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Off the Map: Rafting & Stargazing in Canyonlands National Park

Explore one of the most remote spots in the Lower 48 by raft. Learn about the ecosystem that surrounds these secluded landscapes and study astronomy as you admire star-spangled skies.
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Program No. 23013RJ
Length
10 days
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2,999
Utah

Off the Map: Rafting & Stargazing in Canyonlands National Park

Explore one of the most remote spots in the Lower 48 by raft. Learn about the ecosystem that surrounds these secluded landscapes and study astronomy as you admire star-spangled skies.
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10 days
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2,999
Program No. 23013 RJ
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At a Glance

From Salt Lake City, journey by coach, van and raft to reach Cataract Canyon, the most remote location in the Lower 48. It’s here where you’ll connect with your surroundings during explorations into what the ancient Puebloan peoples deemed “the center of the universe.” On an invigorating learning adventure, raft with the only outfitter that rows the river, instead of by noisy motor, and move with the natural rhythm of the Colorado River. Enjoy fascinating – and sometimes challenging – hikes through riverside forests and to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes, all while gaining extensive knowledge of the geology and ecology of this untouched wilderness. At the end of each day you’ll be reminded of your escape from the sounds and lights of the city as you camp under millions of sparkling stars in this International Dark Sky Park, and immerse yourself in the beauty of our world.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience exciting rafting adventures, as you raft down the Colorado River and enjoy fascinating lessons on its vibrant ecosystems.
  • Learn about astronomy as your instructors help you identify stars and constellations in the Canyonlands National Park’s pristine night sky.
  • Unplug from the bustle of modern life as you camp in tents amid the tranquility of the Colorado River’s beaches and enjoy the peacefulness of the environment.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions. All rafting and camping supplies provided. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Belknap's Waterproof Desolation River Guide
by Buzz Belknap & Loie Belknap Evans
The Educated Outlaw
by Harvey Lay Murdock
Life in Stone: Fossils of the Colorado Plateau
by Christa Sadler
Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River
by Ellen Meloy
More than a century after John Wesley Powell launched his boat on the Green River, Ellen Meloy spent eight years of seasonal floats through Utah's Desolation Canyon with her husband, a federal river ranger. She came to know the history and natural history of this place well enough to call it home, and has recorded her observations in a book that is as wide-ranging as the river and as wild as the wilderness through which it runs.
Exploration of the Colorado River and It's Canyons
by John Wesley Powell
Desolation and Gray Canyons
by Felix E. Mutschler





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