In partnership with Utah Open Lands, Holiday is excited to offer this 5-day Yampa River expedition where we will be joined by river and water advocates. This year’s theme will be “A Celebration of Land & Water”. Wendy Fisher, Executive Director of Utah Open Lands, and Zachary Frankel, Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council, will accompany us and facilitate discussions, answer questions, and share insights about conservation work in Utah as well as the missions of their respective organizations. As you descend the Colorado Plateau’s last truly wild river, you’ll be joined by like-minded individuals and in the capable hands of Holiday’s professional guides who will allow you to truly unwind and unplug. In addition to enjoying the breathtaking scenery and thrilling whitewater, you will learn from the experts about conservation strategies, the current state of Utah’s protected lands, and what the future holds for the places we cherish. Each evening, you will hear Wendy recite passages from her essay “Accommodating, Managing and Sustaining the Wild”.
Adventures are plentiful on the Yampa River, with hikes to awe-inspiring overlooks as well as historical sites, opportunities to paddle inflatable kayaks, picturesque camping on gorgeous sandy beaches, and gourmet meals prepared right before your eyes. For all the night owls, take in the Milky Way and count the constellations in this designated Dark Skies region. Dinosaur National Monument is one of the best kept secrets of the west, and this unique opportunity is an ideal way to explore the park while learning important context about the lands we love. Holiday is proud to support our public lands and the organizations, like Utah Open Lands, that stand to protect them.
More about Utah Open Lands
Utah Open Lands is a 501c(3) nonprofit land trust conservation association that works with landowners and partners across the state of Utah – helping individuals, families, municipalities, and organizations achieve their conservation goals. They aim “to preserve, protect and steward open space in order to maintain Utah’s natural heritage and quality of life for present and future generations”. UOL was established in 1990 and focuses its efforts to assist in preserving land areas for their agricultural, scenic, recreational, historic, and wildlife values.
Wendy Fisher – Executive Director, Utah Open Lands
“Great trip! The balance of hikes and time on the river was perfect. Guides were very helpful and flexible. Only one complaint…the food was so good that I didn’t lose any weight.” (Robert DeLapaz)