Whitewater Rafting Tour Explores Historic Waters of the Green River

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Adrift Adventures and History Colorado again partner for a sold-out Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting trip on the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument. Adrift Adventures, a wilderness whitewater rafting company headquartered in central Colorado and authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, has teamed up with History Colorado for the second year to offer Historical Society members an exclusive four-day whitewater rafting tour on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument set to launch August 9, 2012.

Gates of Lodore Green River Rafting Trip

Gates of Lodore Green River Rafting Trip

“Our goal with these types of adventures is to deepen participants’ appreciation about Colorado history, archaeology and historic preservation in a unique and active way,” said Shawn Snow, History Colorado’s public programs coordinator.

Adrift Adventures, a wilderness whitewater rafting company headquartered in central Colorado and authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, has teamed up with History Colorado for the second year to offer Historical Society members an exclusive four-day whitewater rafting tour on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument set to launch August 9, 2012.

Dr. Andrew Gulliford, a professor of southwest studies and history at Fort Lewis College, will donate his interpretive services as he did for a similar trip on the Yampa River in 2011.

“It is great to partner with History Colorado for this unique wilderness river trip,” Gulliford said. “I have been involved with interpretive programs in and around Dinosaur National Monument for twenty-one years and I still love it. The geology is spectacular and it has such a unique history that includes Native Americans, cowboys, outlaws and John Wesley Powell.”

The multi-day rafting trip is sold out and capped at 25 participants including Gulliford, who will provide expert interpretation throughout the tour. It was open to the public with a special rate for History Colorado members: $680 for adult members, $750 for adult non-members and $250 for children between six and 12 years old. Similar prices are available on other Green River rafting trips. Contact Adrift Adventures directly to learn more about these unique vacation opportunities.

“Our goal with these types of adventures is to deepen participants’ appreciation about Colorado history, archaeology and historic preservation in a unique and active way,” said Shawn Snow, History Colorado’s public programs coordinator.

The 44-mile Green River rafting trip will launch on August 9, 2012 at Gates of Lodore in northwest Colorado and end August 12, 2012 at Split Mountain Campground in northeast Utah.

According to Snow a portion of the proceeds from the trip will be donated to History Colorado’s educational programs for children and adults.

“We are excited to again partner with Adrift Adventures and Dr. Gulliford to offer this fun and educational experience through Dinosaur National Monument and we appreciate their support of History Colorado’s educational programs.” Snow said. “We are thrilled that the event sold out and are exploring the idea of opening another launch date for the 2013 season.”

According to Eileen Peterson, general manager at Adrift Adventures, other groups have the opportunity to set up a fundraiser like this one, but there are only a couple of dates left to choose from 2012 rafting season.

“We are always open to new partnerships for these unique fundraising events,” Peterson said. “We have worked with a number of organizations including Rocky Mountain PBS, Sierra Club and Colorado State University and every event has more demand than supply.”

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most pristine areas in the nation. Intermediate Class III and IV rapids are encountered on the Green River, but no prior rafting experience is necessary. Camps are remote and accessible only by watercraft. All Adrift Adventures whitewater rafting trips are professionally guided, all-inclusive and self-contained with a full kitchen, several hand washing stations and portable toilets.

All multi-day rafting trips meet at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the launch date at the Adrift Adventures Rafting Center – located on US Hwy 40 just outside the Dinosaur National Monument entrance. Advanced reservations are mandatory. Adrift Adventures operates as an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service near the confluence of the Green River and Yampa River in northeast Utah and offers one-day rafting trips through Split Mountain Gorge (class III), four-day rafting expeditions through Gates of Lodore on the Green River, and five-day rafting vacations on the Yampa River. Visit http://www.whitewater.net/utah-river-rafting or call 1-800-723-8987 to learn more about this unique adventure in Dinosaur National Monument.

Dinosaur Quarry Now Open:
After being closed the past five years for structural repairs, the famous Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument is now 100 percent open. The museum features 1,500 dinosaur bones in an exposed cliff and other exhibits from the Jurassic Period. This world-renowned exhibit is just a few miles from Adrift Adventures.

For More Information, Contact:
River Runners & Adrift Adventures HQ: 24070 CR 301 / Buena Vista, CO 81211 / 1-800-723-8987
Email: rafting(at)whitewater(dot)net Web: http://www.whitewater.net/utah-river-rafting

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