Cost  $1921
Travel Dates POSTPONED – new dates to be announced
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 a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the American Southwest.
  • Costs include all food from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 8
  • 4 river guides
  • Group equipment
  • 2 motel nights and supplies
  • Gratuities for the four river guides are also included
Not Included
  • Personal items, sodas, alcohol, and airfare not included
  • Travel to and from Bluff at the start and end of the trip is not included but is available for $25 each way
  • Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads are not included, but can be rented
Payment Policy $600 dollars deposit is due on registration with the Application Forms to register for the trip.  Final balance payment of $1466 is due no later than January 1, 2020
Cancellation Policy If you withdraw from the trip by December 31, 2019, you will be refunded all payments received by ADK minus $100 that is $500.  After January 1, 2020, your payment is not refundable unless it is possible to fill your place with another participant. You would then receive all but $100.  If the trip does not take place, or the leader decides the trip is not for you, full refund will be given including the $100.
Trip Insurance The ADK strongly advises all participants to obtain trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant and travel delays and medical issues and rescue. ADK does not provide trip or rescue insurance.  Note that if you have to cancel after having made your full payment, and cannot be replaced from the waiting list, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip. More credit cards are offering trip insurance as a free benefit of the card. You should carefully consider what your insurance covers
Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, May 21

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

Day 2: Friday, May 22

Launch on river by 10 a.m. 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: Saturday, May 23

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: Sunday, May 24

Continue down river 9 miles through rugged and beautiful desert. We stop to search for fossils and then continue on 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 hike over the Mendenhall loop of the Goosenecks and to view the wayward prospector’s cabin.

Day 5: Monday, May 25

We will float 8 miles to our camp for the night. Right out of our camp, we will hike part of the Honaker Trail, a trail (~ 2 to 3 miles) improbably scaling the wall of the canyon.  We will have magnificent views of the river corridor and surrounding terrain in all directions and will return by the same trail to our camp.

Day 6: Tuesday, May 26

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

Day 7: Wednesday, May 27

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 the river to Clay Hills (8 miles), 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: Thursday, May 28

Depart for Durango by 8:30 a.m. We plan to arrive at Durango airport around 11 a.m. which will be in time for flights departing afternoon.

Notes RENTAL PACKAGE   Tent/sleeping bag//pad is available for rent. ($10 per person per day.)

SHUTTLE from the Durango airport to Bluff and from Bluff to Durango airport is available for $25 per person.

WEATHER:  Average temperatures, Sunny with 85-degree highs and 40-degree lows in late May but the high desert could have lower or higher temperatures. Rain would be rare.

CELL PHONE COVERAGE: None on the river.

WIFI: None.

ATM: None.


THE GUIDES will have a satellite phone for emergencies.

TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS: Subject to change due to circumstances beyond ADK’s and TRIP Leader’s control.

ITINERARY CHANGES: Planned activities are subject to change due to weather, route conditions or other unforeseen circumstances at the sole discretion of the leader.

FLIGHT RESERVATIONS: Please do not make your flight arrangements until the leader advise this trip ahs the minimum participants for the trip to proceed.

Registration Procedure Please read carefully the above-detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, telephone or USPS mail) and I will send you the registration forms, consisting of the Registration form, the Health form, and the Release of Liability form, Credit Card Payment form. Complete these forms and send them to me by United States Postal Service with the deposit (check or Credit Card Authorization payable to ADK) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Trip spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so do not delay. Please do not email applications and payments.
Trip Leader Roman Laba
22 Front Street, Schenectady, NY 12305