Guided San Juan River Trip
THE SAN JUAN RIVER
~The Archeological Gem of the Southwest~
This lovely river slowly makes its way out of the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado, and crosses the Four Corners region before flowing into Lake Powell. She was the focus of settlement for the Anasazi Indians for hundreds of years. They farmed along her banks and left abundant remains of their civilization such as chips of stone and pottery, ancient homes and ceremonial rooms, and pictures carved into the walls of the canyons or painted on the roofs of overhanging rock shelters. Some of the finest rock art in the southwest can be seen just steps from the river’s edge!
Near Bluff, Utah, the San Juan River meanders lazily past groves of cottonwood trees and braids across sandbars in a wide valley bounded by low sandstone cliffs. Within a few short miles, the river begins to cut directly into the heart of a great bulge in the layers of the earth’s crust, the Monument Upwarp. As she carves into layers of rock, she forms a limestone canyon whose walls climb 1,300 feet above the river.
The San Juan is a living classroom for the region’s history, geology, and archeology, abundant with petroglyphs and sacred ancestral Puebloan ruins – here, the learning is easy and fun! Hikers can climb to the tops of the canyon walls for a spectacular view; retrace the old Mormon wagon route up “San Juan Hill”, or splash in the river on a hot summer day. The river itself flows swiftly, but does not form huge rapids. Although the river has a steeper average gradient than the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, her Class I and II rapids are fun and bouncy and offer plenty of challenges. The San Juan River is a favorite of many river runners in the southwest, one that inspires love and loyalty and to which they eagerly return.
We offer three different San Juan River Tours:
- Sand Island to Mexican Hat (Upper San Juan: 27 river miles)
- Mexican Hat to Clay Hills (Lower San Juan: 57 river miles)
- Sand Island to Clay Hills (Full Trip: 84 river miles)
SAND ISLAND TO MEXICAN HAT ITINERARY:
FIRST DAY: We will meet you at 10:00 am MDT at the Sand Island Boat Ramp in Bluff, Utah the morning of your trip. You will get your dry bag to pack that morning. When at the river, you will load your gear, have a safety talk, and launch on the river. We will stop on the river for lunch and a hike.
MIDDLE DAY(S): We will continue our travels down river, enjoying some hikes along the way. Each evening at camp, surrounded by the towering red cliffs, you will enjoy delicious gourmet style meals while sharing your day’s adventures with the rest of the group.
LAST DAY: On our final day, we will paddle to the take-out at Mexican Hat and be shuttled back to Sand Island in Bluff, returning there at approximately 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm MDT.
Custom Guided San Juan River Rafting Trip Cost Estimates:
With a minimum of 4 (or payment for 4) in your group, we can provide a private, customized tour, specific to your group’s wants (ie. lots of hiking, more leisure time, or mainly floating, dietary needs, likes/dislikes, etc.). We do not have an unwavering itinerary or group you together with 25 strangers!
- Overnight/2-day (Sand Island to Mexican Hat, 27 river miles): $549 per person
- 3-day (Sand Island to Mexican Hat, 27 river miles): $675 to $849 per person
- 4-day (Sand Island to Mexican Hat, 27 river miles): $875 to $949 per person
- 5-day (Sand Island to Mexican Hat, 27 river miles): $1,149 per person
- 7-day Full Trip (Sand Island to Clay Hills, 84 river miles): $1,625 to $1,999 per person
- 8-day Full Trip (Sand Island to Clay Hills, 84 river miles): $2,100 per person
- 10-day Full Trip (Sand Island to Clay Hills, 84 river miles): $2,250 to $2,375 per person
Launch Dates Available for the San Juan 2018 Multi-Day Tours:
- March 10th, March 11th, March 17th, March 18th, March 24th, & March 25th
- April 10th, April 25th, April 28th, & April 29th
- May 14th & May 19th
- June 1st, June 6th, June 11th, June 17th, June 24th, & June 30th
- July 15th, July 21st, July 28th, & July 29th
- August 5th, August 9th, August 11th, August 15th, August 18th, August 19th, & August 26th
- September 1st
The San Juan River is a highly regulated and permit-approved river. If you are interested in a launch date not listed, please contact us with your request.
What Moab Rafting and Canoe Company brings:
• We, at Moab Rafting and Canoe Company, provide specialized tours and serve our guests top notch cuisine. Breakfasts may include juice and hot beverages, fresh fruit, bagels & cream cheese, hot & cold cereal, eggs, and French Toast with pure maple syrup and morning sausage. Lunches are buffet style with bread & only the best, most delicious Boar’s Head meat, plus selections of fresh veggies, cheese, cookies, and chips. Peanut butter and jelly is an additional option. For dinner, we present fresh salad or vegetables to go along with hearty gourmet entrees featuring the highest quality and richest flavor of meat and seafood purchased from our local butcher, Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop. Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Also, we will bring things like…
• Drinking and cooking water (must be carried in) – 1 gallon per person per day, along with 1 gallon per day for cooking
• Camp gear, Kitchen commissary, Staples, Coolers, Stove, Ice, and Food
TRIP COST INCLUDES:
-Meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day
-One large dry bag per person
-Group boating and camping equipment, camp chairs, and the river toilet system
TRIP COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
–Transportation to and from Bluff, Utah, or to and from Moab, Utah
-Personal camping equipment such as tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags (You can rent these from us.)
-Gratuities for the guide(s)
-Alcoholic beverages or soda. Commercial outfitters are prohibited from providing alcohol, however, you are welcome to bring your own for camp.
-Tax and government usage fees
*By state law, all who go out on the river must be a minimum of 40 pounds in weight. Additionally, children 12 years and younger must always wear a PFD on all Utah State waters.
Please visit Packing List for a list of suggested gear to bring.
Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Feel free to call, mail, or email us for date availability. At this point, we will send out a trip packet with more information, including Registration and Release Forms. We will ask for credit card to hold the trip date and gear rental. A $100 non-refundable per person deposit is required to secure your trip date. Please contact us as early as possible if you need to make any changes. Cancellations 30 days or more of your trip, will receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit. Regarding the possibility of having to cancel, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment, as there are NO EXCEPTIONS OUTSIDE THE CANCELLATION POLICY. Remainder of payment is due in full 30 days from the date of your launch by Visa, MasterCard, or cash.
Again, over the years of booking trips, we have to say that we know the river. But, every trip is different. The time of season, water levels, and much more, make the river fun all of the time! Give us a call and we will be happy to see what kind of trip we can create for you!
- It is our policy to reserve the right to cancel any trip at the last minute due to extreme and unsafe conditions such as high water (over 35,000 c.f.s.), fast-moving water, low water, cold, or high winds. Should this occur, no money will be exchanged. If conditions allow, we can/will postpone for a few hours or to the next day.