Gates of Lodore

In 1869 this stretch of the Green River was among one of the first canyons that John Wesley Powell explored during his historic journey. Marked by the 800-foot granite buttresses at its entrance, the Gates of Lodore section of the Green River is a masterpiece of whitewater and scenic beauty. This is a river expedition unlike any other. For four days and three nights you will glide through spectacular canyons with names like Echo Park and Split Mountain and burst through rapids called Hell’s Half Mile, Disaster Falls, and Triplet. This whitewater voyage will cut through the High Uinta Range, traversing alpine forest and into high desert slick rock over the course of 44 miles. Daily activities include rafting thrilling whitewater, exploring unique side canyons, and viewing ancient native american pictographs. Evenings will be spent on remote beaches, enjoying delicious meals and time spent under the spectacular star-filled Utah sky. This is a memorable trip and one not to be missed!

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Meet your fellow travelers at the Grand Junction Airport to begin our adventure! We’ll board a bus and drive to the Gates of Lodore Campground where we’ll meet the guides and get our first look at the Green River. The Guides will provide a thorough orientation and our first delicious river meal before heading to bed for the evening in preparation for our first day of rafting.
  • Day 2: We’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast then pack our belongings. Once the rafts are loaded we’ll head downstream through the towering ”gates” and into the wilderness of Dinosaur National Park. We’ll make camp on a beach and enjoy our first backcountry campsite.
  • Day 3: After breakfast and packing up our belongings, we’ll continue downstream toward a number of exciting rapids. Triplet and Hell’s Half Mile are some of the day’s whitewater highlights and the scenery is unique and beautiful.
  • Day 4: After all the excitement from the first two days of rafting, Day 4 we’ll descend further into the canyon where we get a break from whitewater and instead focus on the incredible scenery. Entering into Echo Park we’ll pass by the confluence with the Yampa River and float by magnificent sandstone formations. Stops during the day will include the opportunity to enjoy one of the memorable side hikes in this area and view ancient Native American pictographs. We’ll reach camp and spend our last night on the river, dining on another delicious meal and enjoying the star-filled desert sky.
  • Day 5: On our last day the river winds into Split Mountain, an area known for abundant, fast paced rapids. We’ll end the time on the river with a thrill then reach our take out and board the bus for Grand Junction. We recommend participants stay in a motel this night and schedule flights for the following morning.

Trip Details

Trip Start: No 2018 dates scheduled, stay tuned for 2019 dates!

Trip End:

Trip Start/End Location: Grand Junction, Colorado

Trip Cost: 

  • $1095/person*

Sliding scale scholarships are available for people with special needs. Please click here to complete a scholarship application

*people with disabilities that need to bring an attentant may bring that person at no cost. 

Trip Includes: All rafting and camping equipment, professional guides, and delicious meals

Trip Does Not Include: Travel arrangements to/from Grand Junction, Colorado, overnight accomodations in Grand Junction the night after the trip, or gratuity

Accessibility: The nature of this trip allows us to accommodate a wide variety of special needs. Please contact the River Program Manager at or 415-474-7662 ext. 15 for questions about accessibility.

Please note that due to National Park permit regulations only a limited number of participants without special needs may go on this trip. For this reason, parties or individuals with special needs will be booked first, though everyone that's interested is encouraged to contact the River Program Manager as soon as possible. 



To book your trip or ask any questions please contact the River Program Manager at:

Phone: 415-474-7662 ext. 15



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