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In recent years, an increasing number of the guests on our desolate river trips look up at the Milky Way on moonless nights and candidly admit that they’ve never seen anything so beautiful in their lives.  This has not been the norm for humanity; only in recent centuries have we cast our eyes elsewhere and forgotten the stars.  Today, much of the Earth is losing its dark night skies to light pollution and most Americans will live their whole lives never seeing the Milky Way. Despite this, we are happy to say the rivers we run are all remote and have some of the darkest night skies on the planet. For this reason, Holiday River Expeditions is excited to partner Stargazing trips on the Green River Rafting trip with Clark Planetariumwith Clark Planetarium, to offer this Lodore Canyon “Dark Sky” specialty trip.

Your Lodore Canyon river rafting trip will flow through Dinosaur National Monument, currently recognized by the National Park Service as a “Sanctuary of Natural Darkness.” On this trip, we will connect to ghosts of river-runners and canyon dwellers of the past, escape into deep-red cliffs and find exhilarating whitewater.  During the day float through Whirlpool Canyon and at night peer into the Whirlpool Galaxy; after dinner the night comes alive as we turn our sights upwards to explore the Milky Way, see the Andromeda Galaxy, watch satellites and meteors, and learn constellations, both with binoculars and naked eyes.

Utah is lucky to have a world-class institute like Clark Planetarium, dedicated to teaching people, especially kids, about astronomy. On these trips you can look forward to having a dedicated astro-wiz from the Planetarium as well as a dark canopy free of moonlight to see as far into space as humanly possible.  This combination will assure your river nights are as exciting as your river days.

Join Holiday River Expeditions & Clark Planetarium to share in the oldest of human traditions, staring at the night sky.


  • Deep narrow canyon with exceptional beauty
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Dark Sky camping
  • Exciting Class III & IV white water

Read more about our Stargazing Naturalist River Rafting trips on the Green River through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Park

Aug 17-20  Lodore Canyon

  • The Milky Way
  • Perseids meteor activity
  • Wild Duck open cluster
  • Fireworks galaxy
  • Trifid nebula
  • Dumbbell nebula
  • Ring nebula
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