Whitewater Kayaking Workshop

About This Trip

Are you looking for more than an adventure vacation? Then this kayaking experience through some of the most magnificent wilderness canyons of the Southwest is the answer. Prior kayaking experience is not necessary, but a kayak swimming pool class is suggested to help speed your learning on the river. These classes can be found at most colleges and universities. You should be in excellent physical condition and comfortable around water. Andy Thunell from Rapid Progression Kayak School will provide the instruction and all kayaking equipment.


  • Kayak familiarization including safety and strokes
  • How to read the river, its rapids and eddy’s
  • Play in rapids, and begin to learn to roll

Read more about Holiday’s Kayak Workshop Specialty Trip

Starting at Sand Wash put-in in the center of the Tavaputs Plateau, this 84 mile white water rafting trip into Desolation Canyon takes us on the ride of a lifetime and we will encounter over 60 rapids! The whitewater builds in intensity each day and finally leads you out of the Plateau at Swasey’s take-out, just north of our Green River headquarters.

Trip Overview

Location: Desolation Canyon – Green River Wilderness
Type: Kayak
Length: 6 Days
Dates: July 30 – Aug 4
Meet At: Green River, Utah 6:00 am
Rating: Advanced
Age Min: 16
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

$1,425 per person

*$25 BLM fee per person

Departure Dates

6 Day Trip Date

July 30 – Aug 4, 2018

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What’s Included

Life Jacket
Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day – lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/per day

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while, one could develop a leak, so we always recommend packing important items in ziplock bags and leaving expensive electronics at home. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

Other Items We Will Furnish:

Kayaks / Flotation
Spray Skirts
Transportation from Blanding, Utah to the San Juan River and back.

Holiday will deduct $80.00 off of the kayak workshop price if you provide your own kayak.

What’s NOT Included

Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.

Additional Things to Bring – Kayak Workshop:

Extra Sunscreen
Waterproof is recommended
Nose Plugs
For when you learn to roll
Wet Suit Booties / Tennis Shoes
A must while in the kayak
Paddling Jacket with Shell
Wool Sweater
with Chums or Croakies to hold them
Visor to fit under the helmet
Example: Head Gasket


Water Skiing Gloves 
For tender hands
Wet Suit
Bring Farmer John style 1/8″
Small Waterproof Pouch
Carry goodies in during the day


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by John Tokarz on Blank Business Name

We had a great time! I turned 60 on this trip and was able to spend time with my daughter Kim, her husband Ro and my son Allen. This was our 2nd trip with Holiday and our guides were Brin, Sam and Trevor. They were phenomenal and were just as good at cooking gourmet meals as Lauren and Molly were on our 1st trip.

by Pete Litz on Blank Business Name

All aspects of the trip exceeded my expectations. Chet was a phenomenal trip leader. Andy did a super job with the kayak workshop. The Kayak Workshop is the trip of a lifetime. If you are physically capable of paddling for six days, you owe it to yourself to try it.