San Juan River Raft Trip
May 23 - 26, 2020
Calling all songwriters, poets, and storytellers, (and those who might just want to listen)
Travel with us down the San Juan River in southern Utah on Memorial Day weekend.
We'll raft the river by day and we'll share our songs, poems and stories around the campfire at night. We'll explore the side canyons in the early mornings and late afternoons. We might try some creative writing games. We'll listen for the sounds of the river, and for our inner voice. We can talk about works-in-process, or dialogue about the craft of writing and living a creative life.
Holiday River Expeditions will be our rafting company. For over 50 years they have been guiding river trips in the west.
Here is what their website tells us about The Lower San Juan trip:
"In its lower reaches, the San Juan River enters a geological wonderland, wending around the famous Goosenecks of the San Juan, diving into the bottom of an imposing, deep canyon. Off the river, the canyon invites you to explore historic sites such as an abandoned mining outpost and a vertiginous prospector's trail. Natural wonders, fossils, and secret, fern-draped pools await up the many side canyons. Government Rapid is the class III whitewater highlight of the trip, but other class I and II rapids provide ample opportunity for inflatable kayaking."
We will meet up in Blanding, Utah the night before the trip for a pre-trip orientation meeting. For more information about how to get there - see this webpage from Holiday https://www.bikeraft.com/san-juan-rafting-trips-getting-here/
$1175.00 per person includes basic sleeping kit that includes a two person tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, small pillow, and rain gear.
Email me with any questions: cozoid (at) gmail.com
We hope you'll join us!
Cosy & Charlie
I asked for a trip itinerary - so we'd know about the hikes and how each day might go:
Day 1: Our rafting adventure on the San Juan River begins with the group meeting in Blanding, Utah, at 7 a.m. Mountain Time. From there, it's a one-hour scenic ride to the put-in near the small town of Mexican Hat, Utah. Our first stop on the river could be an optional hike to the cabin built in 1894 by prospector Walter Mendenhall, one of many whose dreams of riches were dashed by the San Juan. We'll descend into the famed Goosenecks of the San Juan, watching for the great blue herons that seem to lead the way into the labyrinth.
Day 2: Start the day with an invigorating hike along the Honaker Trail, a relic of the 1892 gold rush. The reward for those who put forth this 1200-foot vertical effort is an unforgettable view of Monument Valley. We'll push off into the swift current and meander along with the river through the layered canyon rocks, play in good, clean mud, and run through Ross Rapid.
Day 3: Today we'll watch out for the Government Bird Rock, perched on the canyon wall, our signal that Government Rapid is approaching. Later in the day we'll wander up Slickhorn Gulch to a hidden grotto and swimming hole. Make certain to scrub off in the river before hiking to the pool—sunscreen and other chemicals on our skin disrupt the fragile ecosystem of the freshwater pool.We'll make camp and enjoy one last river dinner at the mouth of one of the iconic side canyons along the lower river.
Day 4: Golden morning light reflecting on sandstone walls will usher us downstream, past Oljeto Wash and into the sandbar-studded upper reaches of Lake Powell. We'll dodge and weave our way to the take out at Clay Hills Crossing, soaking up the last precious moments of river time. We'll load up the boats and gear and our vans will carry you the final two hours back to Blanding, Utah.