If you ever wanted to wake up with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or perhaps even chai along the Green River as the sun glints off the cliffs of Dinosaur National Monument, or enjoy dinner along the Colorado River as it roars through Canyonlands National Park, you can do it this summer at a discount if you act soon.
Through March 4 the folks at Holiday River Expeditions are offering discounts of up to $200 off certain trips through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur and Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands. The deal, off adult rates, is good for four-, five-, and six-day river trips.
While these family friendly trips offer plenty of rapids for aspiring whitewater cowboys, there also are somewhat mellow stretches for taking paddle in hand yourself in a "rubber ducky" -- inflatable kayaks -- to enjoy the river on an even more personal level.
The Lodore trip covers 44 miles through the first major canyon that Major John Wesley Powell and his men encountered during their 1869 expedition that led them into the Grand Canyon. Traces of that trip can be found in some of the rapids the major named, rapids such as Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile.
The float trip begins at the "Gates of Lodore," two 800-foot rock monoliths that mark the beginning of a series of canyons, and ends at Rainbow Park, where the river cuts into Split Mountain Gorge.
The Cataract trip runs through one of the most heralded stretches of the Colorado River through Canyonlands. This stretch is made so exciting by the greatest drop in river elevation anywhere on the Colorado -- 30 feet in less than one mile. The result is a series of 23 major rapids sure to please.
The trip also offers chances to visit hidden grottos, waterfalls and even Anasazi ruins.
For more details on the trips, or to book a spot, visit Holiday River Expeditions.