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San Juan River Rafting

6 Days from $899
Trip Highlights
  • Gentle, warm water
  • Exquisite views of Monument Valley
  • Impressive Native American cliff dwellings and well-preserved rock art
  • Camp on pristine, secluded beaches
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)
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The season runs March - July.


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Departure Dates
March 2, 16, 30; April 13; May 3, 18, 24; June 17



Specialty Departure

Stars with Lars
Archeoastronomy:
April 20

Meeting Place
Recapture Lodge - 220 East Main Street (Hwy 191) in Bluff, Utah
Price

Adult: $999 to $1149
Youth: $899 to $999
Archeoastronomy: $999 to $1149

*Save up to $150 per person with Premier Pricing when you are one of the first four to book by March 31, 2015.

Deposit: $250

Additional Costs: $30 per person BLM Special Area Fee
Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included


River Rating Minimum Age
Class II4 (7 during high water)
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San Juan River Rafting & Utah Family Vacation - Overview

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Rafting the San Juan River in southeastern Utah offers the ultimate in fun on a southwest outdoor family vacation offering paddling on easy Class II rapids, side hikes up nearby canyons and learning about local archeology, geology and plant and wildlife.

The San Juan River in southeastern Utah is a place of surreal beauty and vibrancy, hundreds of millions of years in the making. A calm, congenial river, paddling the San Juan is combines a relaxing float trip livened up by fun Class II rapids. Kids and adults love the terrific hiking opportunities nearby and Utah's warm weather and water. A bottomless archeological treasure chest, this area in southeastern Utah encases numerous remnants of ancient civilizations. Lined with vivid pictographs, ancient art, cave dwellings and ruins including the Moki Stairs, carved by the region’s Native American tribes over 800 years ago, the San Juan River basin is an enormous natural museum locked within a labyrinth of dramatic red rock canyons. Twisting and turning through one of the most convoluted canyons in the Colorado Plateau, the Goosenecks of the San Juan zigzag over seven miles in an airline distance of just two miles. End your day relaxing in warm pools and beach camping under the desert stars.

San Juan River Rafting - 6 Day Itinerary at a Glance

  • Gather at Recapture Lodge in Bluff, Utah and meet your guides for a scenic drive to Sand Island
  • Hike at Butler Wash to view petroglyphs and Moki Stairs carved into the cliffs 800 years ago
  • Spend some time getting to know the river in a raft or a playful inflatable kayak
  • Camp on pristine sand beaches with riverside feasting beneath the stars
  • Campfires, music, stories and jokes, swimming, Frisbee or a nature walk
  • Hike to River House, one of the most impressive Native American cliff dwellings found on any river in North America
  • Travel over the famous Mormon Trail and cross the Comb Ridge monocline
  • Hike to the Mule Ear diatreme before our whitewater descent of Four-Foot Rapid, Eight-Foot and Ledge Rapids
  • Enjoy views of Monument Valley, float past Mexican Hat and enter the Mendenhall Loop
  • Pass exquisite works of water and rock like the Tabernacle and Second Narrows

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“This trip was such a change from our normal lives and our normal comfort zone. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our love of the outdoors with our kids, and see a place that relatively few people have a chance to see. We loved the whole thing! The scenery was awesome, the food was fantastic, the guides were spectacular!”
Sara Scotto ~ West Granby, CT

“I thought the landscape was breathtaking, and very well described in your brochure. From the description, I had a sense of the pace, and the type of the scenery, and I thought you captured it very well. The guides were amazing- very competent at all of their jobs- from boatmen/ women to naturalist guides to cooks to entertainment leaders. I felt both safe and comfortable, and their enthusiasm for the out of doors was contagious. I am not an outdoors type person as a rule, and I felt they were very patient with us all- laid back without being uninvolved. Kudos to all of them. I wish the trip had lasted longer!”
Gwendolyn Parker ~ Norwalk, VA

“We were so impressed with the San Juan raft trip and your employees that we felt you definitely needed to know about it. First of all, we cannot imagine anything the four guides could have done to make the trip any more enjoyable.They were friendly, fun, and entertaining. Group dynamics helped to make this trip enjoyable. The hikes were great. Meals were outstanding.”
Joe and Sharon Wylie ~ Ione, CA

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Month High Low Water
March 61° 30° 50°
April 71° 38° 52°
May 81° 46° 55°
June 91° 54° 62°
July 96° 61° 70°



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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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