Stargazing trips in Lodore Canyon combine the best of the day with the splendors of the night. Float straight through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, an International Dark Sky Park. Lodore provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a quality of dark sky that exists only in isolated pockets in remote corners of the United States.
During the day, we’ll navigate translucent blue-green water through class II–IV rapids. We’ll hike through dark red cliffs and lounge on white, sandy beaches. At night, we’ll watch the sky come alive. See the Milky Way rise in a brilliant arc. Spot satellites and meteors, learn the stories of the constellations, and seek out the Andromeda Galaxy, both with binoculars and naked eyes. We time our stargazing trips to coincide with the new moon for maximum darkness, and we bring along our resident star expert, Tom Beckett, to guide our eyes. Our Lodore Canyon stargazing trips are truly unforgettable experiences.
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“This trip was excellent. The scenery was amazing; I was constantly craning my neck to take in the views of colorful cliffs and ever-changing rock formations. I was surprised at the variety of wildlife we saw: bighorn sheep drinking from the river just yards from our boat, deer wandering through camp, geese swimming alongside us, and flying right overhead. Also, I loved the inflatable kayaks. Paddling alongside the rafts and playing in the rapids was a highlight. The food was unbelievable: appetizers and freshly made gourmet food for every meal. On top of all this, we had three exceptional guides who made the trip what it was.” (Jeremy Peterson)