Hi Marty, I have rafted the San Juan about half a dozen times in the last several years. You have a pretty good chance of getting a lottery draw for the SJ inMessage 1 of 2 , Nov 6, 2007View Source
I have rafted the San Juan about half a dozen times in the last several years. You have a pretty good chance of getting a lottery draw for the SJ in the second week of May. If your launch date is a little flexible in that time frame you could almost be guaranteed to pick up a cancellation trip as well. I would start from Bluff\Sand Island instead of Mexican Hat if possible though, some of the best scenery and petroglyphs\ruins are in that upper section. A couple of other great trips for a first time rafter in Utah would be Desolation Canyon and Labyrinth\Stillwater canyons (flat water canoe trip with a jet boat pickup up the Colorado to Moab , best first time river trip in Utah IMHO). Permits for the Colorado River in Utah are really easy to get , but the rapids are BIG (IV+) in Westwater and Cataract Canyons, especially in May. Feel free to contact me off list if you have any other questions.
Shane----- Original Message -----From: martykardonSent: Friday, November 02, 2007 2:11 PMSubject: [Zion_National_Park_Hiking] San Juan River [OT]
I guess this is a little off topic so apologies. I'm just wondering
people's experience getting permits to run the lower San Juan - Bluff
to Clayhills. I've never done a river trip and despair of getting a
private permit on the Colorado so, I'm told, the San Juan is a more
than adequate [and in many ways better] substitute.
Frankly after years of carrying everything on my back these old bones
would like to sit back and maybe watch stuff drifting by.
So, I'm wondering if I want to go 2nd week in May [two kids want to
come along so with school schedules and work I'm stuck in a narrow
time range]what are my odds of getting a permit for 8 in two boats.
I have a friend who has a few others with him with river experience so
we were just going to rent everything from an outfitter and go it on
Thanks so any input.