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New Mexico whitewater, San Juan River

San Juan county, Navajo Dam to Four Corners section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     50 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Mexico tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The beautiful scenery of New Mexico and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. San Juan River doesn't have a lot of paddling sections, the Navajo Dam to Four Corners section is the only one. There arenít any hotels right nearby
    but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so it looks like you will
be camping out. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The put-in location is a short drive from Farmington, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful Mesa Verde scenery is an added bonus. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you  
won't find many other paddling places. The Navajo Dam to Four Corners section of San Juan River in New Mexico is 50 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
San Juan River is near Cholla Canyon which is positively worth stopping at. Here at San Juan River there are plenty of people from Kirtland. San Juan River is a location that is reasonably dry ordinarily. All through the month of August you get the most rain around here while June is the month with the least amount of precipitation. All through the summertime months highs here at San Juan River get into the 80's.

San Juan River, Navajo Dam to Four Corners road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near San Juan River.
 Whitewater Near San Juan River:
Animas River, San Juan County, 14 miles away
      Class II+ - 0.01 miles long (Farmington Whitewater Park)
Animas River, San Juan County, 30 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Cedar Hill to Farmington City Park)
 Ski Areas Near San Juan River:
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 53 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 67 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 68 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Hotels Near San Juan River:
Silver River Adobe Inn, Farmington , 12 miles away
Casa Blanca Bed And Breakfast, Farmington , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Farmington , 13 miles away
The Region Inn, Farmington , 13 miles away
La Quinta Inn Farmington, Farmington , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Juan River:
Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area, Farmington, 12 miles away
River Grove RV Park, Farmington, 13 miles away
Mom and Pop RV Park, Farmington, 14 miles away
 Trails Near San Juan River:
Wheeler Trail, Montezuma , 17 miles away
Petroglyph Point Trail, Montezuma , 19 miles away
Whites Trail, Montezuma , 19 miles away
Rock Springs Trail, Montezuma , 20 miles away
APW Trail, Montezuma , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Juan River:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 23 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 23 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Juan River:
Riverview Golf Course, Kirtland , 9 miles away
Civitan Golf Course, Farmington , 12 miles away
Pinon Hills Golf Course, Farmington , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near San Juan River
City Reservoir, San Juan , 12 miles away
Mormon Reservoir, La Plata , 19 miles away

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