This weekend I took a trip to Wyoming. I was there about this time last year and took a trip to visit Dinosaur National Monument. I visited the Utah part of the monument where a large quarry of dinosaur fossils is on display. This time, I went back to Dinosaur National Monument but in the northern part of the space found in Colorado: Gates of Lodore.

History of Gates of Lodore

Gates of Lodore was named after a poem, “Cataract of Lodore,” by Robert Southey. The canyon was named during the Powell Expedition in 1869. The expedition was led by John Wesley Powell. Powell and a team followed the Green River from Green River, Wyoming through parts of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. It is the first record of river passage through the Grand Canyon. The Gates of Lodore mark one of the most dangerous parts of their journey. During and after their passage through the canyon, the team crashed one of their boats from dangerous rapids.

Modern Day Gates of Lodore

Today, there is a small, primitive camping site in The Gates of Lodore managed by the National Parks Service. It is just one of the many campsites in the Browns Park area.

There were pit toilets, water, picnic tables, fire pits, and bear safe containers to store food near or at all sites. It was $10 a night to stay and the site filled up fast. The place is popular for rafters to stay as they recreate the entirety or parts of the expedition.

My Experience

I had a really great time staying here. The weather was warm but there was a good breeze. I set up a camp chair and got to take in the scenery around me all day. There is a small out and back hike that is about a mile-long total. The hike takes you out closer to the canyon and I got a really great picture of it.

I walked down to the boat ramp a few times to take a closer look at the Green River, but many rafters were setting up for what looked to be a pretty long trip.

Takeaways

Overall, it was a great place to camp. It was breathtaking in all directions and the perfect place to totally zone out from the world. I still stayed COVID safe by maintaining 6 feet distance from campers and making sure I sanitized the surfaces I used. It was a nice place to escape the craziness of the pandemic for just one night. Along the way, I also got to see some antelope and the way back to where I was staying this weekend, I spotted elk and deer. It was a good break from the norm, especially with only two more weeks until Summer semester finals.

I hope you were able to escape to nature this last weekend,

Anna