New and Classic Adventures for 2023 Offer Workshops on Kayaking,
Mountain Biking, Watercolor Artistry a,nd Stargazing
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Feb. 28, 2023 – Holiday River Expeditions has more than just an adventure of a lifetime up its sleeves for the 2023 river rafting and mountain biking season.
Recognizing that for some go-getters the idea of actually relaxing while on vacation may be a turnoff, this active adventure company is pairing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to learn new skills while on vacation.
“We have simply expanded opportunities for our most inquisitive and active guests,” says Karen Johnson, veteran Holiday office manager since 1991. She assures that the vacation will remain fully catered and relaxing, but guests can also learn new skills and grow as a human being.
These new learning adventures are in response to an explosion of interest in immersive outdoor experiences. At the same time, they reflect what the company’s founders, Dee and Sue Holladay, knew from the onset.
Says Johnson, “A segment of our clientele was looking for more than a trip through a river canyon. They wanted to learn about the region’s history and geology and hear the stories of the earliest river runners. Our very first learning trip was called Ghosts Boats and we also offered a learning trip with Ute elder and spiritual leader, Clifford Duncan. Over the past 50 years, these opportunities have evolved into what we offer today. We still incorporate history, and geology into all of our trips and make sure our guests appreciate that they are traveling through Indigenous lands.”
The following is a list of learning opportunities available for summer 2023:
6-day Whitewater Kayaking Workshop — July 31-Aug 5, 2023, at $1,715 per person for an adventure on the Green River through Desolation Canyon, led by Andy Thunell, owner of Rapid Progression Kayak School. With fun-to-run rapids and drop-dead beautiful scenery, this is the ultimate classroom to learn how to kayak! See: https://www.bikeraft.com/specialty-river-rafting-trips/kayak-workshop/
New for 2023, 4-day Painting with Watercolor Workshop — Aug 29-Sept 1, 2023, at $1,300 per person, raft through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument with artist Michal Onyon. Onyon will help guests improve watercolor artistry with instruction on how to capture the endless visual inspiration around every bend. See: https://www.bikeraft.com/specialty-river-rafting-trips/watercolor-workshop/
New for 2023, 3-day Women’s Mountain Biking Skills Clinic on the White Rim Trail — Sept. 9-11, 2023, at $1,125 per person for intermediate level bikers.
4 1/2-day Women’s Mountain Biking Skills Clinic on the White Rim Trail — Sept. 25-29, 2023, at $1,350 per person for beginner level bikers.
Participants in each of these programs join the coaches from Women in the Mountains and the guides from Holiday Expeditions for fun and supportive trips around the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. The goal of each is to develop more confidence as a rider with the tips and technique building blocks that take riders to the next level. See: https://www.bikeraft.com/mountain-biking-trips/womens-mountain-biking-clinic/
Since 2018 Holiday River Expeditions has been wowing guests on its Dark Sky Stargazing Trips with Tom Beckett, board chair of Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium and moonlighting part-time guide for Holiday River Expeditions. He creates for guests the spell-binding world above us in up to 60-minute structured programs focusing on constellation origin stories, the science of it all and much more. He comes with a telescope, laser pointer and often a sun scope. These nocturnal adventures are possible because during the day, the trails that guests bike and the rivers they raft traverse are some of the darkest, most remote corners of Utah and Colorado, including two International Dark Sky Parks: Canyonlands National Park and Dinosaur National Monument. See: https://www.bikeraft.com/dark-sky-stargazing-trip-series/
New for 2023, 5 Day Yampa River Stargazing Trip — June 12-16, 2023, at $1,305 per person pairs the stargazing trip series with river rafting along the sinuous walls of the wild flowing Yampa River. (Waitlist available, or book for 2024!)
5 Day Desolation Canyon Stargazing Trip — May 15-19, 2023, at $1,446 per person combines the waves of the Green River through Desolation Canyon, with explorations of side canyons, hikes to rock art and old homesteads and, at night, the Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy, satellites and meteors.
6 Day Cataract Canyon Stargazing Trip — July 9-14, 2023, and Sept. 10-15, 2023, at $1,480 per person for an adventure on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. Once the sun descends behind the red rocks, attention turns to the stars.
4 Day Lodore Canyon Stargazing Trip — Aug. 10-13, 2023, at $1,190 per person for the joy of exploring Lodore Canyon deep inside Dinosaur National Monument, an International Dark Sky Park.
4 Day White Rim Trail Biking and Stargazing Trip — Oct. 14-17, 2023, at $1,080 per person combines biking inside Canyonlands National Park, one of the most spectacular areas of this Gold Tier Dark Sky Park, and at night huddling under the canopy of stars. Here they say: “Half the park is in the dark.”