Green River Rafting Labyrinth Canyon Stargazing Trip

Few places on the planet offer the serene hush offered in Labyrinth Canyon.  A 4-6 day stretch of the Green River through tranquil flat-water gives your mind a chance to unwind from the rush of your life back home.  And on this specialty stargazing trip, there is the added benefit of a star-expert coming along for the ride. Spend your daytime hiking Trin-alcove, Bow-knot Bend or some other fantastic side excursion; your afternoons floating through red-rock wonder and your evenings letting your eyes re-adjust upwards in one of the darkest parts of the night sky left in the lower 48 states.  With the naked eye or binoculars, your guides will lead you through an intimate encounter with the universe while feeding you delicious meals to recharge you from the hiking and taking care of pretty much any creature comfort along the way.

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Naturalist

  • Location:

    Canyonlands National Park

  • Length:

    5 Days

  • Dates:

    September 10-14

  • Meet at:

    Green River, UT @ 8:00am

  • Difficulty:

    Beginner

  • Min. Age:

    8

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Meditative flat-water
  • Perfect for inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Classic red-rock canyon country
  • Tons of side-canyons and unique hike opportunities
  • A hidden remote treasure in the heart of the Colorado Plateau
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Rates & Dates

5 Day

  • Adult:
  • $980
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $980
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $980
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $980
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2020
  • September
  • 10

Itinerary

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 trip through Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River.  This is one of the most spectacular Canyons on the Colorado Plateau system.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet group at Holiday River Expeditions headquarters in Green River, Utah.  The put-in marks the spot that was once used as a crossing for explorers and settlers traveling on the Spanish Trail.  The river is peaceful as it winds through the lowlands past Dellenbaugh Butte and Crystal Geyser.

Day 2-4:

The River quietly enters Labyrinth Canyon and with each mile the surrounding cliffs become more dramatic.  A hike up Trin-Alcove reveals a menagerie of desert wildlife.  A panel of Indian petroglyphs can be seen just off river.

Inscriptions on the canyon walls mark the passage of French trapper Denis Julien.  Vistas mark the majestic hike over Bowknot Bend.  River Register reveals the signature of many other early river runners.

Day 5:

Take out at Mineral Bottom will take you through redrock canyons on switchback roads.

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!

Situated due north of Canyonlands National Park, Labyrinth Canyon has been part of Wilderness Study Areas for decades.  This relatively untapped stretch of the Green River provides 68 miles of abundant arid beauty and wide open spaces for night sky viewing.

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by Bill Rawsky on Holiday River Expeditions

We were with Bonnie Carol's Moons & Tunes on June 8-12 Don't know how you could have done anything better - great trip! This was our first raft trip, so we didn't know what to expect. We were absolutely thrilled with all aspects of the trip. Our guides were knowledgeable, professional and fun, as well as being awesome cooks! It was a great experience. Thanks, Holiday!

by Pam Graham on Holiday River Expeditions

Bonnie Carol does a great job of organizing trips Guides were excellent. Susan did an excellent job leading the trip. Everyone was wonderful dealing with my 8 yr old granddaughter. She loved them. I appreciated all the women on the team for the 3 girls

by Max Krimmel on Holiday River Expeditions

I can’t promise you’ll rise before sun up just to see the first light on the canyon walls. I can’t promise you’ll hike further up a side canyon than even your guides have ever been, then slide through a rapid like cream cheese on a bagel. I can’t promise a storm so thick you can’t see the other boats, with hail so hard it hurts and enough water to bring cascades free falling hundreds of feet from the canyon rim to the canyon floor, then fill a wash, that hasn’t felt water in years, to bank full. I can’t promise the sun will break through or a rainbow downstream. I can’t promise you Ravens, Hawks, Herons, Eagles, Avocets, Otters, Beaver, Bobcats, Big Horn, Bears, and Mountain Lions or even their tracks. I can’t promise a camp of camaraderie, laughter and praise for a day well spent. I can’t promise you’ll fall asleep to a chorus of frogs and cicadas under a sky so dark you can see Andromeda, only to awake in a few hours to see the moonlight creep down the sides of the canyon just as the sunlight did so long, long ago.

No, I can’t promise you’ll experience any of this. But I can promise if you don’t go, you won’t experience it. So the main thing is -

You’ve got to go.

Max Krimmel - Moons and Tunes

by Judy Gunkler on Holiday River Expeditions

Excellent guides! Delicious meals! The food was amazing. Hard to imagine what they could accomplish outdoors with no modern conveniences.

The guides were fabulous and special in many ways like Mac helping me down the rocks, Pete playing his recorder which echoed on the canyon rocks, and all the little ways they did special things for us. Susan was a great leader and everyone worked well together.

The trip definitely exceeded my expectations!