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The best way to experience the geologic depths of Dinosaur National Monument is to take a white-water rafting trip on the Green or Yampa rivers. Joining forces near Echo Park in Colorado, the two waterways have each carved spectacular canyons through several eons' worth of rock, and contain thrilling white-water rapids such as Whirlpool Canyon, SOB, Disaster Falls, and Hell's Half Mile. River-running season is May through September. Remember that permits are required for all boaters.
Adrift Adventures. The closest guide service to the Dinosaur National Monument, this outfitter offers one-day or multiday rafting trips on the Green and Yampa rivers. 9500 E. 6000 S, Jensen, UT, 84035. 435/789–3600 or 800/824–0150. www.adrift.com. From $96 (day trip, including lunch and pass to Dinosaur National Monument).
Dinosaur River Expeditions. Single-day trips on the Green River and multiday trips on both the Green and Yampa rivers are available. Ask about custom trips as well. 550 E. Main St., Vernal, UT, 84078. 800/345–7238. www.dinosaurriverexpeditions.com. From $87 (day trip including lunch).
Don Hatch River Expeditions. The region's original river-running company have been at it since 1929. Their one-day and multiday rafting trips take you through both calm and white waters on the Green and Yampa rivers. 221 N. 400 E, Vernal, UT, 84078. 800/342–8243. www.hatchriver.com. From $99 (day trip, including lunch).