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-The San Juan River-
Miles of high volume good current are interspersed with numerous Class II, some easy III rapids - making the river eminently canoeable, with no portages. Numerous spectacular side canyon hikes and trails and evening swims in natural pools makes this trip one of our most special canoe trips.
-Trip meets in Grand Junction, Colorado.
All-inclusive San Juan Trip $2000pp
Melting snows high in the majestic peaks of south-western Colorado’s San Juan mountains forms the beautiful and powerful San Juan River Cutting deep through the high plains Sonoran desert forming 300 million year old canyons and inspiring the name of the legendary Canyonlands national park in Utah. The river beyond towering redrock canyons and elaborate stratigraphic formations is also notably the fastest flowing river per mile in the United States. Yet Perhaps it’s most renowned feature is the rich display of prehistoric life. Called Anasazi, “the Ancient People,” by the Navajo Indians who succeeded them, this mysterious early civilization built elaborate cliff dwellings - which are amazingly well preserved - as are their spiritually symbolic petroglyphs.
Essentially a mellow trip, placid water and easy current alternate with short, slightly technical rapids
(mostly class II). Teaching whitewater technique, paddling, and poling has always been our specialty. We run the river at optimum season- late March through Mid-April is "springtime" in the southwestern desert. Cacti are flowering and the climate is perfect; fairly hot and dry, with an abundance of sunshine, no bugs, and perfect swimming. Highlights include dramatic hikes up adjoining bluffs and side canyons, bathing in natural hot springs, and Southwestern cuisine.
Trip meets in San Angelo, Texas.
See Calander for avalible dates! $2,000pp
The Legendary Rio Grande- Flowing through some of the most beautiful and desolate desert canyons on the continent is truly one of America's premier wilderness rivers, and a true classic of the American Southwest. Forming the long, wild Texas/Mexico border, cutting through the heart of the intensely rugged Chihuahuan Desert, the Rio Grande was not fully explored in its entirety until very late in the nineteenth century. Today it is still regarded as one of the nation's last real frontiers and forms the border of Big Bend National Park. We run the most isolated and spectacular section of all- The Lower Canyons- Massive buttes and peaks rising off the desert flats, then the succession of canyons- miles of sheer, subtly hued walls, at times thousands of feet high.
-Lower Canyons Expedition-
American South West