In the over twenty years I have spent operating rivers, one of the greatest skills that I believe can be acquired is called reading and running.  You learn and cultivate through miles and experience the ability to be present in the moment and pick the most secure line amidst the turbulence and chaos that is unfolding before you.  You are using all that nature gives you and with the comparatively small amount of power you can muster, you act determinedly for an outcome of favorability.

I can say that we are all truly in uncharted territory and the rapid we are running collectively is one that no one has run before.  They say that for a builder all analogies come from the building trade.  As a river person, similarly my metaphors are all about rivers.  As far as our season in 2020 is concerned with Adrift Dinosaur, we are still planning on running this summer.  We have been in communication with the Park Service and other outfitters that operate in Dinosaur and we have been taking the recommendations for added cleaning and sanitation from Department of Health and CDC and will implement them this season.

The Dinosaur National Monument river corridor is highly regulated and all outfitters already go through scrupulous measures to provide safe, fun, and sanitary experiences in the wilderness.  Aside from multiple hand cleaning stations set up at all camps and meal locations, we carry wipes and sanitizer and encourage liberal use of all the above.  All staff has food handling certifications.

Below are some COVID-19 specific FAQs, and of course you’re welcome to call or email us with any questions or concerns. These specifically address our cancellation policy, trips in 2020 etc.

For years I have shared with guests and staff the powerful words from “A Hopi Elder Speaks.”  I couldn’t see a more relevant message and meditation to be brought to the forefront of our collective consciousness.  The opportunity for healing and connection is always when the greatest tribulations confront us.  Our trips through the majestic canyons we operate on connect people to nature and to each other in a way that is even more necessary in the quickening world of ours full of hyperactivity, isolation, and over stimulation.  We look forward to celebrating with you in a sacred manner this summer and in the many summers to come.  Whatever the destination is, or what is happening, I have faith that we will come out of it together and empowered.

We appreciate your patronage, support, and consideration. We wish you and your families health, safety, and well being.

Adrift Dinosaur


Is Adrift Dinosaur planning to run their trips?

Yes! As of right now our plan is to keep rolling along like the river and be in the flow with all of this. We are in touch with our partners in various federal agencies; this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will update you as soon as we have certainty about any impact to your trip.

In the event we need to cancel a trip we will make every effort to notify guests within 30 days of the trip launch date but reserve the right to do so up to 14 days before the launch because again directives and new info comes out almost daily.

What happens if a guest cannot make the trip due to travel bans?

In the event that travel bans or airport closures impact guests ability to make it to their trip we will allow for transfer of all non-refundable payments as a credit towards a future trip with us (through 2022) and include a 10% additional credit as a token of goodwill.

If you’re concerned about airport closures and haven’t booked your flight yet, it’s worth considering taking a good-old-fashion road trip!  Please look into TRAVEL INSURANCE.

Are there reasons Adrift Dinosaur would prevent a guest from joining a trip?

If a guest has or develops symptoms of Covid-19 within 2 weeks prior to their trip departure or has been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19, we will ask that they join us for another trip on a later date. In that event we will let that guest transfer all non-refundable payments as a credit towards a future trip with us (through 2022) and include a 10% additional credit as a token of goodwill.

This is clearly information we would need to be provide ahead of time; we thank everyone in advance for honesty and prompt communication of any such pertinent information.   We’ll be asking all guests and staff to sign a declaration of health form until further notice.

If you are 60 or older, or if you have a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, please consult your physician for recommendations about joining our outdoor adventures. To provide for some additional flexibility during these uncertain times, we may be able to allow you, under certain criteria, to transfer your trip payments to a future departure.

What if someone develops symptoms while on the trip?

If anyone on the trip develops symptoms of Covid-19, we will follow all Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization guidelines.  We will practice social distancing, disinfect any potentially contaminated areas, and evacuate the individual(s) where feasible.

Does Adrift recommended trip insurance cover Covid-19 related cancellations?

We refer any questions regarding the trip insurance we recommend to AIG and TravelGuard. They are best equipped to answer any specific questions in regards to coverage.

Their number is: 1.866.385.4839

What resources are Adrift using for latest info to determine safety and feasibility of trips.

If a guest cancels or reschedules their trip will Adrift cover the cost of their pre & post trip travel, hotel or rental car?

In the event of any cancellation or rescheduled trip, guests will be solely responsible for any hotel, rental car or travel expenses.

What if Adrift Dinosaur cancels the trip?

While acknowledging that in most cases a full refund is among your options when Adrift cancels a trip, we’re asking our guests to consider transferring trip payments to a hold account toward a future Adrift trip, which will help our company and our employees weather this unprecedented storm. As an incentive to do so, we’re able to offer a 10% discount (up to $300 per person) on a future trip when you transfer your payment.


“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered:

  • Where are you living?
  • What are you doing?
  • What are your relationships? Are you in right relation?
  • Where is your water? Know your garden.
  • It is time to speak your Truth.
  • Create your community. Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader. "This could be a good time!"

"There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly."

"Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river Keep our eyes open and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you And celebrate. At this time in history we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves.For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt."

"The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration."

"We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

-- attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder
Hopi Nation
Oraibi, Arizona