Guest Trip Reviews

Don’t take our word for it. Visit our TripAdvisor or Yelp pages to hear first hand what our past guests have to say. Customer reviews from Utah, Idaho and Colorado, Rafting and Biking trips, both written and recorded. Our 48 years in the business has been built on repeat and referred customers. Over 75% of our customers return for another trip with us. We are thoughtfully focused on providing you with the best backcountry experience possible!

by David Hands on Holiday River Expeditions

My Wife and I did this trip and were thoroughly impressed!! It was challenging and very rewarding. Tired each day but slept very well. The equipment and staff were great. We ate well and were looked after. Highly recommended and would return. We traveled from Australia to do the trip!!

by Robert Evans on Holiday River Expeditions

The guides were absolutely fantastic. Our trip leader, Ellie was extremely competent, knowledgeable and friendly.The other guides, Emma, Sam and Jack were all excellent as well. The beauty of Desolation Canyon and the sense of wildness cannot be adequately described. The trip provided a perfect balance of activity and rest. The range of things encountered, including wildlife, petroglyphs, an abandoned western ranch, spectacular scenery and exciting white water was wonderful. Plus the extended trip provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know people from as far away as Australia, to as close as Utah. The food was exceptional, and the guides were super nice and very efficient in setting up camp, cooking, cleaning up, and loading out in the mornings. I could not have asked for a better trip.

by Josh Bowers on Holiday River Expeditions

Some links on the website were not responding. For example today, July 3 for the Gates of Lodore trip the “availability” link was down.
We enjoyed having such large dry bags.
The guides were over the top great. My wife and I agreed that while we had many great guides on our seven western river trips that your guides were the best. I had to bring own food because I use a feeding tube connected to my stomach. The guides were wonderful about getting my food out of the cooler when I needed it.
I just made a reservation to do the Gates of Lodore a second time this summer. I never ran a western river twice before in one summer but your guides gave me the confidence I need to go for it twice.

by Jessica Mayotte on Holiday River Expeditions

We had the best trip with Holiday River! Our guides were awesome--really professional, knowledgeable, and just so fun. They were super accommodating of my dietary restrictions and the food was amazing!

by Ruth Campbell on Holiday River Expeditions

Everyone was gracious, helpful and informative. Sleeping bags were comfy, tents incredibly easy to put up - all of the gear was in tip top shape. The guides were consummate professionals. Larkin, Sandy, Tilts, Rolf and Jim were incredibly kind, funny, had great stories to tell and were very solicitous to their guests! This was my fifth trip with Holiday. I went on the Lodore trip forty years ago and had just the same great time. On every trip I've experienced with Holiday I've been served delicious food, been treated solicitously and had great times getting to know other guests and the guides.

by Adam Quinn on Holiday River Expeditions

Reservations made directly with Karen Johnson who handled each aspect of the pre-trip planning with the touch of a seasoned pro, including the news that the Yampa was below acceptable levels, then proceeded to be a wonderful "solution specialist".

Everything we asked for; SUP, kayaks etc was clean and looking like new, worked great and found plenty of use. The guides were all very professional, informative, accommodating when presented with "curve balls" and had the perfect amount of personality to work with our group.

I have been in the service industry for over 30 years, focusing on luxury travel. I have been fortunate enough to work on international hospitality programs at the highest level - Olympic Games, World Cup soccer, etc. One of (The) most important aspects of those events are the "local staff"; local residents who know the backroads and avenues as well as the odd store or vendor to find what you need in a hurry. Each of our guides; Tim B. ("T-bird"), Chet & Tess could have easily stepped into one of these roles.
The equipment was kept clean, the food was excellent and information imparted accurately, all aspects being delivered with class and style. A few special requests for birthdays on the trip were met with excitement and creativity by the office and guides. Additionally we had a diverse group of guests from late 40's to mid 70's in age, everyone, without exception, felt as though their interests were tailored to meet their individual desires. All in all, a tremendous experience

by Lisa Carson on Holiday River Expeditions

The food was amazing for all being cooked on grills and in dutch ovens! So impressed. Also the guides (Tilz, Sandy, Larkin, Jim, and Rolph) were wonderful.

by Kaylee Miodonka on Holiday River Expeditions

This was just the girls trip we needed! Everything from the rental gear to the food and the fun group of guides made this a trip I won't soon forget! Everything about this trip was enjoyable and I would recommend the Lodore Canyon trip to everyone.

by Jim Moodey on Holiday River Expeditions

Omelets were very creative. Terrific trip. One of the most beautiful canyons in the West.

by Nada Radulovich on Holiday River Expeditions

Seamless no pressure organization! Wow! Travelers never felt pressured or pushed. All guides were attentive, educated and just plain nice!

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