Welcome to Green River

The Colorado and Green Rivers were first explored in 1869 and 1871 by the legendary one-armed Civil War veteran, geologist and ethnologist John Wesley Powell. The town was settled in 1878, and now mainly relies on the limited tourism for income. Moab is 53 miles southeast.

If you're passing through on the third weekend in September, be sure to attend the Melon Days festival – this is, after all, the 'world's watermelon capital.'

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$260 Walking & Biking Tours

Pedal, Paddle, Pedal - Mountain Biking & Packrafting Combo

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productWe will meet at our shop in downtown Moab where we'll outfit you with a mountain bike and packraft - a small boat that fits in your backpack and will be used to float one of the most scenic sections of the Green River near Moab. We'll drive west from town for about 45 minutes and get dropped off with all of our gear. On our mountain bikes, we'll descend an old mining road and lose over 1,000 feet of elevation along the way. Once at the banks of the Green River, we'll inflate our boats and strap our bikes to the front. From here, you can sit back and enjoy an incredibly scenic, flat-water float through Labyrinth Canyon. We'll stop at an old inscription from one of the first explorers of this area, then hop on our bikes for the final (3 mile) leg of this unique multi-sport adventure. Pass By: Moab Utah

$975 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Desolation Canyon - Green River

Trip meets in Moab, Utah at our office, 378 N. Main, at 6:15 am.  The morning of the trip you’ll be transported to the Moab Airport and board a charter flight, approx. 45 minutes to Sand Wash, the river put-in site. Please be sure to contact our office if your beverages exceed one case per group. We must maintain weight restrictions on charter planes, so large amounts of beverages must be taken in the day before with the Adrift Crew via truck. The truck will leave the office approximately 12:00 p.m. the day before your departure date. After your scenic flight into Sand Wash you’ll load onto our rafts for a pleasant day of floating the Green River. Spend the evening camping on the river’s shore. Horseshoes, volleyball, hiking and just plain relaxation for the evening!  Lunch and dinner included.Today is the day for a journey in time. With spectacular rock formations, abundant Indian dwellings, pictographs, petroglyphs…you’re floating one of the most colorful waterways of all the rivers. Sandy beaches and huge cottonwoods offer exquisite campsites. Camp at the river’s shore for another exciting evening!  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.By now you’ll be through the rapids of Range Creek, Rattlesnake, and McPhersons… all having increased from size from the beginning to the end of the trip. Camp at river’s shore for yet another exciting evening!  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.(Last Day if doing 4 Day): After a healthy breakfast, you’re off once again on the river. Short hikes to ancient Indians dwellings that range from a five minute walk to half an hour break up your days’ events. Camp at river’s shore for one more exciting evening! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.(Last Day if doing 5 Day): For your last day, enjoy additional hiking and a day on the river!  Breakfast and lunch included. At the end of the trip you will be transported back to Moab.

$645 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Colorado River Rafting Trip through Westwater Canyon

Itineraries can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river. The typical itineraries below illustrate a 3-day trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.Day 1:  Meet at Green River, Utah headquarters at 8:00 am before a 2-hour drive to Loma. First, float leisurely through the desert scenery of Ruby Canyon, and for those interested, inflatable kayaks provide an opportunity to experience the river on your own. Hike up Rattlesnake Canyon to see a variety of desert plants and wildlife, then camp at Black Rocks, where 1,000-year-old black schist – a type of metamorphic rock – provides an unusually rugged and beautiful setting for your campsite.Day 2:  Spend plenty of time peacefully floating on calm waters and more time in the inflatable kayaks before reaching Westwater Ranger Station. This is where the river enters the steep, narrow canyons that give Westwater its nickname: “the Little Grand Canyon”. Small rapids begin to materialize along the otherwise quiet stretches of the Colorado River here. Set up camp at one of the many beaches within Westwater Canyon.Day 3:  Gear up for rapids on the final day of the trip. Raft down Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, Surprise, and Skull Rapid, and glimpse bald eagle, great blue heron, and snowy egret habitats along the way. Finally, take a short drive back to Green River.

$510 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Colorado River Rafting Trip through Westwater Canyon

Itineraries can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river. The typical itineraries below illustrate a 3-day trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.Day 1:  Meet at Green River, Utah headquarters at 8:00 am. Pack bags at river headquarters before ride to Westwater Ranger Station.  Relaxing float to Little Hole Canyon’s natural amphitheater where shards of Native American pottery can be seen.  In favorable conditions a short hike up Little Dolores Canyon reveals a beautiful desert waterfall and swimming hole. Camp near Little Dolores.Day 2:  Leisurely breakfast before rapids of Westwater.  Rapids, one right after another; Marble, Staircase, Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, and Surprise . . . leads to Skull Rapid, one of the Colorado’s fiercest drops.  Finish with Bowling Alley, Sock-it-to-me and Last Chance. Vans will return you to our headquarters in Green River at the end of the trip.

$795 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Canyonlands Mountain Bike Tour on the White Rim Trail

One of the advantages of a bike trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups in the area. This typical itinerary illustrates a bike trip through the Island in the Sky District. The White Rim itinerary will vary with the time of season, weather conditions on the trip, and scheduling of campsites. Day 1: Meet group at Holiday River Expeditions headquarters in Green River, Utah. A two-hour van ride to the head of the Shafer Trail marks the start of the trip. The first day's ride will take the group down the switchbacks of the Shafer trail before cutting back south toward Musselman Arch. The trail continues to wind southward as it follows the meandering course of the Colorado River. Camp on this evening is made at or near Gooseberry Canyon. Day 2: Our ride will take us over undulating roads past the white, sandstone-capped monoliths of Monument and Twin basins. Then in the afternoon, up to Murphy's Hogback, the first of this trips’ two challenging uphill stretches. After conquering the hill we will set camp for the night. Day 3: By the morning of this day the trail has turned back north and is following the contours of the Green River. We ride around the labyrinths of Soda Springs Basin and by Candlestick Tower before reaching Potato bottom, where we camp for the night. Day 4: This morning we will tackle the challenging Hardscrabble incline and visit prehistoric Indian ruins at a lookout point above Fort Bottom. After descending from Hardscrabble Ridge to river bottom, we will follow the Green River to Mineral Canyon. Our vans will meet us for a 2-hour drive back to Green River. This is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

$2800 Cultural & Theme Tours

Utah Big 5 National Parks Tours

ItineraryDay 1: From Salt Lake City TO Moab UtahStop At: Arches National Park, Moab, UtahWe Begin the Hotel and Travelers Pick Up In Salt Lake CIty then travel to Moab UtahDuration: 1 hourPass By: Arches National Park Scenic Drive, Arches National Park, UtahAs we Travel From Salt Lake City To Moab Utah and Arches National Park. Enjoy some amazing scenery and some of this is where a lot of the Mars Missions and testing is done. Stop At: Moab Horses, Moab, UtahArrive Moab UtahDuration: 1 hourStop At: Arches National Park, Moab, UtahAfter checking in at Hotel, Eat some Dinner and Head out to the National park. The park after dark allows you to see the various landscapes of Arches National park at night. By using billions of stars as the backdrop.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: We do Provide Lunch in Green River. Restaurants are: Ray's Tavern, Tamarisk Restaurant, Tacos La Pasadita. • Dinner: Welcome Dinner included.Accommodation included: MainStay Suites Moab, Hyatt Place, Aarchway Inn, Holiday Inn, SpringHill, Fairfield Inn, Red Cliffs LodgeDay 2: Arches National Park Stop At: Arches National Park, Moab, UtahYou will travel into the Park today and see the many different land Formations that were created from millions of years of erosion. Most of the land formations are from rain and wind and other acts of nature. There are many different hikes available for this day. Ask your Guide about the hike that are available. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel • Lunch: If any hikes are being completed, we will provide a picnic lunch.If no hikes we will drive out to the area Restaurants. • Dinner: Jet Boat ride and light Show and DinnerAccommodation included: You stay at the hotel that you have checked into.Day 3: Canyonlands National ParkStop At: Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UtahExplore Canyonlands NP today. Enjoy the many different areas to see and the hikes. Do not forget to see the old Indian ruins ask your guide about the things to see and do. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: At the Hotel. • Lunch: If any hikes are being completed, we will provide a picnic lunch.If no hikes we will drive out to the area Restaurants. • DinnerAccommodation included: You will have last night at this HotelDay 4: Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National ParkStop At: Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, UtahAfter you leave Moab see some more great scenery and look out for Mars yes Mars in Hanksville Utah it is where they are doing the training for the upcoming Mars mission The Mars Desert Research Station - MDRS.Enjoy the beautiful sunrise from your hotel before returning to Capitol Reef National Park for a great morning of hiking and exploring more of this park. Options for today include Hickman Bridge, Cassidy Arch, Grand Wash, Cohab Canyon, Chimney Rock, and Sulphur Creek. Each one offers an experience unique to its own area with different rock layers being available for exploration.One your way to Bryce we stop in Boulder at Anasazi State Park The park is focused around the reconstructed ruins of an ancient Anasazi village, referred to as the Coombs Village Site, which is located directly behind the museum. There are a self-guided trail visitors can take through the village with interpretive signs explaining the various features of the village, and the culture of the people who once lived there.Once finished, you will transfer to Bryce Canyon National Park (4-hour drive) along the Scenic Route 12, one of the most scenic roads in America. You will climb over the Aquarius Plateau (topping out at 9,600 feet), drive down into Boulder, Utah, then over the “Hogback” with a drop of hundreds of feet on either side of the narrow road, and traverse the labyrinth of canyons that form the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument.Once in Bryce Canyon, you will begin with a short hike to Mossy Cave along the East Fork of the Sevier River as it cascades down into the valley of Tropic. (Only runs in the spring, summer, and fall). This will be your first experience in this magical landscape filled with Hoodoos and other interesting geological formations. In the evening, you will get to relax in Bryce City, Utah.For those interested, you can attend the Night Sky/Astronomy program offered by the park service at the visitor’s center. (Available from May to October, weather permitting)breakfast Lunch Dinner Breakfast, lunch included. Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner: Welcome Dinner to Bryce CanyonAccommodation included: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon, Rubys Inn, Bryce Canyon InnDay 5: Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park Drive to Springdale Utah Stop At: Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, UtahSunrise at the Rim of Bryce Canyon offers those willing to wake up with the sun the opportunity to see this landscape transform from a gray mass into a colorful wonderland filled with odd-shaped pillars and walls of rock. Hoodoos are found throughout the world, but these are colored in ways unmatched by any other area on earth. Spanning over 2000 feet in elevation, Bryce Canyon has three distinct climate zones within its borders. Created by the processes of faulting, geological uplift, and frost wedging, this landscape has transformed itself into a playground for you to enjoy. From a comfortable walk along the rim to hiking the Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop trail or Fairyland Loop trail, you will have a full morning inside the hoodoos, spires, and other geological features in this park. Along with hiking, you have the opportunity to see pronghorns, antelope, deer, and other mammals on this high plateau. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Springdale Visitor Center, Springdale, UtahAround lunch time, you will transfer to Zion National Park. (2 hours). Along the way, you will enjoy lunch at one of the many local eateries that are available. Coming into the east entrance of Zion National Park, you will witness the top layers of the largest sand dunes that have ever existed. You will enjoy the opportunity to see bighorn sheep climbing the area, ponderosa pine trees growing out of the side of sheer cliffs, and the individual layers of sand shaped and altered over millions of years.After a brief stop at Checkerboard Mesa and a few other prime photo stops, you will have the opportunity to hike up if you like to Canyon Overlook and look 2500 feet down to the bottom of Pine Creek and Zion Canyon. After traversing through the historic 1.1 mile long tunnel and down into the canyon, you will get to enter into the main canyon and continue to see why this landscape was sacred to the Native Americans who lived here for thousands of years. Once finished, you will transfer to the entrance of the park and into Springdale, Utah, for a relaxing evening. Lodging for the night Springdale Ut. Around this hotel you have art galleries, eateries, and other fantastic shops to explore before calling it a day.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner: Cowboy Dinner show Seasonal Accommodation included: Hotels in the Springdale Hurricane Area All 3 starDay 6: Zion ParkStop At: Zion National Park, Zion National Park, UtahThe towering red & yellow cliffs of Zion National Park will be above us on both sides of the road. Day in Zion park. Your guide will meet you in the lobby, then you embark on the journey to Zion National Park. Here, you'll explore sites like the Great White Throne, Angel's Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Narrows. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotels in the Springdale and Hurricane Utah areasDay 7: Zion NP Stop At: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Zion National Park, UtahWake up early and explore the canyon or relax from your hotel's balcony in the shade of 3000 + feet of cliffs. You can walk along the Virgin River Narrows, cross Angels Landing, walk to the Emerald Pools, or climb the East Rim Trail to the top of the park, or visit the Cable Mountain or Observation Point.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Salt Lake CityPass By: Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, UtahFor your journey back to Salt Lake City, Utah, you'll leave the park. You'll stop for lunch along the way in historical Beaver, Utah at Cove Fort. Cove Fort Historic Site welcomes visitors year-round and is located approximately 30 miles south of Fillmore, Utah. The rock fort was built in 1867 and protected telegraph lines and travelers on the road between Salt Lake City and settlements further south. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called families to manage the fort and ranch, and these families made Cove Fort their home. Their legacy of sacrifice and service can still be felt today. You'll also travel along the faultlines of the Hurricane and Wasatch. You should get through the Provo Canyon to Salt Lake City or Park City. These are all possible walks. Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.