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Utah whitewater, San Juan River

San Juan county, Sand Island to Mexican Hat section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     26.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of San Juan County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Sand Island to Mexican Hat stretch of San Juan River in Utah is 26.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The campgrounds here at San Juan River are pretty good. Since
    you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled
as well. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too.

Briefly about the
general area:
Goosenecks State Park is worth checking out if you're at San Juan River; a tremendous place to visit is Comb Wash. Take a hike on the Emigrant Trail; Four Foot Rapids is a charming place to go to while you're at San Juan River. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Have a glorious hiking adventure along the Honaker Trail, and you ought to definitely have a look at Mule Ear during your stay. San Juan River is frequently a pretty dry site. During the month of October you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is June. All through the warm days of summer at San Juan River temperatures are commonly in the 90's while overnight lows are usually in the 60's.

San Juan River, Sand Island to Mexican Hat road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near San Juan River.
 Whitewater Near San Juan River:
San Juan River, San Juan County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 26.5 miles long (Sand Island to Mexican Hat)
San Juan River, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 56 miles long (Mexican Hat to Clay Hills Crossing)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wild River Expeditions, San Juan County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Hotels Near San Juan River:
Super 8 Blanding, Blanding , 28 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites Blanding, Blanding , 28 miles away
Canyonlands Ranch Cabins, Monticello , 44 miles away
Wayside Motor Inn Monticello, Monticello , 45 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Monticello , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Juan River:
San Juan River - Sand Island, Bluff, 7 miles away
Valle Trading Post, Mexican Hat, 10 miles away
Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, 11 miles away
 Trails Near San Juan River:
Emigrant Trail, San Juan , 12 miles away
Honaker Trail, San Juan , 16 miles away
Trail of the Ancients, San Juan , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Juan River:
Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Chinle - AZ , 46 miles away
Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez - CO , 68 miles away
Goosenecks State Park, Utah , 15 miles away
Edge Of The Cedars State Park, Utah , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near San Juan River
Red Lake, San Juan , 20 miles away

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