Join us on this fall extended hiking and stargazing specialty trip as we approach Cataract Canyon from the Green River. Start above the sandstone cliff faces of Labyrinth Canyon and continue through Stillwater Canyon, all the way through Cataract. To spend 12 days in this landscape is a rare treat. This trip allows more time to explore the hidden side canyons of Canyonlands National Park and the magnificent public lands that surround it. More days means more time for hiking, floating, swimming, and playing on stand-up paddleboards and inflatable kayaks.
Fall is the best season for desert exploring and stargazing. Mild weather makes longer hikes more enjoyable. And the nights are beginning to get longer, which means you don’t have to stay up so late to enjoy the stars! Tom Beckett, Holiday’s resident star expert, will guide your eyes along the Milky Way and share the stories of the constellations and the science of our universe. And certified yoga instructor Jennifer Gilmore will lead optional morning and evening stretching sessions on the river’s edge.
This trip includes both relaxing calm water and thrilling whitewater. Cataract is famous for its rapids, but the quiet of Labyrinth and Stillwater create a delicious sense of building suspense. We’ll travel through three distinct canyons and watch the landscape shift as we float. These canyons are rich with cultural history, as well. Our days will be spent visiting prehistoric and historic sites and hearing the stories of the people who came here before us. And at night, we’ll look up and discover the stories that these same people have told for millennia about the stars. This fall extended hiking and stargazing trip has a little bit of everything.
The 12-day rafting trip through Labyrinth, Stillwater, Cataract and Glen Canyons exceeded my high expectations. Being on the river and off the grid for so long was a wonderful break from everyday life. Our guides were fantastic — they were impressive on the river, both rowing us downstream on flat water and expertly navigating the thrilling rapids in Cataract Canyon. They were equally impressive on shore, preparing 36 different, truly tasty meals over the 12 days. It was amazing to be in such a beautiful landscape and eating such good food. This is my fifth trip with Holiday in as many years and I can’t wait for the next one. (Carmen Trevino)