Songwriting Workshop on the Lower San Juan River

Calling all songwriters, poets, and storytellers—and those who just want to listen! Holiday is pleased to offer a special songwriting workshop on the lower San Juan River. Join nationally recognized folk singer Cosy Sheridan for four days of music and river magic over Memorial Day weekend.

Cosy Sheridan Singer SongwriterWe’ll raft the river by day and share our songs, poems, and stories around the campfire at night. The San Juan River flows through a landscape that’s sure to inspire. Let your mind flow around the famous San Juan Goosenecks. Hike to the rim along the Honaker Trail; imagine the stories the men and animals who built this trail might tell. Explore side canyons and hidden swimming holes. Cosy will lead talks about works-in-process, or about the craft of writing, or living a creative life. We may also try some creative writing games.

While Cosy guides your voice and your muse, Holiday will guide your eyes and your mind, as we do on every trip. Our oar-powered rafts and expert guides will row you downstream and encourage you to go with the flow. We’ll take care of all the logistics, keep you well-fed, and provide thoughtful interpretation about the canyon and river to inform your creativity.

The river has a song, too. It sings in the voice of the canyon wren and the yellow-breasted chat. It murmurs in secret harmony beneath our rafts and along the sand and rock banks. Learn to listen for the sounds of the river, and for your inner voice. The San Juan is a particularly special place for a songwriting workshop, rich in history and rugged nature, and with a soul all its own.

Learn more about Cosy Sheridan, and reserve your spot on this special trip today.

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Trip Overview

  • Type:


  • Location:

    Four Corners Region

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    May 23–26, 2020

  • Meet at:

    Super 8 in Blanding, Utah @ 7:00 am

  • Difficulty:


  • Min. Age:


  • Deposit:



  • Learn from Moab's most famous singer/songwriter
  • Fun but gentle introduction to whitewater rafting
  • Spectacular canyon walls and enchanted side canyons
Getting Here Before You Go Packing List

Rates & Dates

4 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1175
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1175
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1175
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1175
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  • May 23–26, 2020


Four days on the San Juan River provides excellent flexibility in each day’s itinerary.

Trip itineraries can vary widely based on group desires, seasonal water flows, weather, campsite availability, and the need to share the river with other rafting groups. This is sample itinerary for four-day trip on the lower San Juan River. For specifics about your trip, please ask your reservationist.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1:

Your lower San Juan River trip starts in Blanding, Utah, at 7 a.m. Mountain Time. We’ll meet at the Super 8, where you’ll have time to pack your waterproof bags. From there, it’s a one-hour drive to the put-in near the Mexican Hat, Utah. Breath deeply as we push off: now you’re on river time. We may take a short hike to a cabin built in 1894 by prospector Walter Mendenhall, one of many whose dreams of riches were dashed by the San Juan. We’ll descend into the famed Goosenecks of the San Juan, watching for the great blue herons that seem to lead the way into the labyrinth.

Day 2:

Start the day with an invigorating hike along 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’ll push off into the swift current and meander along with the river through the layered canyon rocks, play in good, clean mud, and run through Ross Rapid.

Day 3:

Today we’ll watch out for the Government Bird Rock, perched on the canyon wall, our signal that Government Rapid is approaching. Later in the day we’ll wander up Slickhorn Gulch to a hidden grotto and swimming hole. Make certain to scrub off in the river before hiking to the pool—sunscreen and other chemicals on our skin disrupt the fragile ecosystem of the freshwater pool.We’ll make camp and enjoy one last river dinner at the mouth of one of the iconic side canyons along the lower river.

Day 4:

Golden morning light reflecting on sandstone walls will usher us downstream, past Oljeto Wash and into the sandbar-studded upper reaches of Lake Powell. We’ll dodge and weave our way to the take out at Clay Hills Crossing, soaking up the last precious moments of river time. We’ll load up the boats and gear and our vans will carry you the final two hours back to Blanding, Utah. Our expected time of arrival in Blanding is between 4:00 and 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!


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