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Old 01-06-2013   #1
 
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Early season rafting

Does anyone have recommendations of class 2 or 3 (max) that is a fun late march or April multi day trip. Kid friendly ( 4 and 6 years). Any distance will work.
Arizona? NM? Southern Utah? I've consulted the New Testament and have some ideas.

Also, is there anything in the Midwest that's within 12 hour drive that would fit the bill?

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San Juan in late April - May. Probably not March. Also Deso in late April to mid May. Weather can vary but mosquitos aren't as bad.
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The Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas Can be really good that time of year if the rains fall.
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Rio Grande in Big Bend Texas when there's water.
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When you say the San Juan which section of the San Juan?
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I'll second the San Juan. Did it in early Oct. with a 2 year old and a 4- year old. The average temps are a couple degrees higher then than April. We were lucky and had average weather, nice. Spring tends to be windy in there. Had an epic early spring trip a couple years back when the 4 year old was new. Had to lay over because of the wind. You might consider just doing the 27 miles from Bluff to Mexican Hat in case the weather goes bad and you want to bail. The San Juan is a great kid friendly rio.
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3rd for S.J. Bluff the M.H. Cam still be cold that early, certainly will be at night.

ten hour drive. A little more from Lyons. Look for at least 800 to a grand. We did 600 one March, and while totally doable, was slow and scrapey.
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Has anyone run the verde in Arizona?
The salt?
White river floats?
Moab daily?
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AZ is looking bleek right now. The Verde is flowing around 200 at Camp Verde which is doable (and can be fun)in a Soar canoe or ducky. The Salt is only 150. All of the snowtel sites feeding these 2 rivers have under 2 feet of snow which will not generate much run off. Jan-March can generate some good storms but it has not happened in the past 2 years. Hope for Snow!
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How about your general impression of those runs in a decent to good snow year? Given the criteria listed in the first post. Thanks for any input (ie accurate useful input
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