LGBTQ Westwater Canyon Rafting Trip
Due to the level of early interest, in our inaugural LGBTQ trip, we have created this second trip for a shorter 3-days of fun through Westwater Canyon.
Holiday River Expeditions is partnering with our friends, Mikah Meyer of Outside Safe Space and The Venture Out Project, to announce our inaugural LGBTQ River Rafting Trip series through Cataract and now Westwater Canyon.
This 3-day river trip will allow for a quick getaway for the busier among us while bringing together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community to have a safe, restorative, and fun experience connecting with nature and disconnecting from the hustle of everyday life.
While queer culture has had a place in urban environments in most modern memory, it doesn’t mean we haven’t existed in rural and wild places forever. The queer community has a long and often overlooked relationship with wild places and this trip series hoping to help change the face of lgbtq representation. This second offering in this pilot river trip series is a chance to intentionally reclaim a long-standing and powerful connection to these wild places while having a ton of fun on an adventure within the container of a supportive community.
Holiday River Expeditions has been fostering an inclusive and healing ethic on all of our river trips; staring with pioneering women’s rafting trips in the mid 1980’s. Now with the leadership of Lauren Wood, Holiday’s 3rd generation co-owner, we have centered queer and non-binary leadership from the top down in Holiday’s management and guide culture.
Outside Safe Space and The Venture Out Project are both founded by and created for the LGBTQ community as well. Mikah Meyer has been an outspoken advocate for the queer community in outdoor spaces since starting in 2016 on a winding adventure to visit every national park- out and proud. The Venture Out Project is committed to facilitating a variety of wilderness experiences that are for the queer and trans community, by the queer and trans community.
This collaborative effort has us all thrilled to take the next step in creating this intentional safe and liberating space in some of America’s most beautiful backdrops.
Westwater Canyon rafting trips are a great place to get a little taste of everything a river trip has to offer. Spend a long weekend trying your hand at an inflatable kayak or stand up paddleboard, beneath smooth pink and orange sandstone walls. Run exciting rapids through a canyon made of polished black stone (over a billion years old!). Explore side canyons and climb to the rim for the bird’s eye view. Or, just relax! Kick back on a raft and let the world float by.
This is a trip intended for adults 18 years & older. While sober folks are more than welcome it will not be an explicitly sober trip. Additionally, due to the historic lack of accessibility to a wilderness experience of this nature within BIPOC* communities, we are also intentionally setting aside seats for individuals identifying as QT-BIPOC. If that is how you identify please let us know when booking!
*BIPOC stands for Black Indigenous & People of Color
Want to know all the details? Check out our Insider’s Guide to Rafting the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon.