Canoeing the San Juan River - Utah

Canoeing the San Juan River - Utah

This is an enchanting route - a fun, easy paddle through dramatic red-rock canyons. The river twists and turns through convoluted "goosenecks" as it drains from southern Utah before flowing into the Colorado River at Lake Powell. Most of the river is gentle current interspersed with simple rapids; but, there are a few challenging sets to test our skills.

Along the way we'll see constant reminders of ancient peoples who lived here a thousand years ago - cliff dwellings, rock art, ruins, and carved stone stairways. While the sites are protected, we are allowed to walk freely through them. There are countless opportunities to explore on foot. We can hike to breathtaking lookouts, archeological sites, and up hidden side canyons, and follow ancient trails. We will camp each evening at a scenic site, dine at the river’s edge, and sleep under desert stars.

We suggest having previous paddling experience to enjoy the San Juan River, and basic canoeing and camping skills are recommended. There are no portages, and there is a constant current. Paddlers with more experience will still enjoy the variety of rapids, the fantastic canyon scenery, and the archeological sites that make the San Juan such a magical place. A reasonable fitness level will also allow you to complete all of the optional hikes.

Trip run by BLM licencee Moab Rafting and Canoe Company, Moab, Utah.

"Great interpretation, paddling and a fun group!  Each day was so different, with fascinating things to see and do." Jim, British Columbia, Canada

Recommended Skill Level And Dates

Skill Level: 2
Dates Trip Fee
April 11, 2017 to April 18, 2017
$2,290.00 US
What is Included: 

Guides 5:1 ratio
• 7 nights of camping
• excellent trail meals and snacks - Day 2 lunch to Day 8 lunch
• fresh water
• limited wine with dinner
Canoeing Equipment
• canoes
• paddles, PFDs, throw bags, bailers, etc.
Camping Equipment
• tents: free-standing, custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• containers for food and group equipment
• river pack for your personal gear
Safety Equipment
• first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)
• ground transfers between Grand Junction (or Moab) and the San Juan River on Day 1 and Day 8
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to the trip


Trip Departure

Moab Utah