Green River Rafting Trip with Ben Weiss and Friends

Pixie & The Partygrass Boys

Image from Ben’s full 5 piece band line-up

Green River Rafting Trip with Ben Weiss and Friends.

For this trip, you’ll want to pack your sandals AND your dancing shoes! Ben Weiss & Friends, a seriously talented Salt Lake City based local ensemble, is joining us for a special music-themed river trip through Lodore Canyon. We’re going to paint the upper Green River blue with Weiss’s and friends’ energetic, Americana sound.  Think a little bluegrass, a little rock, some pop and punk, and a little something else that’s all their own. Lodore’s magnificent canyon walls and white beaches often inspire a sense of quiet awe and a desire to move softly through the landscape—but sometimes they make us want to move, to sing and celebrate, and that’s what this trip is about.

“Inspired by landscapes from coast to coast, the group combines classical training with jazz, Broadway, pop-punk, and an unabashed love for having a damn good time.” With mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, ukulele, and guitar, the five ensemble members will create the soundtrack for the trip. In true Holiday go-with-the-flow style, the musicians will time their performances to the overall vibes of the group, the canyon, and the river itself. Each day may include breakfast harmonizing, some campfire concerts, a little flat-water jamming while on the rafts, and, if the inspiration strikes, perhaps a short session at some of our hiking destinations.

This trip will also hit all the high notes of any Lodore Canyon expedition: varied geology and incredible, colorful canyon walls; fun, consistent whitewater, including the infamous Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile; magical side hikes to waterfalls, overlooks, and ancient rock art; and, of course, our incomparable guides will take care of all the cooking, camp chores, and rowing. Get your toe-tapping muscles ready. This one’s going to be good.

Listen to some of Ben’s Weiss & Friends sound Here! 

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Specialty

  • Location:

    Lodore Canyon - Dinosaur National Monument

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    August 24–27, 2021

  • Meet at:

    Vernal, UT @ 7:00 am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    8

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Enjoy informal concerts from musicians who know how to party!
  • Rapids every day, including the infamous Hells Half Mile
  • Opportunities to paddle inflatable kayaks
  • Mind-blowing geology and incredible canyon walls
  • Camp along the river while professional guides take care of all the work
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Rates & Dates

4 Days

  • Adult:
  • $1160
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1160
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1160
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1160
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2021
  • August 24–27

Itinerary

The upper Green River flows quietly beneath the natural rock “gates” of Lodore Canyon in northwestern Colorado, but it soon picks up the pace as it drops 14 feet per mile to its confluence with the Yampa River in the iconic Echo Park. It continues into Whirlpool Canyon, across the Colorado-Utah state line, and through a series of dramatic geological shifts. The trip’s grand finale is Split Mountain Canyon with eight more miles of rapids. Our take out point is the Split Mountain boat ramp, 44 miles from where we started.

 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet at our headquarters in Vernal, Utah at 7:00 a.m., Mountain Time. Pick up your dry bags and any last minute items from our store (see our packing checklist for a list of items we typically have on hand), pack your gear, and let’s go! Our put in is in Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, just upstream of the imposing canyon entrance. We’ll get you outfitted with your personal flotation devices and run through a little orientation before pushing off. The whitewater starts small at first, but we’ll run Winnie’s Rapid and Disaster Falls before reaching our camp—and convert venue—for the night.

Day 2:

Listen to some light mandolin-picking as the day starts. Watch the light slowly dance its way down the thousand-foot canyon walls and enjoy a breakfast of eggs to order and fresh-baked muffins. Today we’ll run two of the biggest rapids of the trip: Triplet Falls and Hells Half Mile, both named by John Wesley Powell, who was the first person of European descent to run the Green River, in 1869. We may spend the afternoon hiking to a secret waterfall or to a spectacular overlook, or just relaxing on the beach listening to the band jam.

Day 3:

Today we’ll float past the confluence with the Yampa River, the last river in the Colorado River system that isn’t regulated by a dam. Swim through the calm water of Echo Park below the confluence, then climb back in the rafts for a splashy entrance to Whirlpool Canyon. For our last night together, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a riverside party that only the Partygrass Boys know how to throw!

Day 4:

Greasy Pliers Rapid is a fun way to start the day. Most of the morning will include calm water as we float through Island and Rainbow parks. We’ll eat lunch within the entrance of Split Mountain, a massive, colorful gorge cut by the Green River’s powerful forces over time. There are several great rapids in Split Mountain: Moonshine, S.O.B., Schoolboy, and Inglesby make for a great, refreshing finish. We generally aim to be at the take out around 2:00 p.m. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Don’t forget: this is a sample itinerary. Lodore Canyon offers a wealth of ways to spend each day, and every trip is different. We encourage you to go with the flow and to embrace each day as a different adventure!

Any trip into the wilderness—including a river trip—will be changeable by nature. There are countless variables that could impact the itinerary of a trip, including weather, group interests, assigned campsites, and river conditions. This sample itinerary illustrates one possible four-day trip through Lodore Canyon.

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