Miles of high volume and good current are interspersed with numerous Class II and easy Class III rapids, making the river eminently canoeable and with no portages. San Juan River canoe trips with Smoking Rivers begin at a location called Sand Island, just outside the small town of Bluff, Utah. The river, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) flows over 80 miles from this location to its terminus at the northern reaches of the expansive Lake Powell. On its way, the river passes through miles upon miles of majestic canyons, subtly hued with colors of red, yellow, and green with the passage of time; famously, the inspiration for the beautiful and colorful Navajo blankets common throughout the American Southwest, was drawn from the vistas on this very section of the San Juan River, which it remains today as the home to the largest Navajo Reservation.
For the first few days of our San Juan River canoe trip, we take ample opportunities to explore the landscape we are traversing. There are numerous remarkably well preserved petroglyph panels that can be viewed by short side-hikes and toe-hold routes used by the ancient Anasazi can often be seen whilst on the water. Perhaps the most popular side-trip on the San Juan River canoe trip is a stop at River House Ruins. An ancestral Puebloan ruin, these structures were built under and into the cliff-sides of the river but were suddenly abandoned, for reasons still unknown, over 700 years ago. Today, paddlers that wish to embark on the short hike to these ruins will find many remnants at this extremely well preserved and maintained cliff dwelling, such as colorful pottery shards and other artifacts of the ancient people.
San Juan River Canoe Trips
Trips Available: April
Trip Length: 8 Days
Age Minimum: 12
50% Deposit required at time of reservation. Remainder due no later than (21) days prior to trip departure (non-refundable).
Cancellations & Refunds:
0-59 days prior to trip- deposit non-refundable
60-89 days prior to trip- 35% deposit refundable
90 days or more prior to trip- 75% refundable
Group and Youth rates available. Rates are based off a 4 person trip subject to change depending on group size and duration.