The best time to float the San Juan

Not a bad view from camp on the river!

The San Juan River is a favorite trip for families, archaeology buffs, photographers and hikers because of its gentle nature and all of the side trips it offers. You’re guaranteed a few fun splashes but the San Juan is considered mild by whitewater standards. This scenic winds westward through Bluff towards its resting place in Lake Powell.

If you are looking to float the San Juan, the best time of the year is April – June and because of a good snowpack this year, 2016 should be an excellent year on the river with high flows.

The folks at Wild Rivers Expeditions are the local experts on the San Juan. They run trips April 1 – November 1 ranging from half-day Stand Up Paddleboarding outings to multi-day river rafting trips.  All of their trips specialize in teaching about the Archaeology, Geology, Flora, Fauna and History of the San Juan.

The San Juan River shares hints of the Ancestral Puebloan past. Visitors can see ancient pottery in its final resting place.

If you’re lucky, you can join Wild Rivers guides and regional experts on one of their speciality trips this season:

  • Archaeology May 13-16
  • Ornithology Trip June 1-3
  • Yoga Trip August 12-14
  • Photography Trip August 5-7
To book your rafting, Stand Up Paddleboarding or other adventurous tour with Wild Rivers Expeditions, visit their website or call  (435) 672-2244.
 River rafting on the San Juan River with Wild Rivers Expeditions
Interested in their land based tours as well? 4 Corners Adventures offers jeeping, hiking and canyoneering outings that take you off the path for an unforgettable desert experience.

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