Mother Nature’s Gym: Lodore Canyon River Retreat

Mother Nature’s Gym River Retreat—Reclaim, Relax, and Restore!

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We are excited to partner with the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and WebbWell for a five-day restorative river adventure through Dinosaur National Monument. You’ll join outdoor fitness guide and author Melanie Webb as she guides you to move your body in a way that prepares your mind to have a restorative experience in Mother Nature. And what better place to reclaim your instinctive humanity, relax and unwind your mind, and reconnect with nature than in Lodore Canyon on the Green River? Melanie will lead you in beachfront body-weight movement and mind-body sessions during this 5-day float. Think storytelling, yoga, exercise, and connective mindfulness activities in a gorgeous canyon with great food and new friends!

This is also a fundraiser trip. A portion of your cost supports Great Old Broads for Wilderness and their tireless work to engage people all over the country to work together for wilderness and public lands protections.

All fitness levels are welcome.

Let Melanie share her simple, life-transforming method of making Mother Nature a partner in your ever-changing wellness journey.

Melanie Webb is the Founder & Director of Sol Fitness AdventuresMelanie has spent her varied career working at the intersections where health and wellness meet the outdoors. As a wildlife biologist, she performed distribution and monitoring surveys of sensitive and endangered native aquatic species in southern Utah. She’s also represented the largest independently owned outdoor clothing brand in the fight to protect Bears Ears National Monument. Melanie has been named to multiple “top ten” lists in the fitness and adventure travel industries. And, most recently, she launched her own app, “WebbWell,” to make her Body+Mind+Nature tools accessible to more people. Her book, Mother Nature’s Gym, is approved for 1.3 continuing education credits from the American Council on Exercise. Visit her website and download the WebbWell app from your favorite app store.

 

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Great Old Broads for Wilderness gives voice to the millions of Americans who want to protect their public lands for future generations. Founded in 1989, they are one of the few public land conservation organizations led by women.

With more than 8,500 members and supporters across the nation, they emphasize local grassroots action. They value and promote women’s leadership and experience and have fun doing serious work.

 

Want to learn more about Lodore? Read our Insider’s Guide.

Vernal, Utah: Things to Do and Places to Explore

Featured Review:

“The trip exceeded all expectations! The guides were consummate professionals. The addition of Melanie Webb, the fitness expert, added an interesting dimension to the trip. Given the small size of the group, it probably made the addition more valuable.” Julie Decker

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Women's

  • Location:

    Lodore Canyon - Dinosaur National Monument

  • Length:

    5 Days

  • Dates:

    Sept 9-13, 2022

  • Meet at:

    Vernal, UT @ 7:00 pm (night before the trip)

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    14

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Professional guides row the rafts and take care of all the "work"
  • Beachfront body-weight workout sessions and mindfulness activities
  • Incredible canyon scenery and white beaches
  • Hiking, Class III and IV rapids, and more
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Rates & Dates

5 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1,570
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1,570
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1,570
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1,570
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2022
  • Sept 9-13
  • This trip is FULL - email Karen to be added to the waitlist!

Itinerary

The Green River slides into Lodore Canyon at “The Gates,” just south of Browns Park in northwestern Colorado. Float through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument to the confluence with the Yampa River, then into Echo Park and Whirlpool Canyon. Cross into Utah and through the cottonwood groves of Island Park. Finally, the river carves its way into Split Mountain for last eight miles of whitewater before reaching the take out near Vernal, Utah.

Sample Itinerary

We’ll meet you at our boathouse in Vernal, Utah, at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time, the night before your trip for a pre-trip orientation meeting. This is where we’ll pass out waterproof bags and show you how to pack them. We’ll also collect any personal beverages you’d like to bring on the trip. And you’ll have time to shop for last-minute items from our store (be sure to see our packing checklist for items we carry) and ask any last-minute questions.

Day 1:

Meet us back at the boathouse bright and early the next morning for a three-hour ride into northwestern Colorado. Sagebrush, mountains, and the occasional pronghorn dominate the landscape. Our trip starts just south of Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge at the base of the “Gates of Lodore,” imposing red cliffs that look like something from Lord of the Rings. After a quick orientation, we’ll float downstream to lunch, our first rapids, and then to camp. Settle in for our first night within Lodore’s vermilion cliffs with a gentle sunset yoga session.

Day 2:

We’ll start slow this morning. First, coffee and tea, then perhaps a body-weight work out before breakfast. Watch the sun slowly descend the walls. When it hits the water, we’ll make our way downstream through some of the biggest rapids of the trip: Triplet Falls and Hells Half Mile. Spend the afternoon swimming or relaxing at camp and go on an afternoon hike to a delicate waterfall to work up an appetite for a gourmet, riverside dinner.

Day 3:

Today we leave Lodore Canyon and meet up with the Yampa River in Echo Park. Take a hike to a 1,000-year-old rock art panel and visit the Whispering Cave. Hop in an inflatable kayak after lunch and splash through the small, fun rapids of Whirlpool Canyon. Tonight we might camp right on the Colorado-Utah state line.

Day 4:

Start your day with some yoga and a mindfulness activity, then load up on pancakes and other breakfast treats before the day’s main event: hiking at Jones Hole. The five-mile round-trip hike follows a crystalline creek to secret waterholes, waterfalls, and Fremont pictographs. Hike as long or as short as you want. We’ll regroup at the rafts and float another mile to our camp for the night.

Day 5:

Enjoy one last cup of coffee by the river’s edge. A few more rapids stud the last miles of Whirlpool Canyon before we exit into Island Park. We may do a silent float while scanning for eagles and the rare moose in this calm section of river. After meandering through the islands, we’ll pause for lunch, then gear up for eight more miles of whitewater fun in Split Mountain. This steep, splashy section of river is a great finale for five days well spent! Eventually, we’ll pull up at the boat ramp, put the boats on trailers, and then hop in the vans for the 35-minute ride back to Vernal. We aim to return to our warehouse at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Don’t forget that this is a sample itinerary! Your Lodore trip may include all of these activities, or it may include other exciting, interesting places and encounters. This is just an example to whet your appetite. We hope you’ll trust us that no matter the itinerary, your trip will be unforgettable. So join us, and “Go With the Flow!”

women's river & yoga trip

All of our trips are unique, and the itineraries are subject to group interests, weather, and the campsites we are assigned. This itinerary represents just one possible format for a 5-day trip through Lodore Canyon.

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