June 5 to June 12, 2018

Status FULL
Cost  $1948
Travel Dates June 5 to June 12, 2018
Description The San Juan River in Utah is one of the great river and canyon journeys in America. We will travel in rafts piloted by four river guides for a spectacular six days along the remote 84-mile stretch between Bluff and Clay Hills, Utah. This trip will include moderate hiking-up to 3 miles round-trip- with longer options possible. We will visit unique geologic formations, Native American Indian rock art and ruins and deep canyons. We will swim in canyon pools and set up our camps on the banks of the river under some of the clearest night skies in America. This is an once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the American Southwest.

Program Features
Float 84 scenic miles of the San Juan River
Enjoy Easy Class I – III Rapids, swim in canyon streams and camp under desert skies Visit unique geologic formations, Native American rock art, and ruins

Level of difficulty:

Moderate: day hiking up to 3 miles round-trip over often sandy gravelly and rocky trails, willingness to camp, and readiness to enjoy a group experience.

  • All food from dinner Day 1 through breakfast Day 8 River guides
  • Group equipment
  • Van transportation from Bluff, Utah and back 2 motel nights
  • Supplies
  • Gratuities for the four river guides are also included
Not Included
  • Personal items Sodas and alcohol
  • Airfare
  • Travel to and from Bluff at the start and end of the trip (A shuttle from the Durango airport to Bluff and from Bluff to Durango airport is available for $25 each way per person.)
  • Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads (Tents ($5/day/person & sleeping bags/pads $5/day/person) available for rent.)
Payment Policy Deposit of $600 is due with registration to reserve a place (includes $100 ADK Registration Fee) Amount refundable $500 until January 1, 2018. The $100 ADK Registration Fee is NOT REFUNDABLE unless the registrant is rejected by the leader or the trip is cancelled.

The balance of $1348 is due no later than January 1, 2018. No refund after January 1, 2018 unless Leader can fill the vacancy from a waiting list, and then all but $100 will be refunded. (The $100 ADK Fee is not refundable for any reason.)

Cancellation Policy
Accommodations and Meals
Trip Insurance The ADK strongly recommends that you have trip or at least rescue insurance for this trip. For reasons why, see the brochure, “Ten Top Reasons Why Smart People Buy Trip Insurance” which is emailed to all applicants.
Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Arrive in Durango Co airport by 2pm for shuttle or arrive on your own in Bluff, Utah by 6pm. Stay at Recapture Lodge. Orientation, dinner, and organization of gear.

Day 2: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Launch on river by 10am. After breakfast, travel downriver. Total Float: 8 miles, hike to archaeological sites: Upper Butler Wash, Big Kachina, and Axe Man. Visit River House Ruin and see the Barton Trading Post and San Juan Hill trail. Camp at Chinle Wash.

Day 3: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hike in the morning to rock art and ruin sites in scenic Chinle Wash including the “Baseball Man” panel made famous in Thief of Time by author, Tony Hillerman. Enjoy the variety of geologic formations as we cross the mouth of Comb Wash and visit the Mule Ear Diatreme. Float 9 miles to Eight Foot camp for the night.

Day 4: Friday, June 8, 2018

Continue down river 9 miles through rugged and beautiful desert. We will stop at the fossils and then to Mexican Hat by noon. We will travel approximately 10 miles more through the sheer limestone-walled canyon of the Goosenecks, with a potential stop to day hike over the Mendenhall loop of the Goosenecks and to view the wayward prospector’s cabin. Camp. Evening program on geology.

Day 5: Saturday, June 9, 2018

After breakfast, we will float 8 miles to our camp for the night. Out of camp we will hike part of the Honaker Trail. The Honaker is a winding side trail (~ 2 to 3 miles) going up switchbacks scaling the wall of the canyon built by a prospector. We will have magnificent views of the river corridor and surrounding terrain in all directions, we will return by the same trail to our camp.

Day 6: Sunday, June 10, 2018

Travel down river to John’s Canyon. (Total water miles ~ 12 miles). Hike to the pool (optional). Evening program on biology of canyon.

Day 7: Monday, June 11, 2018

After breakfast, raft through legendary grade three Government Rapid, to Slickhorn Gulch (~10 miles), and enjoy the scenic side hike to clear pools carved out of solid limestone. Swim in the pools. Continue on to Clay Hills (8 miles), on the river and load up our boats and gear (Total on river float 18 miles) .Travel by group van to Bluff to spend the night at Recapture Lodge.

Day 8: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Depart for Durango by 8:30am for flights departing after noon.

Registration Procedure To Register and for more information, an application and to sign up, contact the leader, Roman Laba.

You must be a member of ADK to be on the trip.

Trip Leader Roman Laba
12 Front Street, Schenectady, NY 12305