The San Juan River

The Upper Canyon of the SAN JUAN RIVER

Sand Island (Bluff) to Mexican Hat, Utah

Flowing from its headwaters in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to its confluence in Glen Canyon with the Colorado River, the San Juan River holds intriguing stories and lessons that will unfold during our river trip.  With our talented and fun-loving CFI naturalists-guides, you will explore world-famous rock art panels, Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites and hear stories early settlers and river explorers On short hikes from the river, we see dramatic geological features, fossils and intriguing plant communities; we may see bighorn sheep!  There will be quiet and time for personal reflection as well as an opportunity to learn river-running skills, to relax, or to simply soak up the surrounding beauty.

San Juan River Lower Canyon River Trip

Mexican Hat to Clay Hills, Utah

This popular 56 mile stretch is famous for geologic wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, mild/moderate rapids and flat water.  The first night orientation at a motel in Bluff, UT is followed by our river trip in the stunning Goosenecks Section of the lower San Juan Canyon, a remote wilderness setting.  We will use a combination of oar-powered and either paddle raft or inflatable kayaks depending on the season, water flow, group size and interest.

Flowing from its headwaters in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to its confluence in Glen Canyon with the Colorado River, the San Juan River holds intriguing stories and lessons that will unfold during our river trip.  CFI naturalists/guides will explore the remarkable geology of the canyon, intriguing plant communities and the interactions of people and the landscape.  There will be quiet and time for personal reflection as well as an opportunity to learn river-running skills, to relax, or to simply soak up the surrounding beauty.

River trips on the San Juan are available for families or groups seeking a private custom trip.