Travel the San Juan River on a rented raft or kayak. Enjoy the river with a friend in a tandem inflatable kayak or canoe. Not interesting enough? Try paddleboarding for a bit more fun.
Anyone can traverse the country with a motor. Show your leg power by riding one of our mountain bikes to a favorite destination or on a high mountain trail or even through a canyon bottom.
These are the perfect vehicles for exploring the backcountry roads of San Juan County.
Rentals include map of recommended trails and roads.
Must be 25 or older to rent.
MT BIKE RENTALS
The San Juan's upper canyon is an outdoor museum of archaeology, geology and natural history. Ruins and petroglyph panels abound while the textbook geology provides for fascinating learning and stunning red rock scenery. Three days exploring the upper canyon affords time to explore these wonders...
A popular trip among hikers or those seeking a more leisurely pace, our four day trip provides ample time for both. In addition to our guides' unparalleled interpretation of the upper canyon's rock art, cliff dwellings and textbook geology, hikers will enjoy treks up Comb Ridge, Chinle Wash, the Diatreme...
Float through the deep "Goosenecks" section of the San Juan's Lower Canyon. Rim out on the Honaker Trail. Explore the side canyons of Slickhorn, Grand Gulch and others. Water-sculpted side canyons with pools, falls and hanging gardens. 58 miles of solitude and canyon splendor.
A relaxed itinerary is perfectly suited to the lower canyon's stunning aesthetic. One of the most beautiful river reaches in North America, our five-day trip affords ample time to explore its wonderful side canyons. Lovers of canyon country will be moved by this wonderful float.
This is the classic adventure where you'll see more of what the San Juan has to offer. The longer the trip, the better. Highly recommended if you want the total experience. The seven-day trip is our most popular.
Our-ten day trip combines a leisurely pace with a thorough exploration of the upper and lower canyons. Ten days affords a relaxed pace and plenty of time to explore archaeological sites and side canyons. For hikers or those who simply seek to fall into the rhythm of life on the river, this is the ultimate San Juan trip...
This is, hands down, the best one-day river trip available in the West. In the morning we make two stops to learn about the Butler Wash petroglyph panel and River House cliff dwelling. We'll enjoy a fresh gourmet lunch under the cottonwoods before entering a limestone chasm for the afternoon...
A calm and peaceful 7 mile float on the San Juan river right here in Bluff. Choose an inflatable kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Paddle boats or rafts are available for large groups. This is a family favorite for splashing and swimming or can be a peaceful float. There are no rapids in this section of the river. This is a great way to cool off and swim after a morning hike or our half day canyoneering trip.
UPPER CANYON 3-DAY
UPPER CANYON 4-DAY
LOWER CANYON 4-DAY
LOWER CANYON 5-DAY
FULL CANYON 7-DAY
FULL CANYON 10-DAY
Ride in our H1 Hummer through Comb Ridge and down a rough washed out streambed along the historic Hole in the Rock Trail to San Juan Hill and River House ruin. San Juan Hill was the road built by pioneers in 1880 to get over the top of Comb Ridge. We’ll then venture further along the river to River House Ruin.
FAT BIKES ON COMB RIDGE
MT BIKE TOURS
DAY HIKING TRIPS
Butler Wash, Wolfman Panel, Monarch Cave
3-4 Hours. Departs at 9 am and 1 pm.
Wild Rivers Expeditions - Bluff, Utah
$89/adult and $69/15 & Under
(10% discount for groups of 6+)
Spend half your day exploring ruins and rock art along Butler Wash near Bluff, Utah. Our expert guides will teach you about the Ancestral Puebloan culture and get you up close to several different sites. We will hike ~4 miles total. We will hike you up a canyon shaded by cottonwood trees to the Monarch Cave Ruin and another short hike to the Wolfman Panel. These are our favorite two sites in Butler Wash and there are many more! If you have particular sites you wish to get to give us a call.
Meet at Wild Rivers Expeditions 15 minutes before your departure time. You can fill you water bottles and your guide will answer any questions about the day. Trips leave at 9 am and again at 1 pm. Call for additional custom times if these do not fit your schedule. We’ll load up and 5 minutes out of town we are on the Butler Wash Road. Depending on road conditions we’ll be at our trailhead about 30 minutes from leaving our shop. We’ll take it easy hiking along the bottom of a shady canyon. This trail is mostly flat walking, but there are several short rocky and steep climbs. We believe everyone can do it and your guide will lend a hand to anyone in need. Hiking sticks are a good idea unless you’re a mountain goat. The trail ends at a large ruin site called Monarch Cave. Before hiking near the ruins your guide will talk about respecting the site and leaving all artifacts where they lay. We’ll get to see pictographs, artifacts and dwelling walls still standing since roughly 700 A.D. This is an outdoor museum and your guide will be teach as much as you want to hear.
After we’ve taken a break here and filled up those cameras with photos we’ll hike back along the same trail back to the vehicle. On the ride back to Bluff we’ll stop off at another short hike to a large rock art panel called the Wolf Man Panel. This is a unique panel and doesn’t match many of the styles found in the region. Depending on season we may reverse the orders of these two hikes.
If you choose to explore sites along Butler Wash on your please remember to respect the sites. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos. Don’t touch the ruins or the rockart and watch where you are walking. The Four Corners Region is the richest archeological resource in the US and is in danger of being loved to death. Let’s all do our part to protect these areas for future generations and visit responsibly.