"First class operation. Beautiful scenery, fun river, great guides, nice camping sites. Would highly recommend this trip. Really appreciated the variety of boats available throughout the trip. The kayaks were great fun. The food was also excellent."
Green River through the Gates of Lodore
3 Days: Adult: $899 | Youth: $824
4 Days: Adult: $1149 | Youth: $1049
5 Days: Adult: $1299 | Youth: $1199
- $15 National Park Service fee
- Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included
Prices subject to National Park Service approval
3 Days: June 13, 28; July 3, 19, 30; August 13
4 Days: May 11, 27; June 1, 5, 11, 15, 20, 24, 27; July 1, 4, 9, 14, 16, 22, 25, 27; August 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29; September 1, 2, 5
5 Days: May 20, 30; July 5, 11; September 7
Adult Only - 4 Days: May 11; July 4, 25
- This trip kicks off with a scenic drive to the put-in above the Gates of Lodore where you'll meet the guides and rafts
- After passing through the towering Gates of Lodore, challenge Disaster Falls among other infamous rapids
- Days will include rafting, side hikes and relaxing on sandy beaches surrounded by the red rock cliffs of Lodore Canyon
- Enjoy delicious and bountiful meals prepared by our talented guides
- Explore petroglyphs in Echo Park at the confluence with the Yampa River
- Meander through the natural beauty of Dinosaur National Monument
- Enter Split Mountain Canyon and ramp up the whitewater excitement on your last day on the river
- Take out at Split Mountain Campground and shuttle back to Vernal
On this exciting Utah rafting adventure which takes you through the "Gates of Lodore," you'll marvel at the high vermilion-colored cliffs contrasted by bright green Box Elder trees along the beaches. Lodge Pole Pine and Douglas Fir are seen on the high ledges and canyon rim. Mountain sheep, deer and other wildlife abound. You can almost hear the whisperings of outlaws, trappers and explorers of bygone days.
There's plenty of excitement, too! Lodore Canyon has rapids with names like Disaster Falls, Hell's Half Mile and Triplet Falls. The average descent on the Green River in this section is one foot per mile above Disaster Falls and the greatest rate of descent is at Hell's Half Mile which is a drop of 30 feet in less than a half mile. The Green River is sustained by the dam at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This maintains the river flow at a navigable level throughout the spring and summer months.
Green River expeditions depart from our warehouse in Vernal, Utah. We transport you to the “Gates of Lodore,” the northernmost border of Dinosaur National Monument. Driving time is approximately 2½ hours.
Upon arrival at the river, you will meet your guides, board the rafts and begin your adventure. There will be time for hiking, exploring, fishing or just relaxing. In the evenings, you can sit around a campfire and listen to the stories of bygone days. At bedtime, the soothing sound of the flowing river gently lulls you to sleep.
Approximately 20 miles from the launch point at the head of Lodore Canyon, the Yampa River joins the Green River at Echo Park, the site of the imposing Steamboat Rock. You’ll continue on the Green River through Whirlpool Canyon and, the last leg of the journey, Split Mountain Canyon with Moonshine, S.O.B., Schoolboy and Inglesby rapids to end your trip on a high note. From this point, you will take a short bus ride back to our warehouse.
The total trip covers approximately 47 miles. On-river itinerary is determined by several factors, including length of trip, group preferences and camp proximity.Book this trip on our secure server
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