This Cataract Canyon stargazing trip travels along the Colorado River through one of the most spectacular landscapes in the southwest. By day, float through sandstone spires, massive eroded cliffs, and towering buttes. At night, let your eyes tune in to the equally spectacular star-scape, visible in stunning clarity from the bottom of Canyonlands National Park, an International Dark Sky Park. This will be a star-studded trip, and not only because of the night sky. We’ll bring along our resident star expert, Tom Beckett, who’s on the board of the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City.
Cataract Canyon is famous for its whitewater. But the calm water that leads up to the rapids is special in its own way. The trip begins with an easy pace that is the perfect antidote to modern life. The first few days in the canyon invite quiet meditation and allow for plenty of solo paddling in inflatable kayaks or on stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). The flat water lets the suspense build. By the time we reach the rapids, you’ll be deeply in tune with the flow of the river, ready to ride out the big waves and steep drops.
Swim, play, and float your way through the heart of Canyonlands. Learn something about the world around you, whether you’re hiking to see ancient rock art or staring through binoculars at the Andromeda Galaxy. Join us for stargazing in Cataract Canyon.
Find out why Cataract is the king of Utah river trips. Read our Insider’s Guide here.
“Couldn’t have asked for a better trip. A whole week of full excitement, and to spend it with such amazing people we have come to know and love. This trip has given me peace, and it’s helped me open myself to new possibilities. It’s changed me for the better. Thank you to all the guides at Holiday River Expeditions for making it possible to experience such a memorable trip. We look forward to many more trips with Holiday.” (Rachel Fuller)