Fall Canyonlands National Park Stargazing & Hiking Trip

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Fall Extended Hiking and Stargazing – About This Trip

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Join us on this extended hiking and Stargazing speciality trip as we approach Cataract Canyon from the Green River side, starting above the rapidly rising cliff faces of Labyrinth Canyon. This trip allows for an extended ten days exploring hidden side canyons and Ancient Pueblo structures in the heart of Canyonlands National Park & the magnificent public lands surrounding it. Some of the highlights of this trip will include hiking to the Dollhouse, enjoying the depths of Dark Canyon and not to be forgotten the raging whitewater of Cataract Canyon. This upcoming season, we are excited to offer this unique trip with the added richness of a star-gazing special!

Canyonlands was certified as a “Dark Sky Park” back in 2017 by the International Dark Sky Association but you don’t need a certificate to see that it, as well as the surrounding ‘un-designated’ public lands are abundant with dark skies. While your days will be spent luxuriating in the sunshine, exploring ancient side-canyons and facing some of the biggest whitewater in North America, your nights will open up a whole new world. We will explore the stories humans have told for millenia to conceive of the greatest uncharted landscape we know: space.

Trip Overview

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Location: Canyonlands National Park
Type: Rafting/ Naturalist 
Length: 10 Days
Date: Sept 10-19, 2020
Meet At: Green River, UT 8:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 12
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • A whole new side of Cataract Canyon viewed from the Green River
  • A truly immersive experience with 10 days to disconnect
  • Enough time to dig into the depths of the cosmos
  • Unforgettable whitewater

Trip Price & Departure Date

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10 Day Trip

$2,025.00 Adult

2020 Trip Date

Sept 10-19, 2020

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This trip, contrary to our traditional Cataract Canyon Trip, will start on the Green River side of the drainage and wind though Stillwater Canyon before reaching the confluence of the Colorado River. We will then continue through Cataract Canyon and take-out in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on ‘Lake’ Powell.

Itinerary

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One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary.  It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river.  This typical itinerary illustrates a five-day trip through Desolation and Gray canyons.  In August, we lengthen the Desolation Canyon trip by one day and follow this general itinerary.

Day 1-4: Labyrinth Canyon We will push off from the put in at Ruby Ranch and civilization behind us and slowly wrap through a rarely visited section of the green river & Labyrinth canyon. Slowly the canyon will rise up from the earth and close in around you transporting you from alien flat-lands of the upper section to breathtaking red-canyon walls with exquisite side stops like Trin Alcove, 10 mile Canyon and Bowknot Bend. Around lunchtime on the 5th day of the trip, we will encounter Mineral Bottom and folks last chance to make a run for town, from here on out our fates belong to the rapids of Cataract to come.

Day 5-6: Stillwater Canyon Spend tranquil days enjoying the continued flat water and secret tiered grottoes of Stillwater Canyon. Wander around a gigantic abandoned meander & discover for yourself the incredible signs of Ancestral Puebloan peoples.  Dive into a side canyon and lose yourself in native plant species, holding the desert together. Rediscover this amazing place with new eyes. Eat delicious meals along vast sandbars & beaches. 

Days 7-9: Cataract Canyon Enter the heart of Canyonlands National Park at the confluence of the Green and  mighty Colorado Rivers. This auspicious place marks the beginning of Cataract Canyon. A few short miles of flat water downstream and an ominous thunder can be heard downstream; the fated “cataracts” are soon to come! Thirty plus rapids quickly wake you up from a week of flat water. These massive wave-trains and churning holes are an epic crescendo for this extended excursion.  

Day 10: Narrow & Glen Canyons After your harrowing rapid run, spend a day decompressing through Narrow Canyon,  aptly named for the incredibly straight and austere walls hugging the river below. Aided by motorboat “Seldom Seen” during higher lake levels, you’ll finish the trip at Hite Take-out. A two-hour drive bringing you back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience.  It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do.  Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

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