Lower Canyon, Mexican Hat to Clay Hills
4 Days, 3 Nights, 58 miles
Wild Rivers Expeditions - Bluff, Utah
$999/adult and $849/15 & Under
Additional $20/person BLM Permit
Night Before Departure:
You will meet at Wild Rivers in Bluff at 7:00 p.m. for the prelaunch orientation. Your trip leader will hand out waterproof bags and boxes. We can also supply sleeping bags, pads and tents, but be sure to reserve them in advance with our office.
We'll all meet at Wild Rivers at about 8:15 am, hop into our vans and head for Mexican Hat. Once we get to the BLM ramp in Mexican Hat we'll have a short orientation, then hit the river. Just a few hundred yards downstream from the launch ramp we'll run one of the lower San Juan's biggest rapids: Gypsum. We'll float downstream and stop for a hike over the saddle at Mendenhall Loop for a visit to an old prospector's cabin and lunch on the beach. Then we'll float through the famous Goosenecks of the San Juan for a first night camp at Honaker Trail.
After breakfast, we'll "rim-out" on the Honaker Trail. Honaker Trail is a historic mule trail built to supply gold prospectors on the San Juan a century ago. Once we make the rim we are rewarded with a panoramic view of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. You'll see Monument Valley, Cedar Mesa and the Valley of the Gods, among many other geological formations. Then we'll hike back down for lunch and spend the afternoon floating to Ross Rapid or John's Canyon for camp.
We hop into the boats after breakfast for a big water day running Government Rapid, the largest rapid on the Bluff to Clay Hills portion of the river. We'll lunch along the way and camp at Slickhorn Gulch. Slickhorn is one of the largest drainages into the San Juan and features beautifully carved grottos with springs and pools and hanging gardens of desert canyon vegetation. Slickhorn is one of our favorite places.
The Lower Canyon offers geology that can't be beaten. The rapids are larger in the Lower Canyon and it is much more remote. It is simply a beautiful place to be.
Twin Canyon Rapid
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.
UPPER CANYON 3-DAY
LOWER CANYON 4-DAY
FULL CANYON 7-DAY
FULL DAY RAFTING
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.
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