On the Way to Utah and the San Juan River

It is mid-July and we are preparing for a family trip to Utah, including about five days on the San Juan River, with three or four days of camping on either side of the river trip. We leave Colorado on Friday with our put-in date being next Tuesday, 22 July. Although we are only floating from Sand Island (Bluff) to Mexican Hat, we plan to be on the river for five days total. The river distance is only about 30 miles, and many people do it in two days, but we plan to take our time and have fun, see all the sites along the way. There are unlimited diversions to keep us busy- lots of birds, petroglyph panels, ruins- both historic and prehistoric, and interesting geology. For more information on the float, see the Desert Explorer San Juan River Page.

The flow on the San Juan is dropping daily. Today the river is flowing at about 1350 CFS, up about 100 CFS from yesterday, but down from about 2000 CFS a few weeks back. The flow on the San Juan can fluctuate daily by a hundred CFS or more as water is released upstream. You can see the river flows at the USGS website. The weather proves to be hot with the temperature predicted to be about 95 degrees every day for our trip. There is a 30 percent chance of rain nearly every day during our trip. The afternoon showers may help cool us off. If you are heading to southeast Utah be sure to take sunblock.

Fire restrictions have just be enacted throughout Utah. No fires are allowed on the San Juan River corridor as of 08 July. These restrictions also apply to parts of the Green River and Colorado River in southeast Utah. For more information on current fire restrictions, visit the state of Utah Fire Info website.

Check back for updates on the trip at the end of July. We will try to post an update from the field- probably from Comb Ridge Coffee in Bluff after we takeout.


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