Bears Ears National Monument


4 days, 3 nights


April 21-24, Sept. 28th - Oct. 1

Meeting Place

Wild Expeditions - Bluff, Utah


$1339/adult and $1299/15 & younger

San Juan River Backpacking Tourist Photo

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Dates vary based on permit availability.




This is our signature Grand Gulch experience. Hike into the rarely traveled section of Grand Gulch down to the San Juan river. At the river, we’ll have boats and a steak dinner waiting for everyone who makes the trip. If you don’t want to join the guided hike, but would like a ride out on the river give us a call.





Day 1:

Meet at Wild Expeditions in Bluff, Utah at 8 am. After introductions with your guides, they’ll go over gear to ensure that everyone has what they need. You are welcome to use your own gear or we can supplement any gear you need, just let us know ahead of time. We’ll then load up the van and head to the Kane Gulch Ranger station about 45 minutes drive. Here we’ll check in and watch a short video about Grand Gulch and etiquette for the duration of our trip.


We’ll enter Grand Gulch via the Collins Spring trail which was once an old cattle trail used for bringing cows in and out of the canyon. Along the way, we’ll check out some cool old cowboy camps and their old junk, also known as artifacts. Reaching the main canyon we head south towards the river and we’ll eat lunch at a place known as the Narrows. We rarely see footprints beyond the narrows and we’ll take several stops along the way to see some unique and amazing rock art. Our goal for the day is to set up camp near Water canyon.


Day 2:

Come sunrise, time allows us to leave the packs and go for a hike into Water Canyon. Another short walk down Grand Gulch and we’ll take time for another side hike into Red Man canyon. From here it’s another 3 miles to Shaw/Grand Arch where will set up camp nearby. The canyon here is very deep and spectacular.


Day 3:

From Grand Arch to the river is approximately 6 miles and very rugged. One pour off can be difficult to get around and we will bring a rope to lower packs and a couple light-weight harnesses in case we decide to lower any people. For most people, it is possible to carefully scurry down a rock fall on the west side of the dry-fall. Surprisingly we often see running water in this section of the canyon and it is not much further to the river. At the river, we will have boats waiting and the boatmen will have a cowboy style dutch-oven dinner of potatoes, steak and peach cobbler. This night you’ll remember the rest of your life as you take in the scenery over a well-deserved meal.


Day 4:

Morning light you’ll find the boatmen cooking up a delicious breakfast and hot coffee. The morning we’ll spend floating the last 12 miles of the lower San Juan River to Clay Hills takeout. These last 12 miles are some of the most scenic views of the entire San Juan corridor. Once reaching Clay Hills we’ll load up the boats and bring everyone back to our shop in Bluff.



Itineraries subject to change based on group interest and fitness levels. The itinerary is possible to do in reverse if needed due to permit availability. Custom trips available for fit groups that wish to go a faster/slower pace or explore more. Getting a boat to Grand Gulch is ~46 river miles. This takes most groups 3-4 days. For people interested in joining us for dinner at Grand Gulch and the boat ride out, but don’t wish to hike with the group please contact us by phone 435-672-2244.

What’s Included:

-Expert Guides

-Backpacks, stoves, water purifiers, sleeping bags, tents, pads.

-3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners

-Trail snacks


Meeting Place


Wild Expeditions

2625 South Highway 191

Bluff, Utah 84512


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