offer this six-day specialty rafting and kayaking trip. This trip is the perfect fit for those who have some serious energy, a sense of thrill, and the desire to add a new adventure skill set to their quiver. Beginners welcome, although attending a kayak swimming pool class ahead of time is recommended to help you get the most out of your time on the river.

Desolation Canyon Learn to Row

August 19-25, 2024 (6 days): Have you ever been on a river trip and thought, "wow, I wish I could row my own raft!"? Well, now is your opportunity! Due to popular guest demand, Holiday is excited to offer our very first Learn to Row course! Desolation Canyon is an ideal training ground, with over 60 Class I-III rapids, you'll have plenty of time to learn different rowing techniques, how to read water, scout a rapid, and general river and camp etiquette.

Desolation Canyon Star Photography

August 26-31, 2024 (6 days): Southeastern Utah is a beacon for stargazers and night photographers. The immense dark skies over Desolation Canyon provide the perfect playground to try your hand at astrophotography. Join our star-studded team of facilitators for 6 days of guided stargazing, nighttime photography, and yoga, all while you traverse the stunning scenery of this remote desert canyon!

Lodore Canyon Pixels, Paint, & Prose

Sep 6-9, 2024 (4 days): Join journalist Brett Prettyman along with mixed media pleine aire artist Chris Peterson and dark sky/photo journalist Francisco Kjolseth for this multimedia pixels, paint, and prose trip through Lodore Canyon! Weather permitting, starry nights will be at a premium! Daytime will be filled with exciting rapids, gorgeous scenery, hikes, and opportunities to write and paint your way down the Green River.

Lower San Juan Illustratred Journaling with Great Old Broads

September 16 - 19, 2024 (4 days): Connect with Great Old Broads - an grassroots organization keen on preserving wilderness and wild lands through activism and advocacy - while floating the scenic Lower San Juan River. In addition to connecting with like minded travel companions, learn the art of illustrated journaling with guided sessions from author M.L. Peg Herring. You'll surely walk away from this trip recharged and inspired!

Women's Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Sept 23-27, 2024 (4 days): Holiday guides partner with Women in the Mountains to bring you PMBIA certified mountain bike coaches and top-notch guide services for 4 days of cameraderie, skills development, pedaling, and tasty meals! We're thrilled to be back for another year of this great skills clinic! Take risks and try new skills with the support of other like-minded women identifying bikers!