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Dinosaur River Expeditions
2279 North Vernal Ave.
Vernal, Utah 84078
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Phone

1.800.345.7238

Fax

1.801.528.9199

Mailing

PO Box 1651
Vernal, Utah 84078
Do I need to bring my own camping gear for overnight trips?

We provide a large dry bag for your overnight gear and a small dry bag for your day stuff. We have available for rent sleeping kits. A sleeping bag, pillow and pad is available for $40.00 per person. Tents are available for rent $20.00 a tent, we have 2 and 4 person tents depending on your needs. If you would like to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, pad you are more than welcome to do so.

How large are the dry bags you provide?

At the pre-trip meeting the evening before your trip departs we will provide you with your bags. That will give you the evening to pack. You will receive 2 dry bags, one large (24” Tall, 18” wide) this bag will hold your sleeping bag, pillow, camping pad and personal gear. One small (16” tall, 8” wide) in this bag you will put stuff that you will need during the day. 

Do you provide all the food and utensils?

We provide lunch from the first day to lunch on the last day and all meals in between. We provide all utensils you do need to bring a water bottle (at least 24 ounces or larger) and a drinking mug (for coffee, tea, coco, etc.).

On the day rafting trip we provide a deli style lunch, water and lemonade, you need to bring a water bottle.

Is it a good idea to bring a camera or my phone?

Yes the scenery is incredible and you will want to have photos of your vacation. It is a good idea to have a way to keep your camera water proof as you will be getting wet often. There is no cell phone service bringing your phone is a risk. Have extra batteries and storage cards for your camera.

What are the bathroom facilities?

The bathroom or as your guides will call it the “Groover” is a portable river camp toilet system. This system is easy to setup, sanitary and is placed in a discrete and private location at each campsite with an incredible view. Your guides will give you details on how to use the “Groover” at your first night’s camp. 

Does each person in our group need a water bottle?

ch person in your group will want their own water bottle. You will be very active and dehydration can be a serious health problem. We recommend a large water bottle at least 24 ounces or larger. Each raft carries plenty of drinking water and it is accessible at all times throughout the day.

Do I need rain gear?

Yes, yes, yes. We get asked often if rain gear is necessary on a desert river. We say yes, decent quality rain gear will make a big difference in your comfort if wet weather happens on your trip. You may not use the rain pants and jacket on your trip. But if it did rain you would be comfortable.

Do you provide all the food and utensils?

We provide lunch from the first day to lunch on the last day and all meals in between. We provide all utensils you do need to bring a water bottle (at least 24 ounces or larger) and a drinking mug (for coffee, tea, coco, etc.).

On the day rafting trip we provide a deli style lunch, water and lemonade, you need to bring a water bottle.

If I’m new to whitewater rafting, should I only do a day trip?

We get a lot of guests who have never taken an expedition like this before. We provide you with the necessary guidance to comfortably take a four or five day raft trip as a novice. If you are still hesitant to take a long excursion a scenic day trip is a great starting place to see if you are interested in river trips.

Will there be breaks, so we can explore?

On our multi day raft trips we lead multiple hikes and side tours off the river. Depending on the groups interests, camp sites, weather, etc. your guides will determine the best options for exploration.

What’s the difference between the Green River and the Yampa River?

Both rivers are phenomenal trips and have their own highlights. The Green River is available for rafting all summer long. The Yampa River is determined by snow pack and is an early season river rafting trip from Mid May to Mid/late June. Depending on your availability for a river trip either trip is worth taking you will not be disappointed.

What are the bathroom facilities?

The bathroom or as your guides will call it the “Groover” is a portable river camp toilet system. This system is easy to setup, sanitary and is placed in a discrete and private location at each campsite with an incredible view. Your guides will give you details on how to use the “Groover” at your first night’s camp. 

What is an acceptable tip?

Your guides work exceptionally hard, and receiving a gratuity is graciously appreciated. An average tip is $20.00 to $30.00 per person per day on multi day trips. For one day raft trips an average tip is 15% of your groups total fare.

What forms of payment does Dinosaur River Expeditions accept?

We accept credit cards, check or cash. For payment details call us at 1-800-345-7238 we will help you decide what payment option is best for you.

Can I change my reservation date?

For 1-day trips, if you transfer from one trip to another, the deadline is 7 days prior to your departure and the fee is $10 per person. For multi day trips, the deadline is generally 45 days prior to departure and the fee is $50 per person. Transfers made after deadline will be treated as cancellations.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

We recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect you in case you need to cancel your reservation. Prior to 30 days of trip date a refund will be given with a $50.00 per person, cancellation fee. Within the 30 days of trip date no refund will be given.

Do I need to make a reservation in advance?

Our trips fill up quickly we highly recommend calling in advance to make your reservation. Most people have booked their trip by early spring for our multi day trips. 

What is an acceptable tip?

Your guides work exceptionally hard, and receiving a gratuity is graciously appreciated. An average tip is $20.00 to $30.00 per person per day on multi day trips. For one day raft trips an average tip is 15% of your groups total fare.

Are your guides medically certified?

Our guide staff is highly experienced and have obtained the necessary certifications and training’s to guide river rafting trips in a wilderness setting. Many of our guides have medical training in wilderness first aid, Swift water rescue and CPR. All of our guides carry at least basic first aid and CPR certifications and are licensed with the State of Utah. 

Does anyone ever get injured on your expeditions?

River trips take place in rugged and wild terrain because of the nature of these environments there are inherent risks. We take all precautions to mitigate the chance of injury but there is real risk involved. By signing the acknowledgment/release form you are representing that you are accepting of this risk. In case of a medical emergency or evacuation it is your responsibility to carry insurance, or be prepared to cover the cost yourself for expenses related to emergency evacuations for medical or other reasons. 

Does Dinosaur River Expeditions provide life jackets and helmets?

All of our trips provide you with the necessary safety equipment such as life jackets and helmets where applicable. Each of our trips carries a full stocked first aid kit, river rescue equipment, a plan for initiating an evacuation and boat repair kits.

Is this safe for my kids?

Rafting trips are excellent for kids. We have great options for youth 5 years of age and older. Depending on the length of trip, time of year and what type of experience you are looking for you we can help you choose a great family adventure.

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