UGA-AWG Geo-Camping and Rafting Trip to Dinosaur National Monument

UGA and AWG-Salt Lake Chapter are hosting a two-night group camp-out complete with various geologic and non-geologic activities.  The organizations will cover the cost of the group campgrounds and both evening meals. Participants provide their own transportation (carpools may be available), gear, and other meals and drinks. There is no cost to register, but you will be asked to commit by July 19 so that wait-listed campers and rafters can join. Park entrance fee, rafting, and other activities are at your expense. Come explore unique Dinosaur National Monument, only a 3.5 hour drive east of SLC with a bunch of geologists! https://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm 

RSVP for this event at https://www.utahgeology.org/tour-utah/uga-awg-camping-registration/

Note that the RSVP form does not register you for rafting. Register for rafting and pay directly with Adrift Adventures using the link below.

Space is limited to the first 50 people for camping and 25 for rafting. Families and friends welcome as long as someone in your group is a UGA or AWG member. Join UGA here https://www.utahgeology.org/ or AWG here http://awg.org/.

Tentative Schedule

All activities are optional and at your own risk. Meals are on your own except dinner both nights.

Friday Aug 9, 2019

10 am: Fossil Discovery Day Hike from Quarry Exhibit Hall to Quarry Visitor Center

1 pm: Group campsites at Split Mountain Campground available for check-in 

2 pm: Afternoon hike, mountain bike ride, geology hike, relaxing in the shade, etc.

            Mountain biking trails https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8010531/vernal

            Hiking trails https://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/hikingtrails.htm

5:30 pm: Catered dinner at campground

7 pm: Ranger talk at campground

Saturday Aug 10, 2019

9 am to 1 pm: “Field Trip” – Exact stops TBD, but will likely include newly published Geosites and classic field trip stops. May include driving personal vehicles and short hikes. BYO picnic lunch. Stop leaders needed. Contact peternielsen@utah.gov if you have an idea for a stop. 

3 pm: Private talk at the Dinosaur National Monument Quarry Site with park paleontologist ReBeccca Hunt-Foster

6 pm: Catered dinner at campsite

9:30 pm: Stargazing with rangers. Naked eye and telescope.

Sunday Aug 11, 2019

9 am: Day float on the Green River through Split Mountain Gorge with Adrift Adventures. Trip includes Class I to III rapids and is great for families! If we fill the trip, we will have geology stops. 

DISTANCE AND DURATION: 9 Miles. Allow 6 Hours

LEVEL: Class I to III Rapids. Beginner/Intermediate whitewater. Minimum 6 years old and 50 lbs

COST: Adult $97 with National Parks Pass, $112 without. Child (12 & under) $83. Plus tax and gratuity. This price reflects a 10% discount until the trip fills (25 people max) or July 19, whichever comes first. Use this link and the enter promo code UGA10 to get the discount. Book and pay directly at 

https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/adrift/items/46826/availability/149404605/book/?full-items=yes

$15 credit for National Parks Pass available by calling after booking.

Space is limited. Don’t delay!

10 am (if not on raft trip): Fossil Discovery Day Hike from Quarry Exhibit Hall to Quarry Visitor Center 

Adrift Adventures also offers stand up paddleboard and kayak rental with shuttle to the Green River and pick-up for $45 for those not interested in rafting.   

12 noon: Checkout of campground.