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Explore the mystic San Juan River with Ancient Wayves!

The San Juan River begins its flow from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Snow melt and heavy rains from the high elevations flow through the Navajo community of Shiprock, New Mexico, eventually entering Utah where it begins carving through the red rock layers that radiate beauty and mysticism. 

The river cuts through sediment deposited hundreds of millions of years ago, giving us spectacular geological wonders to view such as the Mexican Hat and the Goosenecks.

This river has provided life to this desert region for thousands of years and its powerful flow carries stories of the people and wildlife that have inhabited its region since time immemorial. 

Explore this spectacular river with the guidance of an experienced, knowledgeable, Indigenous and fun guide!

Sections of the San Juan River in Utah we provide tours on extend from Montezuma Creek to Clay Hills.

Contact us today to join a memorable adventure on the San Juan River!


Sand Island to Mexican Hat, UT (3-day river adventure)

Adult: $825
Youth (17 yrs. & younger): $720
*Sales tax will be added.

2023 dates for a 3-day river adventure:






Join a San Juan River adventure led by local guides who'll guide you on a memorable float through ancient landscapes filled with natural wildlife and awesome beauty.

Contact us today to join a memorable adventure!


Mexican Hat to Clay Hills, UT (5-day river adventure)

Adult: $1,375
Youth (17 yrs. & younger): $1,200
*Sales tax will be added.

2023 dates for a 5-day river adventure:

~ AUGUST 1-5

Experience a river adventure where your indigenous guide will provide translation to the stories told by this magnificent landscape.

This stretch of river has several Class II rapids where we'll get to ride the waves in our vessels. 

After the last rapid, Government Rapid, the river turns into a gentle flow. We'll camp at the beautiful Slickhorn Canyon confluence and explore its splendor.

On the final night, we'll camp at a

splendid location, situated on the Navajo Nation, called Oljaito where we'll do a short hike into this beautiful tributary.


Old Swinging Bridge to Sand Island (Single-day paddle adventure)

$190 per adult (age 18 and over)
$170 per youth (ages 11-17)
$100 per child (ages 6-10)
*Sales tax will be added.

This unique adventure begins with a short hike to a majestic archaeological site on the Navajo Nation. After this short hike, we'll begin our float which is approximately 7.5 miles in length. Along the way we'll stop for a scrumptious lunch with a splendid view. During the float, we'll make an additional stop to see more remnants of an ancient thriving civilization that existed approximately 1200 years ago. We'll "take-out" our vessels at the Sand Island Boat Ramp where we'll be able to view ancient petroglyphs on the Jurassic walls of patina.

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Montezuma Creek to Sand Island (2-day river adventure)

Adults: $550
Youth (17 yrs. & younger): $480
*Sales tax will be added

This one-of-a-kind adventure begins upriver near the small community of Montezuma Creek on the Navajo Nation. Float through a land of wonders amongst a landscape that has extensive history of ancient inhabitance.

Camp one night under the desert stars and taste Indigenous foods prepared by your Indigenous guide.


Mexican Hat to Clay Hills (6-day river adventure)

Adult: $1,650
Youth: $1,440
*Sales tax will be added.

2023 trip dates:

* AUGUST 17-22

This 57-mile stretch of the San Juan River is a grand wonder in Southeast Utah. We'll launch from Mexican Hat and immediately be immersed in the magnificence of this ancient landscape.  Canyon walls reaching heights of more than a thousand feet provide splendid views as you float through lands filled with native wildlife and plant life.

During this river trip, we'll explore the mysticism of Slickhorn Canyon, Grand Gulch and Oljaito Wash where at each place we'll camp.

Contact us today to reserve your spot on this epic river adventure!

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Sand Island to Mexican Hat (4-day river adventure)

Adult: $1,100
Youth: $960
*Sales tax will be added.

2023 available trip:

* April 28- May 1

We'll guide you along this stretch of the San Juan River known as the "Upper Canyon". Launching point will be at the Sand Island boat ramp and we'll take out at the Mexican Hat boat ramp. 

Your guide will provide stories about this magnificent landscape as you float 27 miles over 4 days (3 nights).

Taste local flavor as your guides prepare you hearty meals during the adventure.

Book today to reserve your spot on this memorable float.

San Juan River Adventures: Tours
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