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River Skills and Anasazi Thrills: Kayaking and Rafting Utah's San Juan River

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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Possessing both the physical and spiritual qualities of a “mini-Grand Canyon,” the San Juan River of Utah provides paddlers the opportunity to discover archaeological and geologic treasures often missed during an exploration of the Four Corners. Discover abundant 800 year old Anasazi ruins as well as some of the largest petroglyph (rock art) panels in the southwest, only accessible by river. This is a great experience for first-time and experienced paddlers alike.


• Enjoy three nights camping on the San Juan River and 29 miles of paddling from Sand Island to Mexican Hat.
• Visit a well-preserved, two-story Anasazi “River-House.”
• Travel through the stark beauty of the Navajo reservation with stops at Navajo National Monument.

Program Notes

River Permits cannot be acquired until six months prior to the start date of the program. Please check with Road Scholar before purchasing plane tickets as program dates may need to change. Update: the permits for the 4/30/16 program have been secured as planned.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Daily hikes of 1-3 miles. Daily paddling in kayaks and rafts of approximately four hours daily. First-time paddlers welcome.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Flagstaff, Ariz., 1 night; van to Bluff, Utah, 3 nights camping on the San Juan River; van to Flagstaff, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.

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May 4 — May 9, 2013 waitlist only  

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences


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