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Old 05-23-2006   #1
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San Juan River raft ?

Can anyone recommend somewhere to rent an oar rig for a week? I'm a kayaker so I dont know where to begin. Anywhere cheaper in colorado to get one for that long or is there somewhere near the San juan or moab that I should be looking. Thanks for any help

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Old 05-23-2006   #2
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Try calling the Rec Program at San Juan College- they used to rent boats pretty cheap.

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Old 05-24-2006   #3
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You're best bet in Moab is probably Canyon Voyages (435-259-6007) or Western River Expeditions (435-259-7019).
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Try Recapture Lodge in Bluff UT
if they wont, ask if someone else there does
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Cool, thanks for the info. Any other recommended, must see campsites or hikes from you guys who have done it?
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I would second renting from Canyon Voyages in Moab - nice people, good quality gear - rented from them a couple times before I bought my rafts.

As for San Juan, on Bluff-Mex Hat, gotta see the petroglyph panel at Butler Wash and do the hike to River House ruin. Limited campsites, but perched meander has nice views and there's a good one at 8-foot I think. Below Mex Hat, definitely camp and hike at Slickhorn - awesome pools and even though there are several camps, they're fairly well spread out - camp B or C are best I think. Grand Gulch is another good hike. Oljeto is woth the hike if you're camped there - can be a good camp - just depends on wind and how much beach there is/isn't.
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couple of other hikes

1. it's a nice hike up a slickrock ridge up comb ridge to the south of the river. Great views and fun to walk up the slick rock. If you have a geologist type in the trip, have them tell you about the mule ear diatreme.

2. below mexican hat, there's a nice hike up and over one of the goosenecks. I don't recall exactly where, but it's on the map.

3. Likewise, there's a named trail up to the rim (Honnaker trail?). A fairly stunning promentory out over the river part way up. Nice views from the top, too.

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Old 05-25-2006   #8
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Alright, gonna try again. I called recapture and they dont rent boats and the dude said nowhere in Bluff does rentals. Guess, I gotta look to moab....or possibly colorado? rent.

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?
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I would check Four Corners River Sports in Durango if you are down that direction. Not positive, but I bet they rent oar rigs.

Regarding hikes/camps, Slickhorn Canyon and Grand Gulch are both very cool spots. One of my own favorite spots is John's Canyon located between Ross and Government rapids. It has a great camp, and in the slickrock canyon above camp is an excellent plunge pool. You have to do a bit of climbing to get to it but it is well worth the effort.

Have fun!

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Found the Rental Center at San Juan College in FarmPit-

$120 per week is pretty cheap, I think.

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