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Live In Season with Kelly Liken Specialty Trip!

06/29/18

A True Bucket List Item:

Rafting through the Gates of Lodore is a once-in-a-lifetime experience like no other. And with food prepared by Kelly Liken, it will also be a culinary excursion that you will never forget. Deep within the walls of Dinosaur National Monument, you will get to experience the Green River in ways most people can only dream about. During your trip, you will get to see petroglyphs drawn by Fremont people thousands of years ago. You have the opportunity to unplug from daily life and focus on your surroundings by taking in all the Gates of Lodore have to offer. Forty-four miles and four days away from the regular hustle-and-bustle. What are you waiting for?

Travel Information:

  • From Denver:
    • Flights: There are daily direct flights from Denver, CO to Vernal, UT starting at prices as low as $118 per passenger round trip. For more information, visit the United Airlines webpage. The flight is approximately 1 hour and 8 minutes.
    • Driving: The drive from Denver International Airport to Vernal is approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes. There are over 10 major car rental companies located near Denver International Airport. For more information, visit the Denver International Airport Car Rental Information page.
  • From Salt Lake City:
    • Flights: There are no direct flights from Salt Lake City to Vernal. However, there are flights with a layover in Denver starting at $565 roundtrip. The travel time is approximately 5 hours and 11 minutes. For more information, visit the United Airlines webpage.
    • Driving: The drive from Salt Lake City International Airport to Vernal is approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes. There are 17 car rental option in Salt Lake City, both near the airport and in the city. For more information, visit the Salt Lake City International Airport Car Rental Information page.
    • Black Car Service: If you do not wish to drive to Vernal, another option is to hire a private vehicle to drive you from the Salt Lake City International Airport to Vernal. Rates start at $105 per hour, depending on the vehicle selected for the drive. For more information, call (800) 700-2687 or visit The Driver Provider website.

Once you’re in Vernal:

  • Places to Stay:
    • Jensen Inn: Located in Jensen, Utah (located 1 mile from Adrift Adventures Rafting Headquarters), this quaint bed and breakfast offers cozy rooms starting at $100 per night. For booking and more information, visit The Jensen Inn website.  
    • SpringHill Suites Vernal: Located in Vernal, Utah, SpringHill Suites provides guests with a pool and complimentary breakfast. For more information, visit the SpringHill Suites webpage.
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vernal-Dinosaurland: Located in Vernal, Utah, Holiday Inn Express provides guests with a pool and complimentary breakfast. For more information, visit the Holiday Inn Express webpage.
  • Places to Eat:
    • Antica Forma: For delicious Italian food, be sure to head to Antica Forma for incredible pizza, pasta, and so much more. For more information, visit the Antica Forma TripAdvisor page.
    • Vernal Brewing Company: if craft beer and ‘pub food with a twist’ is more your style, check out Vernal Brewing Company. For more information, visit the Vernal Brewing Company website.

Sample Itinerary (this is an approximate schedule- actual times are subject to change)

  • July 21st
    • 4:05 PM: Fly from Denver International Airport to Vernal Regional Airport
    • 5:13 PM: Arrive in Vernal
    • 6:00 PM: Check in at the Jensen Inn
    • 6:45 PM: Dinner at Antica Forma
  • July 22nd
    • 6:30 AM: Wake up nice and early for breakfast at the Jensen Inn
    • 7:25 AM: Depart Jensen Inn
    • 7:30 AM: Arrive at Adrift Boathouse to prepare for trip and pack items into the provided waterproof bags
    • 8:30 AM: Adrift vehicles will bring you and your belongings to the put-in for safety talks, gear. Launch will follow shortly.
    • 12:00 PM: stop for lunch
    • 3:00 PM: stop for the night. Feel free to explore the area while the guides set up camp and Kelly cooks the meal
    • 5:30 PM: Dinner
  • July 23rd:
    • 7:30 AM: Wake up for breakfast
    • 8:30 AM: Leave campsite
    • 12:00 PM: Stop for lunch
    • 3:30 PM: Stop for the night. Feel free to explore the area while the guides set up camp and Kelly prepares dinner
    • 5:30 PM: Dinner
  • July 24th:
    • 7:30 AM: Wake up for breakfast
    • 8:30 AM: Leave campsite
    • 12:00 PM: Stop for lunch
    • 3:30 PM: Stop for the night. Feel free to explore the area while the guides set up camp and Kelly prepares dinner
    • 5:30 PM: Dinner
  • July 25th:
    • 7:30 AM: Wake up for breakfast
    • 8:30 AM: Leave campsite
    • 12:00 PM: Stop for lunch
    • 3:30 PM: Stop for the night. Feel free to explore the area while the guides set up camp and Kelly prepares dinner
    • 5:30 PM: Dinner
  • July 26th:
    • 7:30 AM: Wake up for breakfast
    • 8:30 AM: Leave campsite
    • 12:00 PM: Stop for lunch
    • 2:30 PM: Arrive at takeout, say goodbye
    • 5:00 PM: Check in at Jensen Inn
    • 6:30 PM: Dinner at Vernal Brewing Company
  • July 27th:
    • 8:30 AM: Breakfast at the Jensen Inn
    • 9:30 AM: Utilize your 7-day pass to Dinosaur National Monument- go on a hike, visit the visitor’s center, see the famous Dinosaur Quarry
    • 5:50 PM: Flight from Vernal Regional Airport to Denver International Airport
    • 7:13 PM: Arrive at Denver International Airport

For booking, pricing, and more information check out the trip page: https://adrift.com/trip-item/live-in-season-a-culinary-exploration-with-kelly-liken/