San Juan Archaeoastronomy

Join veteran OARS guide Peter Lefebvre for a deep dive into the ancestral culture and history of the Desert Southwest on Utah’s San Juan River. Pete’s love of astronomy and storytelling makes for a fascinating lesson in archaeoastronomy set to the tempo of river travel.

The San Juan River in southeastern Utah offers the ultimate outdoor family vacation with easy paddling and hiking. The river is a place of surreal beauty and combines a relaxing float trip livened up by fun Class II rapids. A bottomless archeological treasure chest, this area encases numerous remnants of ancient civilizations including vivid pictographs and petroglyphs, Ancestral Puebloan ruins, and Moki Steps–carved into near-vertical sandstone over 800 years ago. The San Juan is an enormous natural museum locked within a labyrinth of dramatic red rock canyons.

Things to know: Before You Go

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