Colorado > Green River Rafting through the Gates of Lodore

Green River Rafting through the Gates of Lodore

3, 4 or 5 Days from $699
Trip Highlights
  • Ideal trip for first-time rafters
  • Deep canyons and stunning red rock
  • Prehistoric fossils, ancient American Indian ruins & Wild West hangouts
  • Spectacular side hikes
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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The season runs May - September.

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Departure Dates

3 Days:
May 22; June 12, 27; July 18, 29; August 12

4 Days: May 26, 31; June 4, 10, 14, 19, 23, 26, 30; July 8, 15, 24, 31; August 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 28; September 4, 8

5 Days: May 19, 29; July 4, 10; September 6

Additional dates available on request

Specialty Departures:

4-Day Adult-Only: July 3, 26
4-Day Solo Travelers: September 1

Meeting Place
Hatch / O.A.R.S. Warehouse – 221 North 400 East, Vernal, Utah

3 Days
Adult: $749* to $799
Youth: $699* to $749

4 Days
Adult: $899* to $999
Youth: $799* to $899

5 Days
Adult: $1049* to $1199
Youth: $899* to $1049

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Deposit: $250

Additional Costs: Optional $91 per person transportation package (From Vernal to river and back), $5 NPS fee
Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included

Prices subject to National Park Service Approval

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III7 (12 during high water)
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Green River Rafting in Colorado:
Gates of Lodore - Overview

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Set aside as an American treasure in 1915 under the National Park Service, Dinosaur National Monument is an open-air archive of ancient Native American sites and far-out fossils unearthed by wind, water and time.  Within the monument, the Green River rafting trip winds its way through three distinct canyons: Lodore, Whirlpool and Split Mountain all of which contain geological curiosities and rich human history. Lodore was the first major canyon encountered by John Wesley Powell and his men on their 1869 expedition. At its start, the river twists through a catacomb of scarlet slot canyons, yawning valleys and lush ledges of emerald evergreen and brush. Exploration is the mission of the day as the Green promises dozens of side hikes, relaxing nights on the beach and moderate whitewater perfect for young families and laid-back vacationers.

Green River Rafting: Itinerary at a Glance

  • Scenic ride from Vernal, Utah to Dinosaur National Monument
  • Raft through the towering Gates of Lodore
  • Challenge some of the river’s most exciting and famous rapids like Upper and Lower Disaster Falls
  • Hike up Winnie’s Grotto to beautiful oases and side canyons
  • Sit back and soak in the remote splendor of Lodore – its soaring red rock cliffs sprinkled with deep green junipers and piñon pines
  • Feast on delicious meals, relax on sandy beaches
  • Charge rapids like Harp Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile
  • Hike to Rippling Brook -- the perfect place for a cooling shower
  • View petroglyphs at the confluence with the Yampa River
  • We pick up speed as we enter Split Mountain Canyon and the river’s gradient becomes considerably steeper. Four or five major rapids deliver plenty of whitewater excitement during our last day on the river
  • Shuttle from Split Mountain to Vernal

Authorized Concessioner

O.A.R.S. Canyonlands, Inc. & Don
Hatch River Expeditions, Inc. are
authorized concessioners of Dinosaur
National Monument.
O.A.R.S. is proud to donate 1% of sales from this trip to the National
Park Foundation to help protect our parks and get more kids outside!

Trips will be operated by O.A.R.S. or Don Hatch River Expeditions depending on the launch date.

Trip costs include optional $91/person transportation package (can be deleted if you prefer another option) and National Park Service entrance fee.

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“Thanks to all of you at O.A.R.S. for a spectacular and top-notch river trip! I will enjoy looking back at my pictures and remembering all the wonderful moments my 3 friends and I enjoyed. We get together every so often to go off on a trip, and the ones we have done with O.A.R.S. certainly rate an A+!!”
Patricia Kepner ~Henderson, NV

“The weather was awesome - (hot) and the river was cold - a perfect combination! My kids were thoroughly entertained by the other guests and the river guides. The food was fabulous, hikes were great and helped us work off all the gourmet food. Safety was paramount and the guides were well prepared for all mishaps - including fishing a few of us out of the river after getting thrown out of the duckies in the rapids! My kids skipped stones, fished for minnows and buried each other in the sand. Equipment was top notch too. A fabulous vacation and one we would do again with O.A.R.S...The guides did a great job of making everyone feel that their satisfaction and experience was a top priority. The costume party on the last night was a big hit as well as the ducky slide into the river on night 2...We had such a good time. We encouraged our friends to join us and even though the wife in that couple was leery of camping in the wild with "critters" she had a great time and would do another trip again. The other guests on the trip were great too - there were 7 boys ages 9-13 and they had a ball. This was a great family trip.”
Gail Smith ~ Steamboat Springs, CO

“The guides were excellent. They provided many opportunities to try new things but always with safety oversight. My 9 year old and 12 year old boys had a great time. The guides also had lots of interesting information and stories and they were very fun! The food was excellent with good variety. The equipment was all in good shape and we liked having a variety of rafts (regular, paddle boats, duckies) to use during the trip. That really added an element of variety and interest to the trip. We enjoyed every aspect of the trip.”
Jackie White ~Portage, MI

“The guides are the perfect combination of fun-loving, adventure seeking personalities, coupled with the utmost professionalism. Their concern for safety, their undauntable energy, and their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geological information made the trip an unforgettable experience.”
Dulanie Ellis-LeBarre ~Ojai, CA

“Everything was just great - the food, the guides, and the scenery could not have been better. The "duckies" were a great addition. We really appreciate that, although the group was only 10 guests, we still had four big rafts and four guides. You could have crammed us together but you didn't. Very nice and much better than the other groups we saw on the trip.”
Steve Adams ~Prescott, AZ

“The friendliness, knowledge, and experience of the guides. The blending of the group--especially the kids-- and the side hikes were wonderful. The guides also helped us to feel like we were not in any rush and could stay and enjoy the areas we went to for as long as we wanted.”
Dea Brayden ~Denver, CO

“We most enjoyed the quality of the trip itinerary, the professionalism of the boatmen, and the organization of the daily schedule. The pace was excellent and helped the group build toward harder paddling and longer days. The meals were all excellent - fresh and well prepared. I especially enjoyed that each evening the guides would prepare us for the next day, read stories and poetry and sing. The overall atmosphere had a wonderful balance of relaxation and attention to safety/well-being of the group.”
Susan Yeres ~San Francisco, CA

“All five of our river guides were absolutely wonderful in terms of their skills, their knowledge of the area's history and geography, their patience and care for all of us, their humor, and the incredibly wonderful meals they fixed for us. Our entire group of 15 was delightful. The whole experience was amazing!”
Betty Gurnell ~Chapin, SC

The guides were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, hard working, interested in us as individuals, dealt well with some challenging moments. We especially enjoyed the range of ages among the guides. The Green River was beautiful, the history was interesting. Weather was perfect.
Debbie Bradley ~La Grange, IL

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April 65° 33°
May 76° 41°
June 87° 48°
July 94° 55°
August 92° 53°
September 81° 44°
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May 50°
June 55° - 65°
July 65° - 70°

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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