Green River – Lodore Canyon

Section of river: Green River,Lodore Canyon
Difficulty: Class 3-4
Length: 4 days
Season: May – September
Best rapids: Upper and Lower Disaster Falls, Harp Falls, Triplet Falls, Hell’s Half Mile

20_holidayexpeditionsWithin Dinosaur National Monument, the Green River winds its way through three distinct canyons: Lodore, with its red rock walls and famous trio of rapids, Whirlpool which features Jones Hole Creek and echoing cliffs, and Split Mountain which contains geological curiosities and exciting whitewater.

Lodore was the first major canyon encountered by John Wesley Powell and his men on their 1869 expedition. Powell’s adventures live on in the rapids he named: Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls and Hells Half Mile.

ldscenicThe Green is a wonderful introduction to the special world of desert rivers. Lodore Canyon rafting trips travel 44 miles through the dramatic sandstone cliffs and enchanting canyons of the imposing Unita Mountains in Colorado and Utah.

Set aside as an American treasure in 1938 under the National Park system, this canyon is a sanctuary for bighorn sheep, deer and other wildlife.

The region has quite a history, and it shares it delicately through geologic wonders, sublime rock forms, mysterious fossils and fleeting remnants of Native American pictographs and petroglyphs. The trip features abundant wildlife, beautiful side hikes, and several thrilling rapids for all members of the family.