The Green River through the Gates of Lodore is the perfect introduction to a backcountry river trip. Featuring four days of moderate rapids, idyllic beaches, and fascinating side hikes, Lodore offers a little bit of everything. There’s nowhere else quite like Lodore Canyon, and while we love being present in the moment and soaking up all these experiences, it’s also nice to have a way to keep such brilliant memories alive. That’s where Chris, Francisco, and Brett come in. Experience several storytelling media: pixels, paint, and prose, or choose your favorite and hone in on it over the course of four days in the riveting and remote Lodore Canyon located in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument.
Enjoy your days on the river as your guides navigate you through exciting whitewater, or perhaps, take a more active approach and try out an inflatable kayak through stretches of calm water, or moderate whitewater rapids. Once we arrive at camp, options to hike and swim are plentiful, and still leave time for relaxation and practinc a new artform. Take time at camp to practice (or learn!) mixed media plein air painting skills, guided by Chris Peterson you’ll explore the sensations of your river experience with mixed media art making workshops along the way. Take home a new painting to memorialize your trip. After you’ve painted your day, elevate your prose with some guidance from Brett Prettyman, esteemed writer and river advoate. As dark settles, allow Francisco Kjolseth to guide your eyes above to vast night sky. Take in the breadth of Milky Way as you’ve never seen before. With Francisco’s eye towards documentary photography, explore the joy and wonder of being in a beautiful landsape and capturing this vast and wild place.
Holidays professional guides will handle all the logistics, navigate you through the river, and of course, provide delicious, riverfront, meals! All you have to do is kick back and enjoy the wondrous world around you!
Pixels, Paint, or Prose – how will you memorialize your Lodore Canyon Trip?
About our facilitators:
Chris Peterson – Chris Peterson is a Utah-based artist and river advocate. Chris worked for 15 years in nonprofit, public and education sectors in diverse roles focused around engagement, conservation science and education He holds a BFA from BYU and an MPA and M.S in Environmental Humanities; both from the University of Utah. He is cofounder of Utah Wildlife Walls, with the goal of installing at least one wildlife mural in each of Utah’s 29 counties. Chris’ work focuses primarily on nature and wildlife as inspiration. His studio and mural work enlist a mixed-media layered process with imagination built into the layers of art making.
Brett is the author of Fishing Utah, Best Day Hikes in Capitol Reef, and Hiking Utah’s High Uintas. He won two Emmy Awards for his work as the writer/producer/host on the Utah Bucket List television program on KUED – two of the trips in the show were with Holiday. He has been a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 1992 and is a past board member and president of the organization. Brett won more than 40 OWAA awards, including the President’s Choice Award for a two-part story on Salt Lake climber Kyle Dempster. He also collected more than two dozen two Associated Press awards through the years.
Brett currently serves as chair of the executive board for Reel Recovery, a national nonprofit that provides free fly-fishing retreats for men with cancer, and as chair of the board for the Utah Wildlife Federation. Brett lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Brooke, and three children, William, Lucie, and Owen.
Check out our Insider’s Guide to Lodore Canyon to learn more.