The Gates of Lodore emerge from the Earth in dramatic fashion about 50 miles downstream of the Flaming Gorge Dam and serve as the entrance to one of the most beautiful canyons on the Green River. Steep red walls dotted with green pines and tall firs envelope you as you float through riffles and waves, clear water splashing over the sides of your boat. The river winds and weaves its way around large red boulders, past beautiful sandy beaches, and through some of the most fun rapids of the West. Bighorn sheep, black bear, osprey, eagles, and other wildlife find the lushness and vibrancy of Lodore to be an ideal home.
Deep in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah, Lodore Canyon rafting trips are great for families and first-time river runners. It’s an especially relaxing trip, with easy days on the water and plenty of time for hiking as well as playing and relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach camps. The hikes here are accessible to most and rewarding to all. Spend time reconnecting with your friends and family, or make new friends!
The only thing that could make a trip like this even better would be if the canyon were turned into an amphitheater by a band of professional musicians for a concert just for you. Fortunately, we are able to make that dream a reality! This year, we will be having musical guests The Pickpockets accompany us on a four day Gates of Lodore trip, July 30 – August 2. The Pickpockets are a group of supremely talented musicians who bring their fun energy, earnest hearts, and engaging soulfulness to the tradition of bluegrass. We can’t contain our excitement to share the river with these guys, and hope you can join us as we float, dance, and celebrate life with some great live music in a truly amazing place!
The Pickpockets were formed in 2018 in Salt Lake City. What began as a weekly jam at the local cidery has now matured into a full fledged force of nature. With an expansive repertoire of songs, a healthy mix of heartfelt original tunes and a full serving of funky jams, the Pickpockets energy and excitement breathe new life into the traditional bluegrass instrumentation.