The San Juan River offers the adventure of a lifetime for all ages through one of the world’s greatest outdoor museums. We offer daily 8-hour trips up to 10-day expeditions. The longer the trip the more opportunity there is for hiking to ancient Puebloan sites to view rock art and cliff dwellings much like you’d see in Mesa Verde National Park. The San Juan river is divided into two different sections known as the Upper and Lower Canyon. The Upper Canyon trip starts in Bluff and floats 27 miles to Mexican Hat. The Lower canyon begins at Mexican Hat and floats 58 miles to Clay Hills crossing near the northern end of Lake Powell. We run river trips March - October.
UPPER RIVER TRIPS
Our day trips float the Upper canyon where we will hike the best of the ancient sites such as Big Kachina panel near Butler Wash and River House ruin which is a 2-story cliff dwelling. Other highlights include floating through the class 2 rapids in the canyon and taking pictures of Bighorn Sheep. We also offer a 3-day trip on the Upper stretch and would hike to lesser known sites such as Chinle Wash and perhaps Desecration panel. Camping along the river is serene and Wild Rivers guides will prepare the best meals you’ve ever eaten in the outdoors.
LOWER RIVER TRIPS
The Lower Canyon is known for its towering walls and meandering bends, including Goosenecks State Park. We’ll hike to old gold miners cabins and up the Honaker trail. At night we’ll enjoy the campfire and starry night skies. Other side canyons such as Slickhorn and Oljeto offer beautiful hikes and often are filled with clear swimming holes. The final days float through the Cedar Mesa sandstone is one of the most scenic sections of the entire river.
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