San Juan River Rafting Trips in Colorado

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San Juan River White Water Rafting Description:

Beginning high in the majestic San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, the San Juan River flows through some of the best canyon country in the West on it’s over 400 mile journey to join the Colorado River. The San Juan offers excellent choices for short and full day trips as well as extended outings.

Find the San Juan River in Colorado

• Difficulty: Class II-V (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – August

White Water Rafting Trips on the San Juan River:

Trip Lengths:
1/4, 1/3 & Half Day
Outfitter:
Pagosa Outside
Learn More:
www.pagosaoutside.com; 970.264.4202

 

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San Juan River Rafting Sections:

East Fork of the San Juan
Class III-IV
Tight, busy, and technical including rapids with steep drops and turns.

Pagosa Springs Town Run
Class II-III
Short and sweet run through the fun and splashy rapids created by the Pagosa Springs Whitewater Park. This jaunty stretch is flanked by the sulfuric and soothing hot springs.

Mesa Canyon
Class II-III
Easygoing and gentle stretch of river just outside of Pagosa Springs. This section offers a handful of small rapids in a picturesque forested canyon.

 

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The San Juan River is located in southwestern Colorado and runs right through the small town of Pagosa Springs.

Information for San Juan River Self-Guided Boaters:

The San Juan River is in the San Juan National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Columbine Ranger District
    367 Pearl Street, Po Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122
    970.884.1404 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan

Shuttles:
If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.

 

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Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
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This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
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