The Best Time to Float the San Juan

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. In years with a good snow pack, the river can be even more fun with higher 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.

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.