White Rim Trail Stargazing Trip

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Stargaze on the White Rim Trail – About This Trip

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This White Rim Trail stargazing mountain bike tour leads you through Canyonlands National Park, which was recently certified as a “Dark Sky Park” by the International Dark Sky Association.  We will not only leave our cares in the dust on an exhilarating and scenic bike-tour; but at night we will explore the Milky Way, see the Andromeda Galaxy, watch satellites and meteors, and learn constellations. With both binoculars and naked eyes we can open our imaginations up to the stars.  Additionally, on these Moab area mountain biking trips, we will also haul along a nice telescope to peer even deeper into the abyss. The White Rim Trail Stargazing trip is a great opportunity to experience the quality mountain biking Moab has to offer while exploring the night sky with a star guide from Clark Planetarium. 

***The Bicycling:  The White Rim bike route is a technically challenging route.  This undeveloped dirt road has steep downhills, loose rocks, sand, and ruts.  Riders who have no off-road bicycling experience, or who are not athletic will most likely find this trip too challenging.  All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip.

Trip Overview

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Location: Canyonlands National Park
Type: Biking/ Naturalist
Length: 3 Days
Date: April 27-30
Meet At: Green River, Utah 7:00 am
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 12
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • Stand 1000 feet above the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers
  • One of the most popular multi-day Moab bike tours
  • Wide open night skies unfettered by canyons in a Dark Sky Park
  • Enjoy white rim stars at night with a star guide

Trip Price & Departure Date

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3 Day
Per person $820

$10 Park Entrance Fee

2019 Trip Date

April 27-30

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The White Rim Trail Mountain bike tour is located in the heart of Canyonlands National Park. You will enter on one side or the other of the "Island in the Sky" or the land-locked triangle between the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. 

Itinerary

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One of the advantages of Moab mountain bike tours 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 in the area.  This typical itinerary illustrates a bike trip through the Island in the Sky District.  The White Rim Trail trip itinerary will vary with the time of season, weather conditions on the trip, and scheduling of campsites.

Meet group at Holiday River Expeditions headquarters (7:00 a.m., Mountain Time), we will issue your bags.  You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of items you can find at our store).  Before leaving our headquarters, each guest along with a Holiday guide will perform a pre-trip inspection of your bikes.  If you are providing your own bike, please make sure that it is in good repair, we recommend a complete service by a professional shop prior to the trip.  Guests with bikes’ that fail our inspection will be asked to rent a Holiday bike for $160.00/person.

Day 1: A two-hour van ride to the head of the Shafer Trail marks the start of the trip.  The first day's ride will take the group down the switchbacks of the Shafer trail before cutting back south toward Musselman Arch. The trail continues to wind southward as it follows the meandering course of the Colorado River.  Camp on this evening is made at (or near) Gooseberry Canyon.  As night falls, you'll experience the most incredible starry night sky that you've ever seen.

Day 2:  Our ride will take us over undulating roads past the white, sandstone-capped monoliths of Monument and Twin basins.  Then in the afternoon, up to Murphy's Hogback, the first of this trips’ two challenging uphill stretches. After conquering the hill we will set camp for the night.  More stargazing with the help of our star guide.

Day 3: By the morning of this day the trail has turned back north and is following the contours of the Green River.  We ride around the labyrinths of Soda Springs Basin and by Candlestick Tower before reaching Potato bottom, where we camp for the night.  Another opportunity for stargazing!

Day 4:  This morning we will tackle the challenging Hardscrabble incline and visit prehistoric Indian ruins at a lookout point above Fort Bottom.  After descending from Hardscrabble Ridge to river bottom, we will follow the Green River to Mineral Canyon. Our vans will meet us for a 2-hour drive back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 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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Average rating:  
 5 reviews
by Eric Klostermann on Holiday River Expeditions

This trip far exceeded my expectations. The terrain was stunningly beautiful and the guides could not have made the experience more enjoyable. Also, the group that came on the ride was exceptionally nice.

by Jeffrey Wolstenholme on Holiday River Expeditions

Changes in our plans due to trail conditions were handled very professionally and I never felt that our concerns were not of highest importance. I have participated in a variety of guided activities over many years. Julian and Sam as guides and Tim and Jessica as drivers were excellent. Could not have been more pleased with our guides.

by Grant Patton on Holiday River Expeditions

Amazing down hill stretches on the first and third days. Delicious food and beautiful views the entire journey! Grueling up hill battles are few and far between, but they make the descents that follow much more rewarding. I am a better human being for having gone on this ADVENTURE!

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