Rafting San Juan River

By the late 1870's, the Mormons had colonized virtually every corner of Utah before pushing the boundaries of "Zion" southeast to the isolated canyons of the San Juan River. It was on the San Juan that Norman Nevills, a pioneer of commercial river running, began his first river trip with a new bride and a boat built from outhouse planks.

This country is a mecca for the lover of slickrock, precious Indian cultural sites, and warm-water rapids. In addition, sand waves caused by shifting sands on the river bottom add several spontaneous roller-coaster rides to the trip.

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