Private Upper San Juan River Trips

A 26-mile stretch famous for geological wonders, interesting side canyon hikes, and extensive prehistoric Indian rock art

Choose Your Dates and Explore the San Juan River with Your Family!

River Rafting, Kayaking, Camping and Hiking From Bluff to Mexican Hat, Utah

Experience a fun and active outdoor learning adventure! This is a great family trip and a gentle interaction with the outdoors. The river includes flat water and several small rapids and one more exciting one (class II-III) which can be walked around if you choose.

This popular 26-mile stretch Upper San Juan is famous for geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes, extensive prehistoric Indian rock art, and dwellings.  Our guides offer nature games for kids, history, and geology topics for adults. First-night orientation (7:30 pm)  takes place at a motel in Bluff, UT followed by camping under the stars next nights and usually pleasant, warm dry temperatures. Time will be set aside for those who need to learn camping basics—how to pitch a tent, be comfortable outdoors and we will gladly share how to read and run the river if you are interested.  Boating gear provided including inflatable kayaks  or “duckies”  (months of June through September for duckies.) Bring your own tent and sleeping gear OR rentals from CFI are available. Delicious healthy meals, fresh foods. For active adults or families, kids 6 years and older.

Call with questions regarding the nature of the activity and comfort.

  • Where: Begins and ends in Bluff, UT the night before the launch, with trip from Sand Island launch to Mexican Hat takeout.
  • What months available: Best months are mid April through early July and late August through late October.
  • Number of Days/Nights: CFI recommends three night or four night trips on this stretch, the first night is a lodge stay in Bluff and orientation.
  • Group Size: 6  person minimum paying participants (adult or youth); 25 maximum participants
  • Age Group: Adults and Children 6 years old and up
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants and vary by trip length. Fee includes first night lodge stay, orientation with our trip leader and breakfast.
  • Cost per Person: $730/person - 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area Fee applies to all persons
  • Deposit: $300 person applies to total due.
  • Notes:

    Your group leader receives a free spot once the six minimum paying participants is met. All participants beyond the seventh group leader spot are full fee.  (BLM Special Area fee still applies to all participants including group leader.)

    Fee includes motel stay double occupancy and orientation the night before launch.

    Full river days with takeout about 2pm on the last day, returning to the lodge 4-5 pm.

    Delicious meals from breakfast at motel through lunch last day, and transportation to/from river.

    Deposit (non refundable) $300 per person applies to total fee.

    Balance of payment in full is 30 days prior to trip.