Arkansas River – Numbers

Section of river: Arkansas River, Numbers
Difficulty: Class 3-4+
Length: 24 miles/39 KM
Season: May to August
Best rapids: Numbers 1 through 7, Frog Rock, House Rock, Silver Bullet, BV Boat Chute

The Numbers offers serious whitewater and it is recommended that rafters have some prior experience. Steep and rocky drops are followed by fast and exciting stretches of moderate whitewater. Located in the upper reaches of the river, the scenery is stunning as you pass the flanks of towering 14,000 foot peaks.



Dolores River

Section of river: Dolores River, Ponderosa Gorge
Difficulty: Class 3-4
Length: 50 miles/80 KM, 3 Days
Season: May to early-June
Best rapids: Snaggletooth, Son of Snag, 3-Mile Rapid

dolores_riverThe Dolores is a classic western river, unspoiled, with a majestic desert backdrop.

In May and June rafters can take advantage of the warm temperatures and early season runoff to raft this exceptional wilderness river.

In Ponderosa Gorge, as its name suggests, ponderosa pines grow in stark contrast with a landscape of red and orange sandstone cliffs. This results in a striking kaleidoscope of color unique to the Dolores River.

Rafters will encounter the infamous class V Snaggletooth Rapid, which one can elect to walk around, and the miles-long House Rock Rapid. Rafters can also choose to explore a 600 to 1,000 year old Anasazi Indian ruin high up on a cliff.



Section of river: Dolores River, Slickrock Canyon
Difficulty: Class 2-3
Length: 50 miles/80 KM, 3 Days
Season: May through Early June
Best rapids: Bull Canyon, Spring Canyon, One Holer, La Sal, S-Curve

448_IMG_4079Entering into Slickrock Canyon, the lush vegetation of Ponderosa Gorges gives way to desert landscapes with gentle, flowing rapids.

Rafters are greeted with 1,200 foot high, brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs. In one spot, a cliff completely overhangs the river. There are many campsites on narrow ledges or alluvial fans created by fantastic serpentine side canyons. These side canyons offer inspiring hiking and gorgeous views.

Section of river: Dolores River, Gateway Canyon
Difficulty: Class 2-3
Length: 68 miles/109 KM; 4 days
Season: May through Early June
Best rapids: Paradox Canyon, Trap, Stateline, Beaver Canyon, Rockslide

Emerging from Slickrock Canyon the river enters Paradox Valley, an interesting geologic phenomenon where the river cuts across the valley rather than through the middle of it!

This valley was extensively occupied by Pueblo Indian culture and was also famous in western history as a route through which rustlers traversed to sell stolen stock in the mining camps.


From here the river cuts through Paradox and Mesa Canyons where one can view remnants of an almost unbelievable “hanging flume”. Near the town of Gateway the river plunges into Gateway Canyon where some of the most difficult rapids of the entire river are encountered, and where the Dolores River finally unites with the Colorado River.


Colorado River – Cataract Canyon

Section of river: Cataract Canyon, Colorado River (Oxbow Reservoir to Driver’s Flat)
Difficulty: Rapids in Cataract Canyon are generally rated Class 3 in April, September and October, Class 3+ in August, Class 3+ to 4 in July, and 4 to 5 with peak water usually occurring during the last week of May and the first week of June during maximum snow melt.
Length: 100 miles; 162 KM; 4-6 days
Season: April – October
Best rapids: Big Drop 1, 2 & 3, Brown Betty, Mile-a-long

14_holidayexpeditionsMuch of America’s desert southwest is defined by one river, the Colorado.  Born of snow pack high in the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado River courses its way south and west into the state of Utah, becoming at once a creator and a characteristic of the magnificent scenery of the Colorado Plateau.

The legendary Cataract Canyon of the Colorado cuts and winds through the heart of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.

No matter what you’re looking for in a vacation, Cataract Canyon has it all: exhilarating whitewater; big-beach camping; phenomenal side-canyon hikes to geologic and historic wonders and astounding views.

Prehistoric Puebloan ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs are common along the river’s shores side canyons — inspiring visions of a wilder North America.

Ancient history is likewise on display in the many fossilized remains embedded in former seabeds. Many species of wild animals are found along the river’s edge, drawn to the only major source of water in the area.  Finding shelter in riverside tamarisks, willows and cottonwoods, bighorn sheep, deer and great blue heron can be seen, as well as ring-tailed cat, fox, beaver, and bobcat.

Less famous than the Grand Canyon a few hundred miles downstream, Cataract Canyon is, nonetheless, a premier southwest destination.  The Colorado River is not dammed above Cataract Canyon, and its varying water levels at different times of year provide a whitewater experience for everyone.  In the high water season of May and June, whitewater enthusiasts delight in the huge waves and the famous “Big Drops,” which at times can make even the Grand Canyon’s Lava and Crystal Rapids seem tame.    Later in the season, from July through October, as the water levels drop, this becomes an outstanding river with less intimidating rapids suitable for all ages and levels of experience.

cat-canyon-raftCataract Canyon through Canyonlands National Park is a journey into a spectacular remote wilderness.  This quality multi-faceted adventure is the ideal balance of serenity, fascination, and exhilaration. Cataract Canyon highlights include:

  • Leisure rafting to wild class 3-4+ whitewater
  • Delightful riverside camping
  • Hikes to Pueblo ruins and hidden wonders
  • Beautiful canyons similar to the Grand Canyon

Arkansas River – Browns Canyon

Section of river: Brown’s Canyon
Difficulty: Class 3-4 at moderate levels
Length: 10 miles/16 KM half-day; 20 miles/32 KM full day
Season: Best time to raft is May through August
Best rapids: Half-day: Pinball, Zoom Flume, 7 Stairs, Big Drop, Widowmaker, Raft Ripper
Full day: Zoom Flume, 7 Stairs, Widowmaker, Seidels Suckhole, Twin Falls

Brown’s Canyon is the most popular section of the river due to the stunning alpine scenery of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks, world class whitewater, and easy access from Denver, Colorado Springs, and the many ski resort area. The whitewater here is exciting, yet suitable for beginners.


Arkansas River – Narrows

Section of river: Narrows
Difficulty: Class 3-4
Length: 17 miles/27 KM
Season: May to August
Best rapids: Miracle Mile, Frog Rock, House Rock, Silver Bullet, BV Boat Chute

The Narrows is known for its very continuous whitewater with almost no flat water.

This section is offered as a short day trip or as part of a longer full day Numbers trip or as part of a very long full day Browns Canyon trip. It is also offered as part of many overnight trips on the Arkansas.


Arkansas – Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Section of river: Arkansas River, Bighorn Sheep Canyon
Difficulty: Class -3
Length: 38 miles/61 KM
Season: May through August
Best rapids: Badger Creek, Tin Cup, Spider, Cottonwood, Texas Creek

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a long section of river that has several options for full day trips suitable for families with young children. It is also popular as the middle part of an overnight raft trip.


American River – South Fork

Section of river: Chili Bar to Salmon Falls Bridge
Difficulty: Class 3
Length: 21 miles; 34 KM
Season: April – September
Best rapids: Meat Grinder, Trouble Maker, Satan’s Cesspool, Hospital Bar

south-fork-american-peoplePulsing through the heart of California’s Gold Country, the South Fork of the American River was once the lifeblood of the state’s gold rush in the late 1840s.  Today, gold is still mined along the American, and the river continues to erode its way toward deeper deposits.  But the main attraction of the South Fork is no longer the riches along its shore.  Today, many adventurers discover a different treasure on this stretch of river: a wealth of fun Class III whitewater that’s made the South Fork of the American River California’s most popular rafting trip.

Scheduled releases keep the South Fork flowing from April through September, delivering miles of thrilling, non-stop whitewater that’s ideal for rafters of any experience level.  The river’s close proximity to Sacramento, along with its fun, easy-to-handle whitewater and long season make it an extremely accessible trip; its gold rush history and beautiful scenery – rolling, grassy hills sprinkled with deep green oak and pine trees, rocky gorges and early-season wildflowers – make the South Fork as inviting a trip as it is obtainable.


Brahmaputra River

brahmaputra1The Brahmaputra River in India is an exciting journey down one of the world’s greatest rivers, an option only for the true adventurer.

brahmaputra--621x414The river, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalaya and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where the expedition begins, a few miles inside the line-of-control with China.

The expedition takes you through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by leech-infested rainforest. It negotiates the finest big volume white water in an area, which is surely one of the most inaccessible in the world.

Brahmaputra-River-India-420x0A 9-day self -contained run (180 kms approx.) from Tuting to Pasighat travels  through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world makes this one of the most premier expeditions offered.