Green River Rafting Trip with Spencer and Friends

Spencer Torman Music friendsJoin us this summer for an extra-special Green River rafting trip with Spencer and Friends!

Combine your love for Lodore Canyon with your appreciation for local folk music and indie rock. Spencer and Friends have been playing together for almost 15 years. Although school, work, and life have called Spencer, Nik, and Landon in different directions since they got their start playing Guns N’ Roses covers in their parents’ basements, this summer, they’re getting the band back together. And they’re bringing it on the river.

Live, acoustic music is a natural complement to a river trip. Guitar harmonies flow in tune with the water and the canyon walls. Spend four days stretched out on white sand beaches under Lodore’s magnificent red walls. Tap your toes while Spencer and Friends weave their unique sound into the landscape. Spencer’s love for electronic music melds with Landon and Nik’s laid back, alternative and classic rock styles. With acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass, and a guitar-ukulele, they’ll craft the soundtrack for the trip.

In true Holiday go-with-the-flow style, the musicians will time their performances to fit the overall vibe of the group, the canyon, and the river. Each day may include breakfast jamming, a campfire concert, or a session at some of our hiking destinations. This trip will also hit the high notes of any Lodore Canyon expedition: varied geology, consistent whitewater (including the infamous Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile), and magical side hikes. And, of course, our incomparable guides will take care of all the cooking, camp chores, and rowing! We’re especially excited about this one—Spencer Torman is one of Holiday’s own guides. We can’t wait to see him bring together his dual passions for music and the river.

Listen to Spencer’s newly released single, “RIP Glen”, and learn more about the trio here.

Never been on a Lodore trip? Check out the Insider’s Guide to Rafting Lodore Canyon.

Vernal, Utah: Things to Do and Places to Explore

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Music

  • Location:

    Lodore Canyon - Dinosaur National Monument

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    August 25–28, 2022

  • Meet at:

    Vernal, UT @ 7:00 am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    8

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Enjoy informal concerts from gifted local musicians
  • 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:
  • $1175
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1175
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1175
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1175
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2022
  • August 25–28

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

The night before your trip:

Meet at our headquarters in Vernal, Utah at 7:00 p.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), and drop off any personal drinks or ask last-minute questions.

Day 1:

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 short 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 guitar-strumming 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 entire Green River, in 1869. We may spend the afternoon hiking to a secret waterfall or to a spectacular overlook, or just hanging 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, sit back and relax listening to Spencer, Landon, and Nik play indie folk tunes!

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!

Lodore Canyon Scenery Boats Whitewater

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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