LGBTQ Westwater Canyon Rafting Trip

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.

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Rafting

  • Location:

    Colorado River - Westwater Canyon

  • Length:

    3 Days

  • Dates:

    Aug 15-17

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 8:00 am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    18

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Thrilling Class III & IV whitewater
  • Miles of serene calm water to relax on
  • Rich & diverse wilderness with billion-year-old black rocks
  • Queer community with a fully supported wilderness experience
  • See bighorn, birds of prey, & otters
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Rates & Dates

3 Day

  • Adult:
  • $700
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $700
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $700
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $700
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2021
  • August
  • 15-17th

Itinerary

The Colorado River spans the Utah-Colorado border. This Three-day rafting trips begins in Loma, Colorado and float through red sandstones cliffsides of Ruby Canyon before entering the hard black narrows of Westwater itself. The trip finishes just outside Cisco, Utah, a genuine ghost-town-turned-artist-colony.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet at our headquarters in Green River, Utah, at 8:00 a.m., Mountain Time We’ll issue your waterproof bags and you’ll have plenty of time to pack them. You can also purchase any last minute items you may need from our store front (see our packing checklist for a list of items we stock). Next we’ll load up into our vans for the two hour ride east to the put-in near Loma, Colorado. This trip launches into Ruby Canyon, known for its smooth sandstone walls and unique rock spires. The water is calm at first, with a few small riffles, perfect for playing around with inflatable kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. A side hike up Rattlesnake Canyon reveals a variety of desert plants and wildlife. Camp at Black Rocks, where 1.7 billion-year-old black schist provides the background setting.

Day 2:

Enjoy a peaceful morning of floating before reaching the Westwater Canyon boat ramp. From here on, the river enters the narrow, black rock canyon of Westwater itself. Rapids begin to get bigger, which means more fun in the inflatable kayaks! Camp a half mile or so upstream of the biggest rapids, deep within Westwater, and enjoy peak-relaxation; a state only reached on the second day of disconnection while watching the stars come out.

Day 3:

Everyone get ready and gear up for rapids! In quick succession: Big Hummer, Funnel Falls, Surprise, and the pinch point of the Colorado River, Skull Rapid. After the wild ride of Westwater’s whitewater, sit back and look for bald eagles, great blue herons, and even an occasional big horn sheep. We aim to ‘hit’ the Cisco boat ramp by 2:00. After packing up the boats and gear, we’ll make the 45-minute drive back to Green River. We typically plan to return between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the exact trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like, and could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, assigned campsites, weather, and other unpredictable elements. Embrace the adventure and go with the flow!

 

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