Colorado River

Westwater Canyon: The Little Grand

  • Length:18 - 50 miles
  • Duration: 1 - 3 days
  • Difficulty: Class III - IV
  • Best Rapid: Funnel Falls
  • Rec. Level: 3,000 - 18,000 cfs
  • Put-in: Westwater Ranger Station
  • Take-out: Cisco
  • Season: May - September

Westwater Canyon with Holiday ExpeditionsOften called a miniature Grand Canyon, this segment of the Colorado River is the answer for the person who is short on time but wants it all: a wilderness canyon so stunningly beautiful you'll have no doubt about leaving the world behind. The finale: world class whitewater. Depending upon water level and trip length, you will see from eighteen to fifty miles of the Colorado's finest beaches, side canyons, and campsites.

A century ago pioneer river explorers Than Galloway and John Wesley Powell developed two distinctive rowing styles. Your guides will employ them to meet the challenge of Westwater's rapids. Galloway's innovative facing style will be used in most of the rapids that demand tight boat placement, including Funnel Falls and Sock-it-to-me. Powell's distinctive style is used for Skull rapid where a powerful thrust is required to thrust through a diagonal wave feeding right into Skull Hole.

On selected dates we combine our Westwater trip with a two-day stay at the Tavaputs Ranch. Inside tips on booking Westwater Canyon: it usually sells out, so book early. The three-day trip offers more time to leave the world behind and the opportunity to become one-on-one with the Colorado River in an inflatable kayak: the ultimate three-day getaway.

Cataract Canyon: Canyonlands National Park

  • Length: 96-100 miles
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Difficulty: Class III - V
  • Best Rapid: The Big Drops
  • Rec. Level: 10,000-50,000 cfs
  • Put-in: Potash or Mineral Bottom
  • Take-out: Hite
  • Season: May - September

Rafting Cataract Canyon with Holiday ExpeditionsThis legendary gorge, named Cataract Canyon, is buried in the heart of Utah's Canyonlands National Park. Our rafts offer effortless conveyance to side canyon grottos, waterfalls and ancient Ancestral Pueblo ruins that are otherwise inaccessible. On this trip we see the most vivid contrast between utter tranquility and all-out high adventure.

In the first part of the trip, the current slides us quietly past brilliantly colored cliffs and towering table-top mesas. Here the river conditions both body and soul, giving you time to prepare yourself for the behemoth rapids awaiting below the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers.

Nowhere on its entire course does the Colorado River descend more precipitously than through Cataract Canyon. On river night three, the Colorado River will not rest. The roar of the cataracts will lull you to sleep, dance in your dreams, then wake you the next morning with a new bearing. Time to batten down the hatches and hold on. Twenty-three BIG ONES, among them Mile Long, Ben Hurt and the grand-daddy of them all, The Big Drops, a succession of three big-hitters that will take you laughing and cheering, 30 feet closer to sea level in less than a mile.

To book your trip on the Colorado River call Holiday Expeditions at 800.624.6323!