by Karen Johnson


On our July 17-20, 2014 Green River through Lodore Canyon trip you will have the rare opportunity to raft with and hear from three different voices on the on our National Parks, current issues, historic perspectives and tips on capturing the beauty while out on your own park adventures.

The Present:

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When it was launched in August 2005, National Parks Traveler became the Internet’s very first site dedicated to covering America’s National Park System and the National Park Service on a daily basis. The Traveler offers readers a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to America’s national parks.   Join National Parks Traveler founder and editor-in-chief Kurt Repanshek as he discusses the current issues in our Parks and the challenges they face moving forward.


The Past:

You’ll enjoy nightly campfire conversations headed up by National Park Historian Alfred Runte. He consulted for and appeared on the Ken Burns/Dayton Duncan documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. He will lead campfire discussions about the National Park System.  


From PBS.  Alfred Runte is an author, a noted environmental historian and a political figure from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation;The National Parks: The American Experience; Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness; and several other books. He was born in Binghamton, NY, where he graduated from the State University of New York. He holds an M.A. from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 


Capturing the Beauty:

Patrick ConePark City based photographer Patrick Cone of will also be on the trip to share with you his tips for capturing the natural beauty of the Park. Patrick is a photographer, art director, editor, designer, & writer with 3 decades of experience.

The scenery in this part of Dinosaur National Monument is outstanding. The Green River has cut a cleft in the Uinta Range at the Gates of Lodore. Further downstream is towering Steamboat Rock, and swirling Whirlpool Canyon. We’ll see ancient rock art, be doused by a waterfall, enjoy the perfect swimming hole, and hike to a point hundreds of feet above the Green River. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep, deer, great blue herons, and various raptors.

There are only 10 spots left on this special trip! Book yours now.