EXPLORE THE

SAN JUAN CANYONS

The San Juan River offers world class Utah river rafting and 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.

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.

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.

San Juan River & Hummer Cliff Dwelling Expedition

Location

8 mile float from Sand Island to Comb Ridge

Duration

9am-3:30 pm daily

Price

$199 - Adults
$139 - 15/under
*Additional $10/River Permit Per Person

3-day River Journey – Bluff to Mexican Hat

Location

Upper Canyon, 27 miles from Bluff to Mexican Hat

Duration

Three days, two nights

Price

$749 - Adults
$609 - 15/under
*Additional $10 River Permit and $12 Navajo Land Permit. Sleep Kits Available for $30/per person (+$15 for a private tent).

4-day River Journey – Mexican Hat to Clay Hills

Location

Lower Canyon, 57 miles from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills

Duration

Four Days, Three Nights.
8:30am Day 1 to 4pm Day 4

Price

$999 - Adults
$849 - 15/under
Additional $20 River Permit Fee. Sleep Kits Available for $30/per person (+$15 for a private tent).

7-day River Journey – Bluff to Clay Hills

Location

84 miles from Bluff to Clay Hills

Duration

7 days / 6 nights
8:30am Day 1 to 4pm Day 7

Price

$1669 - Adults
$1416 - 15/under
*Additional $30 River Permit and $12 Navajo Land Permit. Sleep Kits Available for $30/per person (+$15 for a private tent).

State Route 95 Road Closure

Thank you for visiting our website, we have some important information for you that may affect your touring plans into San Juan County, Bears Ears National Monument & Cedar Mesa.

State Route 95 Road Closure

As of August 6, 2021, The Utah Department of Transportation has extended the closure of the Cottonwood Wash Bridge on State Route 95 west of Blanding for an additional 60 days.

Three of our land-based tours have been affected by this road closure: Intro to Bears Ears, Arch Canyon UTV Excursion, and House of Fire. 

The current closure of SR-95 extends approximately 28 miles from the junction of U.S. Highway 191 to SR-261. UDOT crews have deployed portable electronic message boards from several maintenance stations in southern Utah to key highway junctions to help inform motorists of the closure.

Public inquiries regarding the bridge repair project may be sent to [email protected]. For the latest on Utah road and traffic conditions please visit udottraffic.utah.gov or check the UDOT Traffic App.

If you have any questions about our region please don't hesitate to contact us at 435/672-2477 or 435/672-2244. There is no better place on earth to social distance than basking in the beautiful backcountry of Bears Ears National Monument. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to serving you soon!

Wild Expeditions

Notices for all three tours that are affected by the road closures

Notice for Intro to Bears Ears

Due to the road closure of State Route 95 between the U.S. Highway 191 to SR-261 we are not able to offer the Intro to Bears Ears Tour.

As an alternative we recommend the Monarch Cave & Wolfman Panel hiking tour.

Additional hikes we recommend are side hikes into Comb Ridge/Butler Wash.

Notice for House of Fire

Due to the road closure of State Route 95 between the U.S. Highway 191 to SR-261 we are not able to offer the House of Fire Tour.

As an alternative we recommend the Monarch Cave & Wolfman Panel hiking tour or the River House UTV Excursion.

Additional hikes we recommend are side hikes into Comb Ridge/Butler Wash.

Notice for Arch Canyon UTV Excursion

Due to the road closure of State Route 95 between the U.S. Highway 191 to SR-261 we are not able to offer the Arch Canyon UTV Excursion.

As an alternative we recommend the River House UTV Excursion.

We also recommend side hikes into Comb Ridge/Butler Wash.