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The San Juan 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 in the form of 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, on sheer rock faces covered with ancient stories in stone.
Near the put-in, at the town of Bluff, Utah, the 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 deeply buried
elsewhere, she forms a limestone canyon whose walls climb 1,300 feet above the river. The
water still meanders in an immense looping pattern through these canyon walls, forming
the "Goosenecks of the San Juan", where the river flows approximately 12 miles only to
achieve about 3 miles of distance overland.
River runners need to allow at least 3 days running the 26-mile stretch between Bluff and
Mexican Hat, more to take advantage of the variety of hiking. The 57-mile section of river
between Mexican Hat and Clay Hills Crossing requires at least 4 or more days, and when
combining both sections, it is best to allow for at least 5 or more days.
We are now accepting reservations for this season!
One to ten day San Juan River raft trips available, launching from Bluff
during the season:
March thru October
after Bluff (upper canyon) dates
2 day / 1 night (upper)...
3 day / 2 night (upper)...
4 day / 3 night...
5 day / 4 night...
6 day/5 night...
7 to 10 day trip