Women’s Watercolor Workshop on the San Juan River

A Float with Heart: San Juan River FUNdraiser

A float of a lifetime! Treat yourself to a Women’s watercolor workshop with acclaimed artist Suze Woolf and Bears Ears advocate Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, while you explore the amazing Utah landscape via the beautiful San Juan River.
Artist Suze Woolf will guide you as you create watercolor memories of this stunning landscape. With informal outdoor sessions, you’ll be introduced to foundational watercolor methods with daily demonstrations and frequent opportunities to practice them. Watercolor is one of the most rapid and portable of all painting media, so it’s perfect for a raft trip.

Suze Woolf

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk is the former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and serves on Broads’ Council of Advisors. She will share stories about the successful tribal and collaborative work to form Bears Ears National Monument, its significance to tribal communities, and the continued effort to reinstate and protect the monument.  She has traveled extensively throughout the country sharing the Ute culture through song, dance, and presentations, and is honored to continue to protect, preserve and serve through education, creating a better understanding of our resources and culture—a great foundation for a better tomorrow.

Utah’s southeast corner is a wonderland of dramatic topography and archaeological treasures. This full five-day trip on the San Juan River (includes the upper and lower sections) is the easiest and best way to see this region. In its upper reaches, the “River Flowing from the Sunrise” eases past the cream-colored sandstone of Comb Ridge, ancient dwelling sites, and petroglyph panels. To the south, the river borders the present-day territory of the Diné (Navajo) People People and the Bears Ears National Monument as established in December 2016. For thousands of years, the water of the San Juan River has meant life to various cultural groups; their artifacts still line the walls and side canyons of the river.

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk

In its lower reaches, the San Juan rushes by the town of Mexican Hat, Utah, and then curves around the deep canyon of Goosenecks State Park. Further on, you’ll skirt the former boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument.

Although the San Juan is one of the steepest, swiftest rivers in the United States, it has only a handful of rapids, making it a great option for families with young children or first-time rafters.

Express your deepened appreciation for this gorgeous canyon through your paintings, learn new watercolor techniques, and practice while workshopping with a professional. Learn the deep history behind protecting Bears Ears National Monument and stories of the ongoing efforts to protect this iconic landscape.

All food, gear, and trip needs are included. You’ll receive a shopping list for your required watercolor supplies and all that’s left to pack is your sense of adventure and love of wild places!

$1450 per person
plus tips for the guides

A portion of your registration will be generously donated by Holiday River Expeditions to Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Suze Woolf has graciously donated her time and expertise for this adventure.

 

 

 

 

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Rafting

  • Location:

    Four Corners Region

  • Length:

    5 Days

  • Dates:

    May 14-18, 2020

  • Meet at:

    Super 8; Blanding, Utah @ 7:00am

  • Difficulty:

    Beginner

  • Min. Age:

    5

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Float the famous Goosenecks of the San Juan
  • Treat yourself to a river spa experience with the San Juan's famous mud
  • Fun but gentle introduction to whitewater rafting
Getting Here Before You Go Packing List

Rates & Dates

5 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1450
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1450
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1450
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1450
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2020
  • May
  • 14-18

Itinerary

One of the advantages of our San Juan River trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary.

 It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, seasonal water flows, weather, campsite availability, and courtesy for other groups on the river.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1:

Begin your adventure in Blanding, Utah at 7:00 a.m. Mountain Time, where we’ll hop into our vans and travel for 45 minutes to the Sand Island put-in. Spend the day encountering archaeological sites representing five distinct cultures of indigenous peoples. See pictographs, petroglyphs, and hand-hewn steps in the canyon walls. Investigate elegantly designed Ancestral Puebloan ruins before descending through Comb Ridge.

Day 2:

Pass through the settlement of Mexican Hat, then wave at visitors on the rim of the Goosenecks, hundreds of feet above. Climb up to Mendenhall’s cabin, home to an indefatigable gold prospector in the late 1800s. Camp at the foot of the Honaker Trail, another relic from the gold rush in 1892; hike up before dinner for an unforgettable view of the river canyon and Monument Valley.

Day 3:

Small rapids and soaring walls are on tap this morning. Choose to float silently as a group, letting all of your senses come to life and open to the sensations of the canyon. Take a ride through Ross Rapid and roll into camp in time for lasagna dinner at our very own riverfront restaurant.

Day 4:

The biggest rapid of the trip, Government Rapid, will splash off our morning. We’ll lunch at Slickhorn Gulch, one of the most celebrated side canyons along the lower San Juan. Be sure to scrub off in the river before hiking to the secluded, lush swimming hole—sunscreen and other oils disrupt the fragile ecosystem of the freshwater pool.

Day 5:

The canyon walls begin to descend around us until we are surrounded by smooth, golden Cedar Mesa sandstone. We may explore Oljeto Wash and play in the mud at its mouth before pushing on through the sandbars and riffles of the lower canyon. Our vans await at Clay Hills, our take-out, and we’ll wave farewell to the river as we climb out of the drainage and across the rugged topography of the Monument Upwarp, back to Blanding, Utah, between 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the exact trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

This sample itinerary illustrates a 5-day trip on the San Juan River. For specifics about your trip, please ask your reservationist.

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