Cataract Canyon Stargazing Trip

About This Trip

This Cataract Canyon river rafting trip will be cradled in Canyonlands National Park, an official “Dark Sky Park” accredited by the International Dark Sky Association. While your days will be spent luxuriating in the sunshine, exploring side-canyons and facing some of the biggest whitewater rapids the Colorado River has to offer, your nights will open up a whole new world. Using both binoculars and the naked eye, we will explore the Milky Way, see the Andromeda Galaxy, watch satellites and meteors, and learn constellations.


  • Explore the heart of Canyonlands National Park
  • Classic Southern Utah Red Rock Desert Environment
  • Immense Rolling Whitewater Waves
  • Colorado River Rafting and side canyon hiking

Read more about Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park

Great Old Broads FUNDraiser Stargazing trip June 18-22, 2018!

Cataract Canyon runs just downstream of Moab UT and into the heart of Canyonlands National Park.  After all the rapids you can handle the river enters Glen Canyon National Rec. area where we take out below the confluence of the Dirty Devil.

Trip Overview

Location: Cataract Canyon – Canyonlands National Park
Type: Naturalist
Length: 5 Days
Dates: July 9-13
Meet At: Green River, UT 8:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 8
Deposit: $300

Trip Price

5 Day Trip

2018 Departure Date

5 Day Trip Date
July 9-13

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What’s Included

Life Jacket
Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day through
lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/day-mix of regular & diet

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while, one could develop a leak, so we always recommend packing important items in ziplock bags and leaving expensive electronics at home. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

What’s NOT Included

Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on the San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.


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