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“A little bit boring for rapids!”

Dinosaur River Expeditions
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Vernal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Dinosaur River Expeditions has been a leader in white water rafting trips since 1979. We are proud to be the only locally owned and operated outfitter in Vernal, Utah. We offer RIVER RAFTING adventures on premier COLORADO RIVERS and UTAH RIVERS.The trips we offer are on the GREEN RIVER through the Gates of Lodore Canyon and the YAMPA RIVER. The one day river rafting trip is in the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area. Our WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING trips are all inclusive, we provide the necessary safety gear, guides, transportation do all of the cooking and give you an all around excellent trip. If you are looking for an incredible raft trip in Dinosaur National Monument we are your outfitter.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Friends and I booked this trip. We were given little information about what to bring and wear, when we tried to contact the company the morning of our trip we could not get through.

Upon arrival we had to pay the remainder of our trip cost (less $25 deposits) and the company didn't have change for those of us that paid cash! Then we were told we should have brought water and sent to a gas station across the street, we did not end up needing this water. Some people brought their own coolers and the company put them on the rafts for them.

Once at the location and all checked in and waivers signed, there is a 30+ minute drive to the put-in location. On the way there the guides give you lots of information about local hiking areas and attractions. Once at the put in location that is your last chance to use the bathrooms! This led to me not drinking any water during our lunch stop. The lunch is very rustic, but lots is provided (except for seats!).

After lunch, the trip goes very quickly and before you know it you are done! But luckily, there are bathrooms at this area. If you are considering booking the easy rapids, don't, it is hardly rapids at all. Being in the kayaks makes it slightly more fun, but I would suggest just booking the next up trip. Dry bags are available to store your valuables, although you really don't need to bring anything other than a waterproof camera. Life vests are provided, and a safety talk is given. Helmets were not provided (or needed) on our trip.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

I don't know where to even begin. It was absolutely fabulous. The BEST guides ever (they were absolutely amazing), scenery that was breathtaking, hikes that were great, food that was awesome, and rapids that were wonderful. We'll definitely do it again. This company was very professional, making sure everyone was safe and having a great time. This is a fantastic vacation for a family, couple or single. Would like to do another trip this year, but for sure next year. Jerri Kay

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

I took a four day trip through Gates of Lodore. The crew was very professional and experienced. They made the trip a lot of fun. Good knowledge of the local geology made the flat water sections more interesting. All of the guides knew the river well. They were always on top any situation.

Thank Andrew L
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

Dinosaur River Expeditions did a fantastic job thrilling, feeding, guiding and educating us about the geology of the areas we rafted. We hiked and saw petroglyphs, beautiful falls and interesting caves as well. We marveled at the organization and hard work our guides performed to make it a very enjoyable and safe vacation.
We rented one of their tents and it was very easy to pitch for any age. Guides were always willing to help us with anything. Our highlights were the white water, scenery and meeting new people. We will plan to raft all their destinations.
Kent and Jill

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Dinosaur River Expeditions created the most amazing family vacation!!! We all loved every bit of the adventure. The guides were absolutely amazing, fun and professional. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. We will definitely be back!!! I highly recommend this company if you are considering doing a river trip.

Thank SSVleet12
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