Gates of Lodore Rafting Trips


Green River Rafting Lodore Canyon – About This Trip


Green River Rafting through Lodore Canyon trips are filled with excitement and beautiful scenery. We will encounter 800-foot canyon walls superbly crafted by Mother Nature of Precambrian Bedrock along with exquisite vermilion rock formations. Many of its exciting whitewater rapids were named by John Wesley Powell, who first discovered the canyon in 1869. Powell’s adventures live on in the whitewater rapids he named: Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls and Hell’s Half Mile. Set aside as an American treasure in 1938 under the National Park System, the Green River through Lodore Canyon is a sanctuary for bighorn sheep, pronghorn and birds of prey.  This trip is a geologists dream with rock layers from 1.1 Billion to 20 Million years old; come time-travel with us on the Green River!

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Trip Overview


Location: Green River -
Dinosaur National Monument
Type: Rafting
Length: 4 Days
Dates: May - September
Meet At: Vernal, UT 7:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 8
Deposit: $300


  • Intimate cliffs cradle you through a geologic time warp
  • Unforgettable class 3&4 rapids
  • Abundant biodiversity in an ecological transition zone
  • Backdoor views of this hidden-gem Monument
  • Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing

Trip Price & Departure Dates


Adult - 1,005
Youth - $885 (18 & under)
Senior - $885 (65 & older)
Group - $855 (10 or more)

*$22 NPS Fees per person.

2019 Trip Dates

May 24
June 1, 5, 22, 29
July 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 29, 23, 25, 26, 30
August 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, 30, 31
September 3, 6, 11, 13

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The Green River cuts like a knife through Lodore Canyon from the top of Dinosaur National Monument through its heart. At the confluence with the Yampa river this trip takes you through Echo Park & Whirlpool Canyon before floating you into Island Park.  Hold on tight for the last 8 miles of whitewater through the center of a mountain before reaching the Split Mountain takeout.



One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary.  It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river.  This typical itinerary illustrates a four-day trip through Lodore Canyon.

Day 1:  Meet your party at our headquarters in Vernal, Utah at 7:00 a.m., Mountain Time. There we 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).  We then take a three-hour scenic van ride to Brown's Park National Wildlife Refuge, the site of the put-in.  Pass through the Gates of Lodore and encounter John Wesley Powell’s notoriously named Disaster Falls.

Day 2:  The "Gates" mark the beginning of High Desert country - the Colorado Plateau – in what is deemed an ecological transition-zone; a landscape teaming with wildlife.  As the canyon narrows, more rapids emerge: Harp Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hell's Half Mile. Hike at Rippling Brook and discover a secluded waterfall.

Day 3:  At the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers at Echo Park, the canyon widens before the river circles Steamboat Rock.  Here the river enters Whirlpool Canyon. The afternoon may be spent at Jones Hole Creek - a blue-ribbon trout stream with side canyon petroglyphs and waterfall.

Day 4:  Peaceful morning in Island and Rainbow Park before entering another massive gorge.  The Green's powerful forces cut laterally through Split Mountain's uplifted and colorful core.  Rapids abound before the take out and a 35-minute ride back to Vernal. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is about 4:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience.  It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do.  Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!


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by Josh Bowers on Holiday River Expeditions

Some links on the website were not responding. For example today, July 3 for the Gates of Lodore trip the “availability” link was down.

We enjoyed having such large dry bags.

The guides were over the top great. My wife and I agreed that while we had many great guides on our seven western river trips that your guides were the best. I had to bring own food because I use a feeding tube connected to my stomach. The guides were wonderful about getting my food out of the cooler when I needed it.

I just made a reservation to do the Gates of Lodore a second time this summer. I never ran a western river twice before in one summer but your guides gave me the confidence I need to go for it twice.

by Jessica Mayotte on Holiday River Expeditions

We had the best trip with Holiday River! Our guides were awesome--really professional, knowledgeable, and just so fun. They were super accommodating of my dietary restrictions and the food was amazing!

by Ruth Campbell on Holiday River Expeditions

Everyone was gracious, helpful and informative. Sleeping bags were comfy, tents incredibly easy to put up - all of the gear was in tip top shape. The guides were consummate professionals. Larkin, Sandy, Tilts, Rolf and Jim were incredibly kind, funny, had great stories to tell and were very solicitous to their guests! This was my fifth trip with Holiday. I went on the Lodore trip forty years ago and had just the same great time. On every trip I've experienced with Holiday I've been served delicious food, been treated solicitously and had great times getting to know other guests and the guides.

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