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Old 05-25-2006   #11
Golden, Colorado
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Originally Posted by El quapo
Looks like Canyon voyages does have good gear and it includes alot of other gear (firepan,etc.) but 70$ a day....whewww....I'm no second home owner....more of a kayaker....Any of you guys know of cheaper deals out there?
That's actually not a bad price and you'll have a tough time beating it from normal raft rental places. Rental fees are good motivation to just buy a used raft, for sure. A couple week long trips and you break even. You can also sell it easy enough for probably what you paid or close enough if you pick your used raft well.

Also, where are you located?

The $120 a week is a scorcher though. No one will beat that.

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Old 05-25-2006   #12
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I wasn't sure if that was a good rate or not, seemed kinda steep to me. I hear ya though, I should definitely have a raft by now. We are coming from ft. collins so were preferring to pick something up on the way. But 120$ next question is how far is Farmpit from the San juan?

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Old 05-25-2006   #13
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It's about 100 boring miles, so will be a couple hours extra driving each way, but if they're decent boats, the price is right....
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Old 05-25-2006   #14
Lyons, Colorado
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I would like to take the family down the San Juan later in the year. How long does it run until it is too low for a raft. Sorry for poaching your topic!
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Old 05-25-2006   #15
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The San Juan, like the Colorado, can be run year-round. This may mean running it at 500 cfs, but it can be done.

As for side hikes, attractions, and other river running info for the SJ, a good place to inquire would be the UtahRafters-dot-org website/forum.

As for the boats at San Juan College, my brother rented one last year. It was a decent but older Hyside with a NRS frame and Carlisle oars with oar rights & enough straps to get it rigged (bring more straps for your personal gear if you've got 'em). If you're not a rafter, you may want to go over how to rig the boat with the staff when you pick it up. You'll need to adjust the seat for your height and probably make other minor adjustments to the frame. The only thing I'd be wary of is what they gave us for a "dry box" - kind of like an flimsy over-sized plastic suitcase that didn't really attach to the frame very well & wasn't really sturdy enough for an adult to sit on. I think it was some kind of Army-surplus gear box. Ask about it in advance and if they haven't upgraded their gear over what we had last year, be ready to get some big drybags and eat pringles and make your sandwiches with pita bread or tortillas (life's rough, eh?). Overall, I really appreciate the service they provide and for $120/wk, it's the best deal you'll find - I've got a boat reserved for June and will continue to come back to them for my brother's western boating trips.

Call San Juan College ASAP to reserve a boat - it may be slim pickings for the rest of the summer.

Have fun,

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Old 06-03-2006   #16
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San Juan River Rafting

I have an older Achilles 16' raft for sale $550. It's a none self bailer but still a great boat.
I'm here in Denver if you haven't gotten one yet.

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