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Required Equipment for Boating and Rafting


Adult Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved life jackets must be properly worn by each participant while on any craft in the river (except from Cove Campsite to Rainbow Park boat ramp on the Green River). Type III & Type V life jackets must be approved for whitewater activities (rafting, paddling, etc.), must have a static shell with a minimum inherent buoyancy of 15.5 lbs (for adults), must be appropriate for size and weight of the user, and must be in good condition. PFDs showing excessive signs of wear will not be approved for use. Horse-collar type life jackets and ski and fishing vests are not acceptable.


Child PFDs

Children must properly wear an appropriately sized Type III or V PFD rated for their weight with a static shell and a minimum inherent buoyancy of 11 lbs at all times. Horse-collar type life jackets and ski and fishing vests are not acceptable. You must bring a spare child-size PFD for all trips with children.


Spare PFDs

One spare Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved life jacket must be carried in each raft, dory, or paddleboat. Spare life jackets must be an appropriate for size and weight of the potential users, including spare PFDs for children. One spare Type I, Type III, or Type V life jacket must be carried for every three canoes, kayaks, and standup paddlers. If there is only one small craft, one spare must be carried.


Spare Oars/Paddles

One spare oar for each raft or dory, one spare paddle for every paddle raft, and one spare paddle for every three kayaks, canoes, or standup paddlers must be carried. Paddles designed to be strapped to or worn on the hands meet this requirement. If there are fewer than three kayaks or canoes as part of the trip, one extra paddle is required. Spare paddles and life jackets for canoes, kayaks, and standup paddlers may be carried on a support boat.


First Aid Kits

First aid kits - One major first aid kit for the entire group and one basic first aid kit for each boat on the trip must be carried. A major first aid kit should include supplies for treating medical emergencies and traumatic injuries, including gloves, facial barrier (for rescue breathing), splinting material, trauma dressings, etc. A minor first aid kit should include supplies for treating minor wounds and injuries.


Toilet Containers

Each group must carry and use at least one container toilet system that is washable, reusable, and will not leak when inverted to carry out human waste on multi-day trips. It must be accessible for use during the day. Bag systems (such as wag bags or PET systems) are not permitted. Toilet systems are strongly recommended, but not required, on one-day trips.


Spray Skirts and Flotation

Water-tight spray skirts and flotation for each hard shelled kayak and/or decked canoe are required.


Air Pump

An air pump is required in each group with inflatable boats.


Boat Repair Kits

Repair kits suitable for each type of boat on the trip are required.



A mesh strainer for dishwater and ashes is required for multi-day trips, but not on 1-day trips.


Fire Pan

Fire pans must be elevated a minimum of four inches off the ground. Fire pans must be a minimum size of 100 square inches with at least a 3-inch rim. Kayaks or canoes without raft support may substitute a gas stove. If there is a fire ban in the monument, fire pans are not required.


Fire Blanket

A fireproof tarp, blanket, or welder's cloth must be carried and placed under the fire pan. It must be of sufficient size to catch coals and ashes around the fire pan. One-day trips are only required to have a fire pan and fire blanket if building a fire.


Bailing Device

Each boat with a non-self bailing floor must carry a bailing device.


Flotation for Open Dories and Whitewater Canoes

Open dories and whitewater canoes must have securely attached flotation equal to two-thirds of volume or eight cubic feet.


Decked Dories

Closed or decked dories must have leak-proof, sealed chambers.



Helmets are required for all canoeists, kayakers (including inflatable kayaks), and standup paddlers and must be worn in all named rapids, including: Teepee, Little Joe, Five Springs, Big Joe, Warm Springs, Winnie's Rapid, Disaster Falls, Harp Falls, Triplet, Hell's Half Mile, Greasy Pliers, Moonshine, SOB, Schoolboy, and Inglesby. Bike helmets are not appropriate. You should carry one spare helmet for every three craft.


Rescue Kit

One rescue kit (also known as a sweep kit or z-drag kit) containing adequate gear such as throw bags, rope, pulleys, carabineers, etc., to rescue a trapped boat for each group is required. Participants should have knowledge of river rescue techniques.


Type IV Device

One throwable Type IV device, seat cushion, or throw bag per boat is required.



A current copy of the 2013 Information and Regulations booklet, an accurate passenger list that matches the one on file in the river office, and a permit for launch signed by the river office are required to be readily available at all times.

Did You Know?

Raft going through rapids.

Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyon areas at Dinosaur National Monument. You can take a licensed commercial rafting trip or you can tackle the river on your own, provided you have a permit, the correct equipment and the necessary experience.