Holiday River Expeditions, is partnering with our friend Mikah Meyer of Travel Beyond Convention and announcing our inaugural LGBTQ Colorado River Rafting Trip through Cataract Canyon. This 6-day river trip will take you through the heart of Canyonlands National Park while bringing together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community to have a safe, restorative, and fun experience connecting with nature and disconnecting from the hustle of everyday life.
While queer culture has been long-established in cities–where communities can consolidate and flourish–it doesn’t mean we haven’t existed in rural and wild places forever. The LGBTQ community has a long and often overlooked relationship with the natural world and we are hoping to help change that perception. This pilot river trip is a chance to intentionally reclaim a deep and meaningful connection to these wild places while having a relaxing and thrilling vacation with a supportive community.
Holiday River Expeditions has a longstanding history of fostering an inclusive and restorative ethos on all of our river trips, and was a pioneer in starting women’s specific rafting trips in the mid 1980’s. Now with the leadership of Lauren Wood, Holiday’s 3rd generation co-owner helping direct their family’s company, we have centered queer and non-binary leadership from the top down in their management and guide culture. We are beyond excited to take the next step in creating this intentional safe and liberating space on this unbridled river.
Legendary Cataract Canyon lies buried in the heart of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Our whitewater rafts offer dynamic and comfortable transportation to side canyon grotto’s, waterfalls and ancient Pueblo ruins that are otherwise inaccessible within the Park. On this backdoor expedition through Canyonlands we see the most vivid contrast between serene tranquility and all-out high adventure with world class whitewater.
Read More about this unique place: Insider’s Guide to Rafting the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.
“Multi-Day Rafting Trips with Holiday became my favorite National Park activity after visiting all 419 National Park Service sites, so I can’t advocate for them highly enough. In a world constantly digitally connected, it provides a respite from the noise and distraction of a cell phone, to connect with the nature and people that surround you.” -Mikah Meyer