Specialty River Rafting Trips in UT & CO

Pick from a variety of specialty river rafting trips to elevate your rafting experience to the next level! 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, experts in their fields and fascinating humans in their own right.

For example, you could experience the pristine dark skies of Utah and Colorado on our dark sky stargazing trips, one for every month of the summer. Or, learn to roll a kayak and paddle your own way through rapids in our whitewater kayaking workshop. Meet your muse and work with renowned artist Suze Woolf on the San Juan River during our women’s watercolor workshop. If hiking’s your thing, sign up for our fall extended hiking trip through Labyrinth and Cataract canyons.

Our Balance and Flow series incorporates trips dedicated to yoga and stand-up paddle boards. River historian Roy Webb provides historic interpretation on our retro Yampa trip. Learn from three distinguished naturalists on specialty rafting trips on the San Juan River, in Cataract Canyon, and through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument. Or, talk to one of our trip consultants about organizing a custom charter trip for your own private group of friends or family.

Women’s Watercolor Workshop on the San Juan River

May 14–18, 2020 (5 days): Join artist Suze Woolf and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness on an artistic journey through the spectacular landscape of the Four Corners region. Learn how to interpret the intricate and dynamic river scenery in watercolor. Holiday's guides provide gourmet meals and natural interpretation; the San Juan River provides the inspiration! Holiday will donate a portion of the trip proceeds to the Great Old Broads in order to support their efforts to advocate for the wilderness of the West. TRIP IS FULL - You can add your name to the waitlist!

Retro River Rafting on the Yampa with Roy Webb

June 5–9, 2020 (5 days): Relive the golden years of rafting on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. Sierra cups, Chuck Taylors, cut-off jean shorts: all quirky items reminiscent of the years when Holiday River Expedition’s founder Dee Holladay started his business. We’ve changed some things for the better but we figured some of those vintage touches would be fun to bring back for one trip only in 2020. Take a journey back through time with us on the glorious Yampa River and find a taste of what boating was like back in the 70s. To top it all off, Roy Webb—the authority on river history—will be joining us to bring the past back to life. TRIP IS FULL - You can add your name to the waitlist!

San Juan History Trip with Andrew Gulliford

June 11–16, 2020 (6 days): The ghosts of the San Juan River are many; what better way to explore this sacred canyon than through the eyes of a diehard naturalist? The San Juan River is a vital refuge in an arid landscape, a pulsating ribbon of life flowing through a land of geologic wonders. Join us for this extra special naturalist trip with Dr. Andrew Gulliford as he brings this river of ghosts back to life over the course of five days in the greater Bears Ears area and Goosenecks State Park.

Riverkeeper Cataract Canyon Trip with John Weisheit

July 6–10, 2020 (5 days): The Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park was one of the first places that Holiday began taking its guests in the 1960s. The canyon has stood the test of time not only as a favorite tourist destination but also the tests of geologic time, flood cycles, droughts, the era of dam builders, and the ongoing fight for the life of the Colorado River. Cataract has a story to tell, and naturalist John Weisheit knows how to tell it like no other. John has done hundreds of trips through Cataract Canyon as a river guide and as the Colorado Riverkeeper. Spend five days relaxing, exploring, and listening to the stories of the canyon on this special naturalist trip.

Whitewater Kayaking Workshop in Desolation Canyon

August 3–8, 2020 (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.

Lodore Canyon History Trip with Andrew Gulliford

August 11–14, 2020 (4 days): The only thing better than floating the Green River through Lodore Canyon is floating Lodore Canyon with an expert historian and naturalist to guide your eyes. Experience the deep, red heart of Dinosaur National Monument with Dr. Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College. Turn off the Google device and tune in to the world of the river with a master naturalist at your side. Learn about Lodore’s rapids, beaches, side canyons, and history, and watch the canyon come to life around you.

Labyrinth & Cataract Canyon 10-Day Stargazing Trip

September 10–19, 2020 (10 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. Ten 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. This season, we are excited to offer this unique trip with the added perk of a stargazing focus, complete with our very own astronomy expert from the Clark Planetarium.

Custom Charter Trips

Anytime from April to October 2020: Milestone birthdays, book clubs, bike clubs, or family gatherings: there are endless reasons to gather your favorite people for a private trip. Holiday can make it easy for you with numerous trips to choose from and tools to make the herding of your beloved cats a piece of cake. Visit our custom charter trips page to see a list of our most popular charter trips along with the requirements, pricing, and details.