2024 Green River Photography Expedition

the Gates of lodore through dinosaur national monument

August 18-21, 2024

Join us on an adventure down the Green River through the legendary Gates of Lodore. Highly regarded as one of the most scenic river trips in the world.

This 4 day / 3 night rafting and camping expedition will take you deep into Dinosaur National Monument. Highly photogenic and home to incredible geologic marvels, deep scenic canyons, rich history, diverse wildlife, and exciting whitewater, the Green River is sure to appease your adventurous appetite.

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Entering "The Gates of Lodore" steep walled canyon along the Green River. There's a yellow raft and kayak showing scale

the Gates of lodore

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the Gates of Lodore, where towering canyon walls and the rhythmic flow of the Green River create a breathtaking natural spectacle. Rich in history, epic scenery, exhilarating whitewater, and high potential of wildlife sightings this is a bucket-list photo adventure trip you didn't even know you had!

The Gates of Lodore section of the Green River with a yellow raft tied up on the bank with the sun creating a star

green River rafting

This immersive journey offers a thrilling blend of exhilarating rapids, serene landscapes, and the rich history of the Colorado Plateau. We will be guided down the river with Dinosaur River Expeditions, a permitted outfitter for the Green and Yampa Rivers since 1979 as well as my good friend and professional whitewater instructor, Trey Moore with Eddyhopper Workshop. The trip will be catered by the guides, and you'll be riding on oar-frame rafts meaning you'll have 1 guide rowing while you get to ride, enjoy the river and scenery while taking photos along the way. Whether you're a seasoned river enthusiast or a nature lover seeking a remarkable escape, the Gates of Lodore beckon with their untamed beauty.

Twisted curved rock of split mounting rises high on the Green River's horizon. Yellow raft is tiny below showing scale of massive mountain.

WHAT's included:

Professional river guides and paddling equipment

All on-river meals

Camping equipment if needed*

Transportation to and from Vernal, UT and the Green River

Trip Packet including "what to bring", expectations, etc

Pre-trip group consultation

Professional photography guidance and instruction

 Photography equipment discounts

Epic scenery, exciting whitewater, historical interpretation, and potential wildlife sightings

The green river from above with beautiful blue green water cuts through the canyon with stack red rocks below forming high cliffs.

WHAT's NOT included:

X Travel to and from Vernal UT

X Trip Insurance

X Hotel stays in Vernal

X Meals while in town

X Photography equipment

X Clothing and personal items

trip investment


Signing up COUPLES and groups of +1, +2, or more

and receive a $100 off discount per person



sample Itinerary

Twisted rock formation with grey and red rock in layers spiraling upward to a shear ridge into the sunlight.

Day before the river - August 17th

Meet in Vernal on Aug 17th at 5:00 P.M for pre-trip orientation. At this time your guides will provide you with dry bags, last minute packing suggestions, answer any questions you may have and help with the final details of the trip before departure. 

Day 1 trip departure - August 18th

Meet outside at the hotel at 7:00 a.m, depart for the river approximately 7:30 a.m. At the river your guides will be prepared to load the final pieces of equipment and start your adventure. Your day will encompass whitewater, hikes, and a delicious riverside lunch with photography guidance along the way. When you arrive at your first camp the guides will be attentive to the details making it a comfortable outdoors experience.

Day 2 & 3 on river - August 19th-20th

Start the morning with hot coffee, a wonderful breakfast, beautiful sunrise followed by taking down camp and packing for a day of adventure, with hikes, whitewater, lunch, a lot of fun, and photographing the beautiful world around you. You will end the day with a relaxing camp time experience, sunset shoots, and optional night photography.

Day 4 final day - August 21st

Last day on the river; a peaceful morning float through Rainbow Park and Island Park followed by an afternoon filled with exciting whitewater through Split Mountain Canyon. This section of river has some of the Green Rivers most exciting rapids. A lunch stop on a wonderful sandy beach puts you a few river miles away from the takeout. Here you will take a 30-minute shuttle ride back to Vernal, Utah returning to Dinosaur Inn around 3:30 p.m.

Pictograph on red rock on antelope or ram looking creature.


As with any travel experience, itinerary may change due to unforeseen circumstance and we ask all parties to remain flexible if such an event occurs.

Lodging information

We partner with Dinosaur Inn for lodging, give them a call (1-435-789-2660) and ask for the Dinosaur River Rate of 15% off, plus tax. They are located at 251 East Main Street Vernal, UT. The Dinosaur Inn is in downtown Vernal. Walking distance to restaurants and museums. They start serving a hot breakfast at 6:30 am and will hold your personal belongings (such as keys). This is where your vehicle will be parked during the duration of the trip.

Some of the sights you'll see, but these are in November. Our next trip will be in August so warmer temps and greener views.

it takes a village:

Eddyhopper Workshop Logo with graphic of river between mountains and sunset in background
Dinosaur River Expeditions logo. They're a rafting and kayaking guide service based in Vernal Utah
Yellow background with blue and black text "Bedford Camera & Video" logo with black line border.

In the world of photography, leading a photo tour is more than just about snapping great shots; it's about creating an immersive experience, and that requires a solid team to weave together the fabric of an unforgettable journey. I'm partnering with Dinosaur River Expeditions and Eddyhopper Workshop to get us down the river in a fun and safe manner as well as Bedford Camera & Video for promotion and sponsorship. This diverse tapestry of skills and passions for both adventure travel and photography is the backbone of this expedition.

Meet your photo guide

My love for photography, education, and the great outdoors all began well over 3 decades ago and continues to this day. It all started as a young child while hunting and fishing with my father, granddads, and friends and continued in life as a young adult with backpacking, whitewater paddling, rock climbing, and of course nature photography.

I started teaching photography professionally in 2006 and since then have helped thousands of people become better photographers over the past 18+ years. I teach a variety of subjects across a broad age demographic from elementary students to elders in their 80’s which has allowed me to develop an adaptable-to-the-group teaching style with readily absorbable broken down concepts.

Arkansas nature and commercial photographer, Alex Kent crouches with camera in hand and smile with rocky background.

"MY GOAL IS FOR EVERYONE TO WALK AWAY WITH A better UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO NAVIGATE their camera's interface, utilize the principles of exposure, see the world in a more creative way, and of course have a blast while doing it.”

- Alex kent


Where do we meet?

Verval, Utah | Airport code: VEL
Travel to and from Vernal as well any hotels before and after the river trip are your responsibility. We'll meet the day before (August 17th) in-person for a pre-trip consultation and preparation.

Can I bring a pet?

The river and adjoining land are protected areas and no pets are allowed within the boundaries. As much as I love our furry friends no pets are allowed on this trip.

Will dietary needs be considered?

Yes, upon signing up you'll be sent questionnaire for you to provide that type of information. While the main meals will be accommodated we'd suggest bringing some of your favorite snacks especially if you have specific dietary needs.

Do I have the right gear and clothes?

Part of the trip cost includes camping gear rentals, so tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads will be provided. If you want to bring your own gear then that's great, just let us know ahead of time so we can prepare properly.

The outfitter will provide all paddling, river, kitchen, and safety gear.

As far as clothes you'll be responsible for personal items and we'll provide you with a gear list ahead of time about what TO and NOT to bring.

Do I need prior river experience?

No, prior experience needed. We are partnering with Dinosaur River Expeditions who have been in business in the area since 1979. They will take us down the river in large rafts that they will be rowing. You'll sit in the boat and not even have to paddle. There are both flat sections as well as up to class IV rapids. Your job will be to enjoy the scenery. Take photos. And "hold on" when the guides tell you. Reach out with any more questions or concerns.


Alex is a tremendous guide. He is very thoughtful and highly conscientious. He showed genuine care and concern for each person in our family as we spent 4 days doing "backwoods" camping, canoeing and whitewater rafting in Arkansas. He was extremely attentive, and he kept the trip fun and safe for my 3 children (ages 10-16). His photography skills are truly exceptional, outmatched by no one. I highly recommend Alex."

– Kate skohl

Split Mountain View on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo by Alex Kent Photo

Easy to see why it's called the green river!


Before embarking on this picturesque journey, it's essential for all participants to familiarize themselves with the following liability disclaimer.

**Assumption of Risks:**

Participants acknowledge that this photography expedition involves inherent risks such as changing weather conditions, challenging terrains, and the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.

**Physical Fitness:**

Participants affirm they are in good health and physical fitness to engage in planned activities. It is the participant's responsibility to communicate any health concerns or limitations to the tour guide prior to the trip.

**Equipment Responsibility:**

Participants are responsible for their own photography equipment and personal belongings. Alex Kent Photo, Bedford Camera & Video, all employees, and on-river guides hold no liability for loss, damage, or theft of personal property during the tour.

**Weather Conditions:**

Participants understand that weather conditions may impact the tour itinerary. Alex Kent and on-river guides reserve the right to modify or adjust activities for the safety and enjoyment of all participants.

**Travel Insurance:**

It is strongly advised for participants to obtain travel insurance covering potential trip disruptions, personal trip cancellation, medical emergencies, and unforeseen events. Alex Kent Photo, Bedford Camera & Video, all employees and on-river guides are not responsible for any financial losses incurred due to such circumstances.

**Release of Liability:**

Participants voluntarily release Alex Kent Photo, Bedford Camera & Video, all employees, associates, and on-river guides from any liability, claims, or actions arising from personal injury or property damage before, during, and after the trip.

**Medical Emergencies:**

In the event of a medical emergency, participants authorize Dinosaur River Expeditions to seek and administer necessary medical treatment, with associated expenses becoming the participant's responsibility.

**Photography Rights:**

Participants grant Alex Kent Photo and Bedford Camera & Video permission to use photographs or videos taken during the tour for promotional and marketing purposes.

By proceeding with the booking, participants confirm that they have read, understood, and agreed to the terms outlined in this 2024 Green River Photography Expedition Liability Disclaimer. We're excited to share unforgettable moments with you on this photographic excursion!

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