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The San Juan River offers some of the most amazing landscape found anywhere. From rainbow colored canyon walls to polished limestone swimming pools, this region always surprises and delights its visitors. From the canyon rim, we have an endless vista of Monument Valley.

Flowing faster than any other river we run, the San Juan’s 83 miles and scores of small rapids are perfect for children and inflatable kayaking.

The first time I went down the San Juan was with a group of boatmen. It was hard to read the map because the scenery was so amazing . . . the water was moving so fast. It made us dizzy because our heads were busy snapping from one side of the river to the other to see the next scenic attraction.

Dee Holladay, Holiday River’s 1975 Reconnaissance Trip


  • Explore slickrock and prehistoric Indian ruins
  • Classic Southern Utah desert environment, warm water
  • Perfect rafting for children and inflatable kayaks

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Jun 19, 2013 by Nancy Bogess

We are reveling about the gorgeous scenery every day with the
overwhelming colors, shapes, and heights of the rock formations. We
were impressed too with the knowledge that our guides had about the
history of the early people who tried to settle there, and much about
the rock formations. You have a wonderful crew - all real pros.


Aug 22, 2012 by Susan Daniels

The guides were wonderful -- T.J. and Loren knew interesting stories about the history of the canyon, told us about the geology, showed us fossils, told awful jokes, cooked amazing food and shared their love of the river and the canyon. They seemed to genuinely enjoy all the people too. And they accommodated the interests of the group from stopping at Sand Island so we could see the petroglyphs, to helping us get to the best place for a chance to see the eclipse of the sun. I was impressed by how the logistics and equipment have changed in the 40 years since I was last on a Holiday trip -- more elegant without changing the basic river experience. (The Bano, hand washing stations, drinking water, already inflated self-bailing boats! The food was always good, and it is even better now.)


Aug 22, 2012 by Sandra Linstruth

The guides were outstanding! The food was delicious! I don't see how anything could have been better. This was definitely a 5 star experience. I would go with Holiday again in a heartbeat. Our group was especially interested in trying to see the solar eclipse, and the guides were most accommodating, even though it wasn't on the original agenda. They were wonderful.


Jul 22, 2012 by J. Jensen, AZ

The guides are always a pleasure to get to know and the food is fantastic. I have been on many vacations that include Hawaii and cruises and I can honestly say that the river trips with Holiday are my favorite.


Jul 20, 2012 by Calleen Kenney

It was nice to be able to get a sense of the activities and scenery! Also, I'll admit I did look up what accommodations were made for bathrooms. I was surprised and delighted that you do explain that. Great to be prepared! Great website. Everything EXCEEDED my expectations. I had such an wonderful experience with Holiday Expeditions and learned so much about nature and preservation. Our guides were so knowledgeable and took us to amazing destinations! Such a great trip for the soul!


Jul 01, 2011 by The Denham Family, UK

We came from England to spend 2 weeks in Utah. We spent a week in Zion and then headed East for our rafting trip. It was a highlight of the holiday, especially as we lay in our sleeping bags on the first night, in a long line, counting shooting stars. Totally memorable. Thank you for a really brilliant rafting trip. I would love to think we will be back sometime.


Jun 24, 2011 by Janelle Eurick, UT

Maya and Hank were really fun and personable. Your veggie food options are great! I love that you are teaching the guides to teach all the guests about preserving the wilderness, cryptobiotic soil, etc. It is really nice to do business with a caring company.


Jun 21, 2011 by G. and A. Baldwin, WY

The guides met or exceeded our high expectations. They are the main reason we keep going back to Holiday! The only negative for this trip was that it was too short to see all the sights along the way. What we did do was great, but we missed Honaker trail, Comb Wash and other places. This should be a 6 or 7 day trip!


Jun 09, 2011 by B. Brady, TX

The guides were exceptional! I felt safe in the boats, encouraged to have fun in the duckies, and well-cared for with meals and camping sites. Jess is a great trip leader and made the trip even better. Alex told me tons of facts about the plants and animals in the area during one of our hikes. Katy was always cheerful and competent when guiding the boat. HIKE: I enjoyed all the hiking we did, but wish we could have done more!

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