White Rim Trail Stargazing Trip

Stargazing, mountain biking, yoga, AND the White Rim Trail? This trip is designed to bring you the best of, well, the best of everything! Follow our expert guides around the best scenic mountain biking terrain in Canyonlands National Park. The White Rim Trail was built in the 1950s to access rocks rich in uranium; the mining days are long over, but the terrain is as spectacular as it’s always been. Add to that the incredible quality of the night skies (with our resident star expert to guide you) and a professional yoga instructor to help you stretch it out at the end of the day, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable experience.

The White Rim covers approximately 80 miles of undulating 4×4 terrain along a white sandstone bench. Suspended halfway between the Island in the Sky and the Colorado and Green rivers, the White Rim accesses fun hikes and side rides of all lengths. We’ll see arches and towers, monuments and pinnacles, and set up our camps on the edge of the world, with sweeping panoramic views of both land and sky. Biking allows us to cover terrain quickly enough to see a variety of landscapes, but at a pace slow enough to take it all in.

Balance the days’ riding with some optional guided yoga sessions with Jennifer Gilmore. We’ve also planned this trip to coincide with a new moon, the better to experience the the detailed canopy of the universe above us. Our in-house astro-wiz will share colorful stories of the night sky. Tap into your natural sense of awe and wonder each night of this trip. Join us for this unique desert adventure: stargazing, mountain biking, and yoga in Canyonlands National Park.

Want to know more? Check out our Insider’s Guide to Biking the White Rim Trail.

Featured Review:

“Everything about this trip surprised me! The riding is fantastic and the scenery is spectacular. Our guides tended to every need and the meals were delicious. We’ll be back for sure!” (Darren Bowles)

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Stargazing

  • Location:

    Canyonlands National Park

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Dates:

    Oct 9-12, 2021

  • Meet at:

    Green River, UT @ 7:00am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    14

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Featured on the KUED and Salt Lake Tribune "Bucket List" series
  • Experience Utah's iconic multi-day bike trail
  • Human-powered, active vacation through Canyonlands National Park
  • Epic night skies in one of Utah's International Dark Sky Parks
  • Learn about the universe from an expert star guide
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon yoga sessions
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Rates & Dates

4-days

  • Adult:
  • $975
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $975
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $975
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $975
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2021
  • Oct 9-12

Itinerary

The White Rim Trail etches an 86-mile line around the midsection of the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands National Park. Pedal along gentle, hard-packed doubletrack punctuated with a few significant climbs, steep downhills, and areas of loose rock and sand (most technically challenging sections are short and can be easily walked). Your endurance is rewarded with endless stunning views, unique rock formations, and incredible cultural sites.

Sample Itinerary

Please note: this is a sample itinerary. Our White Rim itineraries my vary depending on assigned campsites as well as the interests/abilities of the group, not to mention weather and other unforeseeable elements. Expect to ride 15 to 30 miles per day.

Day 1:

Meet us at our Green River, Utah, headquarters (7:00 a.m., Mountain Time). We’ll help you organize your gear (we suggest packing a small day bag and a larger overnight bag; the overnight bag will be packed lower in the gear van, whereas the day bag will be accessible all day). Fill up your water bottles and make any last-minute purchases from our accessories store (see our packing checklist for items we have at our store). Before we go, we’ll perform a pre-trip inspection of everyone’s 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. If your bike does not pass our basic safety inspection, we’ll ask you to rent a Holiday bike for $180.00/person.

Business concluded, we’re off! It’s a 90-minute drive, first east on I-70, and then south on US-191 toward Moab, and finally we’ll turn off onto UT-313, into the heart of Canyonlands National Park. We’ll start with a fun, fast downhill ride along the switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. The trail levels off after that, and we’ll enjoy lunch while sitting on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Colorado River. Visit Musselman Arch, then ride up and over a small pass to our camp at Airport Butte. Stretch out under the stars as night falls and enjoy the rare experience of simply watching it get dark. Which planetary object will become visible first?

Day 2:

Salute the sun in a morning yoga session, then start riding with a nice, rolling ride toward the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Take a side ride out to White Crack and marvel at the place where ranchers blasted a trail through the White Rim and down toward the river. After lunch, we’ll start the gradual climb to the top of Murphy’s Hogback. Challenge yourself to ride the final hill up to our campsite, which overlooks the Needles and Maze districts. We’ll be on top of the world!

Day 3:

This morning we’ll get to ride back down the other side of Murphy’s and around the edges of Soda Spring Basin. Pause to hike down into Holman Canyon, or take a short walk out to Black Crack and fantastic views of Turk’s Head and the Green River. Camp tonight among the cottonwood trees of Potato Bottom and look for the Andromeda Galaxy through binoculars.

Day 4:

Fuel up for the day with omelets made to order, then ride up Hardscrabble Hill. Have fun on the long descent on the other side, and then cruise the flow-y river bottom terrain past Upheaval Dome. We’ll have one last lunch together before tackling the final climb of the trip: the Mineral Bottom Road. Our passenger van will meet us at the top for the two-hour drive back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that each trip’s itinerary will vary widely based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the trail.

Most of the White Rim trail consists of mellow double-track with a hard, rocky surface or graded gravel. In some sections you will encounter loose rock and sand, and there are three significant climbs followed by steep downhills, but these more challenging parts are relatively short and easy to walk if you are not comfortable riding.

Riders who have never ridden off-road before or who are not in good athletic shape will likely find this trip challenging. Even those riders with more experience will find the trip most enjoyable if they spend some time biking on a regular basis before the trip.

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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!

by Todd & Aimee Burrows on Holiday River Expeditions

Canyonlands is amazingly beautiful because of Mother Nature. Our trip was amazingly fun because the office staff was accommodating and responsive when we were making our plans and the guides were well-prepared when we were out in the desert. Twelve friends will treasure this outing.

by Cheryl DeVault on Holiday River Expeditions

A wonderful experience and worth every penny that I spent for the trip. I felt like it was an emotional kick start in my life. It was an excellent trip. Thank you!