The San Juan is one of the steepest, fastest-moving rivers in the United States, with an average drop of eight feet per mile, steeper than the average gradient of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Its rapids are relatively mellow, however, making the river a great place for families, inflatable kayak enthusiasts, and first-time river runners. Archaeological sites from ancient pueblo civilizations and more recent Diné (Navajo) People abound in the upper canyon, and stunning exposures of Colorado Plateau geology dominate. Visiting the River House ruins and rafting through Comb Ridge and the famous Goosenecks of the San Juan are particular highlights. The San Juan is also notable for being the birthplace of commercial river running: Norman Nevills began operating scenic float trips from Mexican Hat through the Grand Canyon in 1938. San Juan river rafting is especially known for the phenomenon of sand waves. The sediment-laden river has shifting sand on the river bed which creates waves that migrate upstream, growing in size until they collapse under their own weight. These large but mostly harmless waves make for a particularly thrilling ride in an inflatable kayak.
Full San Juan River Rafting Trip
Four Corners Region
May through June
Super 8; Blanding, Utah @ 7:00am
- 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