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In recent years, an increasing number of the guests on our desolate bike 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 trails we bike, are all remote and have some of the darkest night skies on the planet. For this reason, Holiday River Expeditions is excited to partner with Clark Planetarium, to offer this White Rim Trail Stargazing specialty trip.

This White Rim Trail bike trip leads you through Canyonlands National Park, which was recently certified as a “Dark Sky Park” by the International Dark Sky Association.  We will not only leave our cares in the dust on an exhilarating and scenic bike-tour; but at night we will explore the Milky Way, see the Andromeda Galaxy, watch satellites and meteors, and learn constellations. With both binoculars and naked eyes we can open our imaginations up to the stars.  Additionally, on these land-based trips, we will also haul along a nice telescope to peer even deeper into the abyss.

Stargazing trips on the White Rim Trail Mountain Biking trips with Clark Planetarium

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 bike nights are as exciting as your bike days.

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


  • Mountain bike through the “Island in the Sky”
  • Stand 1000 feet above the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers
  • The one mountain bike trip for your bucket list
  • Enjoy the Gold-Tier “Dark Sky” of Canyonlands National Park

Read more about Mountain Biking the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands

 Celestial Highlights

May 20-22  White Rim

  • Zodiacal light
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Whirlpool galaxy
  • Ghost of Jupiter nebula

Oct 14-17  White Rim

  • The Milky Way
  • Andromeda galaxy
  • Ring nebula
  • Bow-tie nebula
  • Albireo, a double star
  • Double cluster
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by Cheryl DeVault on Blank Business Name

A wonderful experience and worth every penny that I spent for the trip. I felt like it was an emotional kick start in my life. It was an excellent trip. Thank you!