Specialty River Rafting Trips in UT & CO

Pick from a variety of specialty river rafting trips to elevate your rafting experience to the next level! Why not learn something new about the world or yourself while having the vacation of a lifetime? Are you active, creative, meditative, adventurous, or just plain curious? Holiday River Expeditions has a specialty trip for everyone. Each trip features a special guest facilitator, experts in their fields and fascinating humans in their own right.

For example, you could experience the pristine dark skies of Utah and Colorado on our dark sky stargazing trips, one for every month of the summer. Or, learn to roll a kayak and paddle your own way through rapids in our whitewater kayaking workshop. If hiking’s your thing, sign up for our fall extended hiking trip through Labyrinth and Cataract canyons. Or learn about the threatened rivers of the West with organizers Colleen Cooley and Rica Fulton on our new Watershed trip.

Our Balance and Flow Wellness series incorporates trips dedicated to yoga and stand-up paddle boards. River historian Roy Webb provides historic interpretation on our retro Yampa trip. Learn from a distinguished naturalist on specialty rafting trips on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument and the Green River through Desolation Canyon. You could also organize a custom charter trip for your own private group of friends or family!

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Yampa River History Trip with Andrew Gulliford

May 18-21 2022 (5 days): The only thing better than floating the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument is floating the Yampa River with an expert historian and naturalist to guide your eyes. Experience the beating heart of Dinosaur National Monument with Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College. Turn off the Google device and tune in to the world of the river with a master naturalist at your side. Come experience the Yampa's rapids, beaches, side canyons, and history, and watch the canyon come to life around you.

Del Sol Quarter Music Specialty

Members of the Del Sol Quartet on the Yampa

May 21-25, 2022 (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 a unique addition to the potent magic of the wild Yampa River. TRIP IS FULL - You can add your name to the waitlist!

Retro River Holiday Guides

Retro River Rafting on the Yampa with Roy Webb

June 3–7, 2022 (5 days): Relive the golden years of rafting on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. Sierra cups, Chuck Taylors, cut-off jean shorts: all quirky items reminiscent of the years when Holiday River Expedition’s founder Dee Holladay started his business. We’ve changed some things for the better but we figured some of those vintage touches would be fun to bring back for just one trip. Take a journey back through time with us on the glorious Yampa River and find a taste of what boating was like back in the 70s. To top it all off, Roy Webb—the authority on river history—will be joining us to bring the past back to life. TRIP IS FULL - You can add your name to the waitlist!

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Whitewater Kayaking Workshop in Desolation Canyon

August 1–6, 2022 (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.

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Watershed Specialty Trip with Rica Fulton and Colleen Cooley

August 8-13, 2022 (6 days): Never before has water been so precious and valued in the West. With over 40 million people relying on the Colorado River system and increasing aridification we are all at a crossroads. Water is life, so let's come together to enjoy an amazing river canyon and learn from some of the brightest young thinkers in the world of water on this Watershed specialty trip!

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Adult & Solo Travelers Trip

Aug 21-26, 2022 (6 days): This one is for the grown ups! We've reserved a trip just for adults and for adults traveling solo in the magnificent Cataract Canyon. No matter how much you love your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews, sometimes you just want a little peace and quiet. Mix and mingle with like-aged travelers. Connect with new friends over the shared experience of a canyon sunrise or paddling an inflatable kayak through a rapid. Leave the little ones behind this time and enjoy a vacation that is all about YOU.

Desolation Canyon River History with Andrew Gulliford

August 22-27 2022 (6 days): Dr. Andrew Gulliford joins Holiday again for another round of fascinating dives into the unique river history of the Green River through Desolation Canyon. Peek into Major Powell's journal, learn about ancient Indigenous tribes and enjoy dark sky interpretation on this combination stargazing and history trip!

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Labyrinth & Cataract Canyon 12-Day Stargazing Trip

September 19-30, 2022 (12 days): Join us for an extra-special extended Canyonlands trip that combines the quiet grandeur of Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River with the wild, crumbling majesty of Cataract Canyon on the Colorado. Twelve days allows for unparalleled exploration and an incomparable feeling of getting away from it all. Float through towering red mesas, hike to prehistoric structures and up intricate side canyons, visit the Doll House, and then run the legendary rapids of Cataract Canyon. This season, we are excited to offer this unique trip with the added perk of a stargazing focus, complete with our very own astronomy expert from the Clark Planetarium, as well as a professional yoga instructor!