Gates of Lodore Rafting Trips


Gates of Lodore Canyon Rafting – About This Trip


Rafting trips through the Gates of Lodore Canyon 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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Camping on the Green River in Lodore Canyon

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


4 Day Trip

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

*$27 NPS Fees per person.

2019 Trip Dates

May 24
June 1, 5, 12, 22, 29
July 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
August 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 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 while rafting 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 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 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, where your Lodore Canyon rafting adventure will come to an end. 

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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 132 reviews
by Norman Estin on Holiday River Expeditions

Best trip ever! Perfect balance between quiet water, rapids, hikes, and lazy campsites. The guides were all friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. A great experience for all 11 of us; can’t wait for the next one!

by Eric Larsson on Holiday River Expeditions

There was general agreement from our group of New Englanders that it would be worth using real maple syrup.

Another excellent trip (our fourth with Holiday). Although we might have had individual guides in the past that I liked better, this was the best guide team of all. We invited a friend of my daughter to join us. She had limited camping experience and had never been on a river trip, but I had complete confidence in the trip leader and guides and it was not misplaced. She had an excellent time and went home hoping to persuade her own family to book their own trip.

by Nancy Jarvis on Holiday River Expeditions

Yampa got cancelled which was very sad, but we were able to switch to Lodore. It was so beautiful.

Food: Could have more nutritious snacks when we hit camp. we ran out of chips with a big bowl of guac. I think you should have chips and salsa out every day when you get to camp. Or salted peanuts. Then more special snacks/hor dourves an hour or so later.

My experience was magnificent on the river. We had 3 boats/guides: T- Burd, Chet, Tess,

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