Archaeological Adventure on the San Juan River

Field Trip, (this trip is full and closed to new registration)

Monday, June 3–Saturday, June 8, 2013

San Juan River, Mexican Hat, UtahSan Juan River, Mexican Hat, UtahPhotograph by Jason S. OrdazSan Juan River, Mexican Hat, UtahPhotograph by Jason S. Ordaz

This 40-mile rafting adventure through the stunningly beautiful Upper Canyon of the San Juan River includes three nights and four days floating from Montezuma Creek to Mexican Hat, Utah. We will visit ancient rock-art sites and cliff dwellings as we travel through a quarter of a billion years of geologic formations. Renowned author and photographer David Grant Noble will share his intimate knowledge of the river and the history of Ancestral Puebloan and Navajo people who have lived along the canyons of the San Juan River. Depending upon time and river flows, we will visit ancient ruins and petroglyph and pictograph panels such as Desert Creek, the Citadel, Sixteenroom House, Lower Butler Wash, River House, Desecration Panel, and the Chinle Wash Story Panel. We’ll also have ample opportunities to explore the natural history and geology of the area with good possibilities of viewing desert big horn sheep and wild turkeys.

SAR vice president and Southwest archaeologist John Kantner will share trip leader responsibilities with David Grant Noble on this enjoyable river adventure. The trip is guided by Wild Rivers Expeditions of Bluff, Utah—a group with over fifty years experience in leading San Juan River trips.

Travel: The trip dates are June 4–7, but participants need to allow June 3rd and 8th to travel to and from Bluff. Everyone must arrive by 7:00 pm on June 3rd to participate in the pre-launch orientation. Personal vehicles may be parked at Recapture Lodge while we are on the river trip.

Activity Level: Moderately strenuous, with hiking distances up to 2 miles roundtrip.

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