Desolation Canyon Stargazing Trip

About This Trip

This Desolation Canyon river rafting trip, like its name implies, floats you through some of the most remote areas left in the continental United States.  The Tavaputs Plateau, through which the Green River cuts Desolation Canyon, boasts one of the largest roadless wilderness areas in the American west; this is invaluable when we look towards the starry-skies.  Spend your days exploring outlaw hideouts, ancient indigenous cultural sites and consistent whitewater fun, and in the evenings let your mind expand alongside the universe around us. Using both binoculars and the naked eye, this trip will explore the Milky Way, see the Andromeda Galaxy, watch satellites and meteors, and learn constellations.

Starting at Sand Wash put-in in the center of the Tavaputs Plateau, this 84 mile white water rafting trip into Desolation Canyon takes us on the ride of a lifetime and we will encounter over 60 rapids! The whitewater builds in intensity each day and finally leads you out of the Plateau at Swasey’s take-out, just north of our Green River headquarters.


Trip Overview

Location: Green River Wilderness
Type: Rafting
Length: 5 Days
Dates: July 9-13 / July 30-Aug 4
Meet At: Green River, Utah 6:00 am
Rating: Beginner
Age Min: 5
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

Adult – $1,150
Youth – $1,150 (18 & under)
Senior – $1,150 (65 & older)
Group – $1,150 (10 or more)

Adult – $1,425
Youth – $1,425 (18 & under)
Senior – $1,425 (65 & older)
Group – $1,425 (10 or more)

*Plus $25 BLM fee per person

Departure Dates

5 Day Trip Date

July 9-13

6 Day Trip Date

July 30 – August 4

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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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by Patrick Sheridan on Holiday River Expeditions

The trip reservationist was great at answering our questions and following up with us! Our guides were great and very friendly. Our guides were top notch and the experience was incredible. Will be back for more!

by Dennis Asby on Holiday River Expeditions

Guides were great- fun, knowledgeable and great cooks.

by Steve Teynor on Holiday River Expeditions

Dave, our guide and cook, was a lot of fun, helpful, cheerful and professional. I had no safety concerns at all.