Specialty River Rafting Trips in UT & CO

Pick from a variety of specialty river rafting trips designed to elevate your river experience! 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 who is an expert in their field.

Whether you want to experience the pristine dark skies of Utah and Colorado on our dark sky stargazing trips or learn to roll a kayak and paddle your own way through rapids in our whitewater kayaking workshop, there’s a trip for you!

Looking for daily gentle movement? Our Balance and Flow Wellness series incorporates trips dedicated to yoga and stand-up paddle boarding. If hiking’s your thing, sign up for our fall extended hiking trip through Labyrinth and Cataract canyons. Alternatively, we offer several trips where you can hear from esteemed experts on river policy, native lands, and the history of all things river and river culture.

Add a little extra magic to your river trip by joining one of our specialty rafting and music trips, or by learning the art of watercolor or even illustrated journaling with the river corridor as your inspiration.

If you don’t see just the right specialty river rafting trip for you, reach out to us to organize a custom charter trip for your own private group of friends or family! Custom trips are perfect for employee outings, celebrations with friends, family reunions, or any other reason to get out on the river!

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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.

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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.

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Cataract Canyon w/Melissa Sevigny

Sept 15-20, 2024 (6 days): On this special Cataract Canyon trip, Holiday will be joined by Brave the Wild River author Melissa Sevigny as we retrace the first part of the historic expedition. Starting at Mineral Bottom, we will set off down the Green River and float through the breathtaking Stillwater Canyon before descending down Cataract Canyon. Along the way, Melissa will read excerpts from her book and the journals of the botanists from their time in Cataract. She will also speak to what their journey means in the context of today as well as lead nature writing exercises. While Brave the Wild River is Melissa's most recent publication, she has written two other acclaimed science books as well as countless essays, poems, and radio stories to her credit.

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Labyrinth & Cataract Canyon 12-Day Raft & Hike Trip

Sep 16-27, 2024 (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. It's rare to be able to spend this kind of time exploring in the river canyon. Cooler days and longer nights provide the perfect setting for hiking, rafting and stargazing.

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Labyrinth Canyon Fall Hiking Special

Sep 16-20, 2024 (5 days): Fall days spent whiling away through Labyrinth Canyons are about as good as it gets. Fall brings cooler temperatures, and lower water, which means there's plenty of stunning sandy beaches for river front camping. Trace the history of previous inhabitants, and legendary river runners as you explore the side canyons of this gorgeous canyon.