Holiday’s stargazing trip through Desolation Canyon will take you into a landscape named by John Wesley Powell, who called it “a region of wildest desolation.” Utah’s Green River cuts through the Tavaputs Plateau, one of the remotest regions of the continental United States. It’s also one of the largest roadless areas in the American West, making the region a priceless dark sky reserve.
Spend your days exploring outlaw hideouts and ancient indigenous cultural sites. We’ll splash through consistent, fun whitewater (this is a great trip for playing in inflatable kayaks). Our guides will satiate your curiosity with tales about who came before you in this ancient canyon full of ghosts and ancestors. At camp, join outdoor fitness guide and author, Melanie Webb, as she guides you to move your body in a way that prepares your mind to have a restorative experience in Mother Nature. And what better place to reclaim your instinctive humanity, relax and unwind your mind, and reconnect with nature than while floating through Desolation Canyon on the Green River? Melanie will lead you in beachfront body-weight movement and mind-body sessions during this 5-day float. In the evenings our minds will expand along with the universe as it becomes visible around us. Our resident star experts will guide you through the Milky Way using binoculars and the naked eye. Hunt for the Andromeda Galaxy, watch for satellites and meteors, and drift off to sleep while listening to stories about the constellations. Stargazing in Desolation Canyon brings us closer to the cosmos and inspires a sense of wonder.
Read more about our resident star expert and his passion for dark skies. Check out our Stargazing blog.
Let Melanie share her simple, life-transforming method of making Mother Nature a partner in your ever-changing wellness journey.
Melanie has spent her varied career working at the intersections where health and wellness meet the outdoors. As a wildlife biologist, she performed distribution and monitoring surveys of sensitive and endangered native aquatic species in southern Utah. She’s also represented the largest independently owned outdoor clothing brand in the fight to protect Bears Ears National Monument. Melanie has been named to multiple “top ten” lists in the fitness and adventure travel industries. And, most recently, she launched her own app, “WebbWell,” to make her Body+Mind+Nature tools accessible to more people. Her book, Mother Nature’s Gym, is approved for 1.3 continuing education credits from the American Council on Exercise. Visit her website and download the WebbWell app from your favorite app store.
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“This was an incredible experience. My brother and I took my father, for his 80th birthday, on a trip to retrace the path of one of his heroes, John Wesley Powell. We took the Desolation Canyon trip. Everything about it was exceptional: the guides, the scenery, the plane trip, the food…even the weather (you can take credit for that!). My father has been raving about it since. Thank you for an incredible experience!” (Lucas Hoffman)