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The Green River - Lodore Canyon

A serene & colorful family vacation.

For right-brained people

Hiking above the Green River in Dinosaur National MonumentThe Green River is not only green, it is olive and moss and ochre and crimson and terra cotta and cinnamon and chestnut and aqua and azure. It is Sage Creek and Red Wash and Rainbow Park. It is red cedars, yellow marmots and blue herons. It is a veritable Sherwin-Williams catalog of indescribable beauty. Each mile brings a new vista: sheer rust-red blocks of Uintah Quartzite, (oops, got a little left-brained there, sorry), wide wedding-cake tiers of creamy Weber Sandstone, or jumbled hillsides of juniper and spruce. There are numerous side canyons, grottoes and waterfalls to explore, lots of wildlife to see, and big beaches to enjoy. There are places to swim, places to daydream and places to play. There are fun rapids with inflated names like Disaster Falls and Hell’s Half Mile to make things exciting and there are stretches of peaceful flatwater to make things relaxing. And everything is within Dinosaur National Monument so the area is pristine and protected and peaceful.



"We had a big rain storm the first night. Your guides made sure everyone was tucked in their tents and then they served us brownies!"

Joan Roemer

For left-brained people:

  • Lodore Canyon in one word:
  • Jaw-dropping
  • In another word:
  • Tranquil
  • Best known for:
  • Geology
  • No other trip has:
  • More dramatic scenery
  • Expect to:
  • Grow closer
  • You can also:
  • Touch a dinosaur bone
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Hell's Half Mile
  • Types of boats:
  • Oar, paddle & inflatable kayak
  • Meeting Place:
  • Vernal, UT
  • Length in days: 4
  • Length in miles: 44
  • Overall difficulty: III
  • Highest difficulty: III+ (1)
  • Rapids per day: ~ 5
  • Gradient: 13 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer3 stars
  • Scenery:spacer5+ stars
  • Wilderness: 4 1/2 stars
  • Swimming:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Hiking:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Campsites:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Wildlife:spacer4 stars
  • Fishing:spacer1 star

    Common Merganser with baby

    Common Merganser -
    (Mergus merganser) – Our range overlaps with theirs, so we see these edgy river-mates on all our trips: males and females together in the spring, then single-moms (with understandably frenzied mohawks of russet-colored crest feathers) tending to broods of curious chicks by mid-summer. At season’s end, the young ones have grown to full size and are seen off on their own; inspiring some of us, worrying others.