Lower San Juan River Rafting

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Lower San Juan Whitewater Rafting –
About This Trip

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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. Explore an abandoned mining outpost or wander up a hidden grotto to a secluded swimming hole.  This primarily class I & II whitewater trip is perfect for newcomers with one class III rapid to surpass for the more adventurous of spirit.

Trip Overview

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Location: San Juan
River Type: Rafting
Length: 4 Days
Dates: May - June
Meet At: Blanding, UT 7:00 AM
Rating: Beginner
Age Min: 5
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • Explore slickrock and prehistoric Indian ruins
  • Classic Southern Utah desert environment, warm water
  • Perfect rafting for children and inflatable kayaks

Trip Price & Departure Dates

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Adult - $890
Youth - $790 (18 & under)
Group - $830 (10 or more)
Senior - $830 (65 & older)

+ $20.00 Agency Fee

2018 Trip Dates

May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9

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The first time I went down the San Juan was with a group of boatmen. It was hard to read the map because the scenery was so amazing . . . the water was moving so fast. It made us dizzy because our heads were busy snapping from one side of the river to the other to see the next scenic attraction.

-Dee Holladay, Holiday River’s 1975 Reconnaissance Trip

Itinerary

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One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary.  It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river.  This typical itinerary illustrates a four-day trip on the San Juan River.  The three and four day itineraries vary based on the seasonal water flows in May and June.  For specifics on your trip’s date and itinerary please ask your reservationist.

Day 1:  Meet group in Blanding, Utah at the Super 8 at 7:00 am mountain time, then we're off on a 1 hour scenic ride to the put-in point – Mexican Hat.  Pass through the village of Mexican Hat before traversing the famed Goosenecks of the San Juan. Take an optional hike to the 1894 prospector cabin of Walter Mendenhall; one of many whose dreams were dashed by the San Juan.  Enjoy frequent sightings of Great Blue Heron that seem to lead the way into the labyrinth of canyon to follow.

Day 2:  This morning we can hike the Honaker Trail, a relic of the “1892 gold rush”.  The reward for those who put forth this 1200-foot vertical effort is an unforgettable view of Monument Valley. We will meander through layered canyons, play in good clean mud and experience the depths of the Goosnecks.

Day 3:  Today we encounter Government Rapid and wander to a hidden grotto and swimming hole up Slickhorn Gulch.  We will make camp at the mouth of any number of iconic side canyons in this lower drainage.

Day 4:  This final stretch could lead us to peer inside Oljeto Wash and its magical side canyon and continue across what remnants of  “Lake” Powell to the take out at Clay Hills Crossing. You will transfer to a two-hour scenic van ride back to Blanding, Utah.Our expected time of arrival back at the Super 8 is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the 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!

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by Brooke & Jason Ferrara on Blank Business Name

Food was terrific and they even had a cake for my husband’s birthday. Fantastic guides, scenery and a wonderful family trip. Happy to see not much has changed 20 years later. A definite must for your bucket list.

by Guy Duffner on Blank Business Name

The vegan food was freakin' amazing!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you :) The guides ROCKED (knowledgeable, responsible, and fun) and transportation was excellent (clean and punctual). All in all, the trip was incredible. Thanks! Our San Juan trip was incredible. The guides took excellent care of us and attended to every one of our needs.