San Juan River Rafting
Whitewater rafting on the San Juan River
Pound for pound, the San Juan is one of the fastest moving rivers in the United States, dropping an average of eight feet per mile. Sandstone and limestone walls frame the narrow canyon as the river snakes through the countless goosenecks for which it is famous. The left bank of the river borders the present day Navajo Nation, while filled with sacred sites from the ancient pueblo civilizations of the past. Scores of ancestral sites and petroglyphs line the canyon walls.
A perfect starting place for any new river visitor; the upper San Juan wanders through astounding red rock landscapes and abruptly dives into the center of Comb Ridge the greater Monument Upwarp. Play in sand-waves and class I-II whitewater or get bogged down in the natural mud-baths; this river invites the child within!
The Lower San Juan ebbs and flows back and forth through the heart of Gooseneck State Park; famous for its wandering and exquisitely cut canyons. Countless side-hikes and points of interest will thrill you in the subtle beauty and of the alien desertscape surrounding you. This primarily class I & II whitewater trip is perfect for newcomers with one class III rapid to surpass for the more adventurous of spirit.
This full length expedition through the heart of the Monument Uplift will help you and your family relax, rejuvenate all the while playing-hard. A canyon rich with cultural sites, folk-stories and mysteries to boot; the river comes alive in new ways each day of your journey. With class I-III whitewater the ‘Juan’ will offer rafters and inflatable kayakers alike a myriad of chances to get wet!