Music River Rafting Trips in Utah and Colorado

Imagine waking up cozy in your sleeping bag to the rising sun, sliding on your sandals, and strolling through a riverside campsite for coffee and breakfast. You spend the morning floating peacefully through a gorgeous canyon, listening to the gentle call of the yellow-bellied warbler and scanning for bighorn sheep. The river narrows and boulders emerge from the water’s surface, excitement comes in the waves and splashes of whitewater rapids. You arrive at the next campsite, yet another beachside oasis, and explore a side canyon, finding a secluded waterfall at the end of the trail. Rinsing off in the clear water is invigorating, and you return to your temporary home to a feast fit for royalty. After you eat, the sun begins to set, you may find yourself wondering, “How could this day get any better?” The answer, of course, is LIVE MUSIC!

In 2023, Holiday River Expeditions will host three specialty music trips! Join the Del Sol Quartet on the Yampa River and get swept away to another world through their ethereal string playing. If bluegrass is the soundtrack to your soul, then consider hopping on the Green River through Lodore Canyon with Salt Lake City-based band The Pickpockets to enjoy their expansive catalog of heartfelt originals and classic favorites. Or, float through the heart of Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River and discover the passion and talent of Holiday’s very own Spencer Torman, joined by his bandmates of 15 years to share their melodic indie rock and folk tunes.

We’re so excited to welcome these professional musicians us on the river this year, elevating what is already an amazing experience. We hope you join us for what promises to be a magical adventure!

Del Sol Quarter Music Specialty

Members of the Del Sol Quartet on the Yampa

June 9-13, 2023 (5 days): Float the wild Yampa River with members of the Bay Area’s pre-eminent string ensemble, the Del Sol Quartet. The harmonies of violin and cello are a sublime complement to nature’s own ongoing concerto of rocks, water, and canyon. Sunrise concerts and evening rehearsals with professional musicians provide an unique addition to the potent magic of the wild Yampa River. TRIP IS FULL - You can add your name to the waitlist!

The PickPockets

Pickpockets Bluegrass Band in Lodore Canyon

July 27-30 & Aug 17-20 (4 days): Join Dante, David, Alec, Jake, and Aiden of The Pickpockets, for traditional Bluegrass tunes in Lodore Canyon. Located in the heart of the magical Dinosaur National Monument, this section of the Green River is the perfect setting for a music trip. You'll enjoy some heartfelt original tunes as well as some familiar covers. This local Salt Lake City band has been playing together since 2018. We are ecstatic to have them join us in one of the most beautiful river canyons we run! We hope you will join us too!

Spencer & Friends

Spencer and Friends Music Trip through Cataract Canyon

August 13-18 2023 (6 days): Discover local Utah musicians Spencer and Friends while enjoying the majesty of the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. Along with band mates Nik and Landon, Holiday's own Spencer Torman combines his passion for music with his love for the river. The trio bring acoustic instruments and add their sweet indie rock and folk sounds to the harmony of the canyon. Experience Cataract's infamous rapids and beautiful side hikes, then round out the day with your own private riverside concert. Join us for this special music trip and make Spencer and Friends your new friends!