Green River Rafting through the Gates of Lodore

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Vernal, Utah

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Vernal, Utah

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Scenic ride from Vernal, Utah to Dinosaur National Monument. Raft through the towering Gates of Lodore!

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Set aside as an American treasure in 1915 under the National Park Service, Dinosaur National Monument is an open-air archive of ancient Native American sites and far-out fossils unearthed by wind, water and time. Within the monument, our Green River rafting trip winds its way through three distinct canyons: Lodore, Whirlpool and Split Mountain all of which contain geological curiosities and rich human history. Lodore was the first major canyon encountered by John Wesley Powell and his men on their 1869 expedition. At its start, the river twists through a catacomb of scarlet slot canyons, yawning valleys and lush ledges of emerald evergreen and brush. Exploration is the mission of the day as the Green promises numerous side hikes, relaxing nights on the beach and moderate whitewater perfect for young families and laid-back vacationers.

  • Ideal trip for families & first-time rafters
  • Numerous Class II-III rapids perfect for inflatable kayaking
  • Deep canyons and stunning red rock scenery
  • Prehistoric fossils, ancient American Indian ruins & Wild West hangouts
  • Spectacular side hikes

Challenge some of the river's most exciting and famous rapids like Upper and Lower Disaster Falls. Hike up Winnie's Grotto to beautiful oases and side canyons. Sit back and soak in the remote splendor of Lodore Canyon its soaring red rock cliffs sprinkled with deep green junipers and Pinon pines. Feast on delicious meals, relax on sandy beaches. Charge rapids like Harp Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile. Hike to Rippling Brook - the perfect place for a cooling shower. View petroglyphs at the confluence with the Yampa River. We pick up speed as we enter Split Mountain Canyon and the river's gradient becomes considerably steeper. Four or five major rapids deliver plenty of whitewater excitement during our last day on the river. Shuttle from Split Mountain to Vernal.

May - September


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