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.
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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
Upper Canyon, Sand Island to Mexican Hat
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 26 miles
Wild Rivers Expeditions - Bluff, Utah
$175/adult and $133/15 & Under
Additional $10/person BLM Permit
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, where we'll see desert bighorn sheep and 300 million year-old fossils. A full day and 26 miles in length, this is a great trip for those with limited time.
Our one-day adventure is great for archaeology or geology buffs, first time boaters or travelers with limited time. We journey down a 26-mile section of the San Juan river in about 8 hours, making numerous stops to hike to nearby archaeological sites and fossil outcroppings as we travel through a dramatic variety of landscape and history. Most trips see native desert bighorn sheep feeding or bedding immediately adjacent to the river. Waterfowl, raptors and songbirds abound.
We depart from Bluff at 8 a.m., via Wild Rivers vans, to the Sand Island launch ramp 4 miles west of Bluff. At the river, after safely packing away your cameras and sunscreen in dry bags, and a brief orientation on river safety, we're off!
For the first few miles, the surrounding country is open. The river carries us past orange and black-streaked sandstone outcroppings. This was the home of the Anasazi, the ancient desert farming culture who lived in this area eight to twenty centuries ago. Evidence of their time here is all around us in the remains of their dwellings and the art they carved in the smooth sandstone walls rising around us.
The Butler Wash petroglyph panel is our first stop. Only a few feet from the river's edge, this broad panel is filled with mysterious images pecked by the early Anasazi, theBasketmakers,s some 1500 years ago.
Journeying a little further down river, we land again and make a quarter mile hike to "River House," a Pueblo III style cliff dwelling. This structure has a small round kiva and several adjoining rooms tucked into a rock alcove. It is estimated to be about 800 years old. After we finish exploring this site we continue down the river and find a shady spot to eat our lunch, under the canopy of a cottonwood.
When our journey continues, the rock formations begin to take prominence as the river enters the Monument Upwarp, a giant wrinkle in the skin of the earth. Then we pass through the Comb Ridge Monocline and the Lime Ridge Anticline. The river here narrows and cuts a deep canyon into 300 million year old Pennsylvanian limestone, and the current quickens as small rapids and riffles rock the boat. Near "8-Foot Rapid," the undulating pattern in the rock reveals the presence of "bioherms," porous mounds in an ancient shallow sea that act as reservoir rock, "capturing" oil which is found in abundance in this area.
If we're lucky, we may get a glimpse of several Desert Bighorn Sheep as they graze above us on narrow rock shelves or a beaver napping under a ledge. Mid-afternoon, we stop to look for fossils in the limestone.
As we near the end of our trip the river leaves the canyon and we pass beneath the balanced slab of "Mexican Hat" rock. Our next landing ends our river trip where Wild Rivers vans are waiting to transport us back toBluff,f offering further opportunities to view the dramatic red rock of the Valley of the Gods and a very different passage through Comb ridge than our river trip allowed. We arrive back in Bluff around 5 p.m. and our adventure has come to a finish.
During higher flows we will row the rafts, while at lower flows we will use small motors, enabling us to cover the same section of river throughout the season.
-Ancient rock carvings & ruins
-4 foot, 8 foot and ledge rapids