Lodore Canyon

WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE

MODERATE WHITEWATER

For extra thrills, grab a paddle and run some of the easy to moderate rapids in an inflatable kayak or paddleboat.

TIME TO EXPLORE

Enjoy numerous side canyon hikes up to waterfalls, trout streams, and Native American ruins.

CHANGING SCENERY

Along your journey, you will pass through an ever changing landscape of red rocks, deep canyons, desert, and riparian habitats – making this a dynamic expedition.

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT

Pass through an area that once contained more than half of all dinosaur species that lived in North America, now a pristine open-air archive of Native American pictographs and dinosaur fossils.

ABUNDANT WILDLIFE

Keep an eye out for herons, geese, eagles, osprey, river otters, bighorn sheep, and more as you float past beautiful riparian habitat.

GREAT GUIDES

Accomplished, educated guides share their knowledge of Desolation Canyon, amplifying the quality of your experience.

LODORE CANYON

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This river trip begins with transportation from Vernal, Utah to Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge. Your journey on the river begins in dramatic fashion as you pass through the Gates of Lodore, two 800-foot buttresses that mark entry into the high desert. From there, you will travel 45 miles through the canyons of Lodore, Whirlpool and Split Mountain. You will wind through Dinosaur National Monument, a pristine river area with intriguing geological formations at nearly every bend of the river and sightings of fossils and ancient dinosaur remains. By the end of the trip you will have followed in the steps of early explorers and earned bragging rights having run fun rapids with names like Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile.

This is not a tour; it’s an expedition!

A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no set daily itinerary, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and beautiful canyon scenery.

Adventure Specialists

We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.

Beginnings

All trips begin in Vernal, UT where the outfitter will provide transportation to the put-in site, Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge.

Endings

All trips end 45 miles downstream where your outfitter will provide you with transportation back to Vernal, UT.

Price Includes

Most outfitters will provide all the camping and river related safety equipment, along with plenty of fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. However there are some outfitters that will ask you to supply your own camping and sleep gear. Typically these outfitters will also have an option to rent a camp/sleep kit for an additional cost. Transportation to the put-in point and take-out point from/to your start city is included.

Weather

May has cooler temperatures with highs averaging high 73°F and lows 50°F, which require extra layers. June through August is the warmest time to raft this area of Utah with highs around 90°F and lows around 50°F. As the rafting season winds down in September you can expect cooler weather, with highs averaging 77°F and lows averaging 43°F.

The Green River

Travel along the chief tributary of the Colorado River through Lodore Canyon, the first major canyon encountered by John Wesley Powell on his 1869 expedition. The Green River is only slightly smaller than the Colorado River and contains numerous Class III rapids for a slightly technical rafting trip, while remaining very accessible to beginners and more adventurous families. The water temperature on this part of the river is chilly, which offers relief on warm summer days.

Boats & Group Size

Your main form of transport will be an oar raft, but paddleboats and inflatable kayaks are also available for those who wish for a more interactive experience. Oar powered rafts are 16 or 18 feet long and carry four to five guests plus the guide, who maneuvers the raft with a set of oars mounted on the raft. Normally three to four boats travel together and group sizes can vary from 10 to a maximum of 25 guests. Paddleboats are 18 feet long inflatable rubber rafts. They carry six to eight people, and each person is responsible for paddling as a guide calls out the paddling commands. Paddleboats are a team effort boat and offer riders an intimate encounter with the river. When water levels are suitable, two-person kayaks let you challenge the rapids on your own terms.

Camp Life

Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time under the stars, our outfitters are specialists in facilitating an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience. Most outfitters provide a full sleep kit with a tent, sleeping bag, and inflated sleeping pad. Some outfitters will request that you bring your own sleep kit and camp equipment, or will have a package that you can rent for an additional cost. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. A clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.

Meals

One thing is certain on a Lodore rafting trip: There will be plenty of food! A full, hearty breakfast with cowboy coffee gets the day going. A riverside picnic sets the scene for lunch where you create your own sandwich. Dinners can be anything from a New York steak, grilled filet of salmon, or a Mexican feast followed by a hot, Dutch oven dessert. There are plenty of snacks and beverages offered throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but you are welcome to bring your own. With advance notice, all outfitters are able to accommodate for special dietary requirements.

QUICK FACTS

Length: 3 – 5 days
Price: $740 – $1,223 per person
(Other taxes & fees may apply)
Season: May – September
Min. Age: 8 years during Low Water Levels; 10 years during High Water Levels
Activity: Whitewater Rafting
Adventure Level: Strong

Overview of Lodore Canyon