Upper Canyon; 8 miles from Bluff to Comb Ridge
9 am - 3 pm; Daily
Wild Expeditions - Bluff, Utah
$199/adult, $139/15 & Under
This trip is for those that want to see the amazing archaeology on the San Juan, but don’t have time for the full day rafting trip. Everyone will paddle their own tandem inflatable kayaks down the San Juan stopping at the world-class Butler Wash rock art panel and then down to Comb Ridge. Here at Comb Ridge lunch will be waiting under the cottonwoods where we’ll roll up the kayaks and jump in our H1 Hummer. You’ll ride in the Hummer up a 4x4 only road to visit River House ruin and afterward return to Bluff via a road that is only accessible to serious off-road capable vehicles.
Meeting at our Wild Expeditions shop in Bluff, Utah we will load the vans at 9 am and head to Sand Island. Here everyone will learn how to paddle a kayak and after a short safety orientation with your guide we are on the river. The San Juan is a beautiful float and great for all paddling skill levels. Guides will teach you all you need to know and lead you down the river. The first float is approximately one hour on calm, but quick moving water. We’ll float along towering sandstone cliffs and often see many different types of birds. Mid-April thru June this is a great trip for birders. 6 miles down-stream we will beach the kayaks and go for a short hike to view one of the largest rock art panels in North America. The Big Kachina Panel aka Lower Butler Wash panel has rock art dating back to 2000 B.C. and your guide will teach you about the different figures engraved on the wall.
After photographing and viewing the panel we’ll jump back in the kayaks and paddle another two miles down to where the river cuts through Comb Ridge. Here we will pull the kayaks off the water to find lunch waiting for us under a giant cottonwood tree. While you’re enjoying a yummy fresh lunch the guides will deflate and roll up the kayaks and load them in the custom trailer that we pull behind our H1 Hummer. After lunch, we’ll jump in the Hummer and cruise up a 4x4 only road to see a two-story cliff dwelling called River House Ruin. Here we will get up close and personal with a cliff dwelling reminisce of Mesa Verde National Park. This is a very photogenic ruin and your guides will teach you about the different rooms and architecture of this one of kind site.
Then we are back in the Hummer for our tour back along Comb Ridge on part of the Historic Hole in the Rock Pioneer trail. We will pass San Juan Hill and stop briefly to see the road built by pioneers in 1880 when settlers originally settled Bluff Fort. The road then crosses the wash more times than you can count as we weave in and out of tamarisk and willows following a fun roller coaster of a ride along Comb Ridge back into Bluff.
This tour captures the best archaeology seen on our full day rafting trip and experience riding in one of the most capable 4x4 vehicles on the planet.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
This trip is for those that want to see the amazing archaeology on the San Juan, but don’t have time for the full day trip. Everyone will paddle their own tandem inflatable kayaks down the San Juan stopping at the world class Butler Wash rock art panel and then down to Comb Ridge where we’ll roll up the kayaks and jump in our H1 Hummer.
FULL DAY RAFTING