LGBTQ Lodore Canyon Rafting Trip

Our LGBTQ Sober Rafting Trip

Holiday isfor the second yearpartnering yet again with The Venture Out Project & inviting folks to join an intentionally sober LGBTQ Lodore Canyon rafting trip. This is one of our three LGBTQ affinity group offerings this year! The Venture Out Project will provide facilitators & Holiday will provide the interpretation, logistics, and just about everything else!  We’ve got you covered. With striking geologic features layered in intimately narrow canyons, the Gates of Lodore river trip along the northern stretches of the Green River offers a nurturing & vibrant backdrop for this sophomore year LGBTQ trip offering.  With delicious meals, class 3-4 whitewater & plenty of time to relax, this 4-day adventure is the perfect length and pace of a trip to disconnect from the “real world” & relax into a deeper sense of yourself and the natural world around you.  

Read more: Insider’s Guide to Rafting the Green River through Lodore Canyon Blog

Vernal, Utah: Things to Do and Places to Explore

*The Lodore LGBTQ canyon rafting trip is a trip intended for adults 18 years & older. If you have any questions regarding this or any of our affinity group trips don’t hesitate to call our administrative office & ask for Lauren!

We acknowledge the Indigenous inhabitants of Lodore. In an effort to end the erasure of the traditional inhabitants of the land through which we travel, Holiday acknowledges that Lodore Canyon is the homeland of the Eastern Shoshone people and the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people. We honor and respect these people, and continue to develop our land acknowledgment initiative. Read more here.
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Trip Overview

  • Type:


  • Location:

    Green River - Dinosaur National Monument

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    August 18-21

  • Meet at:

    Vernal, Utah @ 7:00 pm (night before the trip)

  • Difficulty:


  • Min. Age:


  • Deposit:



  • Intimate canyons lead you through a geologic time warp
  • Thrilling, technical Class III & IV whitewater
  • Fellow sober queer & trans soon-to-be friends
  • Wilderness rafting trip with fully catered amenities
  • Dive into the heart of Dinosaur National Monument
  • Blue-ribbon trout fishing
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Rates & Dates

4 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1,110
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • NA
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1110
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1110
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  • August
  • 18-21

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The Green River slips through the imposing Gates of Lodore, into the heart of Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado. The Green meets the Yampa River at Echo Park, then drops into Whirlpool Canyon and across the state line into Utah. It meanders through the idyllic Island Park, and then ducks into Split Mountain Canyon for eight more miles of rapids before washing up at the Split Mountain boat ramp.


Sample Itinerary

Meet for this affinity trip at our headquarters in Vernal, Utah at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time, the night before your trip. There, Holiday guides will issue your waterproof bags and you can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of items you can find at our store).

Day 1:

Get to know other trip participants on the three-hour drive from Vernal to the put in at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. Pass through the dramatic Gates of Lodore and watch the natural world transform around you. Winnie’s and Disaster Falls are the first major rapids we’ll navigate: a fun taste of what’s to come.

Day 2:

The “Gates” mark the beginning of high desert country—the Colorado Plateau—in what is deemed an ecological transition-zone: a landscape teeming with wildlife. As the canyon narrows, more rapids emerge: Harp Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hell’s Half Mile. Hike at Rippling Brook and discover an intimate grotto waterfall.

Day 3:

Converge at the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers at Echo Park, the canyon widens and the river circles Steamboat Rock. After looping around the ‘boat’s’ nose, the river cuts through the dramatic Mitten Park Fault and enters Whirlpool Canyon. The afternoon may be spent at Jones Hole Creek, a world-class trout hot-spot with side canyon petroglyphs and waterfalls.

Day 4:

Catch a few more rapids as you exit Whirlpool then enjoy a peaceful morning in Island and Rainbow parks before entering another massive gorge. The river’s powerful forces cut laterally through Split Mountain’s uplifted and colorful core. Run Moonshine, S.O.B., Schoolboy, and Inglesby rapids and slide into the take out at approximately 2:00 p.m. Our expected return to our headquarters is about 4:00 p.m.

Please remember, that this is a sample itinerary and may not be the exact trip you’ll experience. Lodore Canyon offers many options and each trip may feature different highlights. This is just one possible itinerary. Keep an open mind, go with the flow, and enjoy!

Split Mountain Lodore Trip

One of the best parts of a river trip is its flexibility. Weather, assigned campsites, river conditions, and countless other variables mean that every trip is different. This sample itinerary illustrates one possible four-day trip through Lodore Canyon.


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