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I've scheduled 6 days to float from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills, putting in June 16th. Even with one layover day, have I planned on too many days for this stretch? Also, are there any ruins that we can hike to?

I'm team leader and we're driving a long way . . . I need to get this right.
 

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You can't have too many days down there if you like to hike.

As far as ruins, I don't think you can walk around for more than 20 minutes in that area without stumbling upon a ruin or cultural site of some sort. Of course I urge you to treat them with the utmost respect.

Also, call now to get a permit from the Navajo tribe for camping and hiking on river left.
 

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The biggest challenge is probably that you can only have two nights below Government. That will probably make for a short river day and a layover day. Shoot for any shade you can find, its gonna be hot. 37.7 (I think) mile camp looked good and shady, John's Canyon is great for a layover with a cool, clear pool for swimming. I've got some camp photos and more info from the 19th thru 24th if you're interested.

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Six days from MH? You won't need to row til past Slickhorn,that's for sure. Might as well milk it if you are coming from that far away though. You should of put in at sand island though. Adds a day and there are some
Pretty sweet ruins on that stretch.,it's fairly scenic,and you float by Mexican hat(the rock not the town). I don't understand why people always use the put-in in town vs Sand island. The San Juan is a long long ways from anywhere....may as well add the 20some miles. And there's usually pretty good current...even at 750cfs.

It'll be fun though. Layover day for sure. Bring shade,it'll be super hot.
 

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Not to completely hijack the thread, but any suggestions on shady camps I should request below government? We'll only be spending one night down in that section but it will be the end of the month so very hot. Thanks for the help.
 

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there isn't much shade that is to say it's not like there are any big cottonwood trees or anything like that down there and the best you'll find after government is in the tammy's at either "c" or "d" camps at Slickhorn and the after Oljeto at Steer Gulch camp which is really quite nice as can be expected at mile 78 river right. Hippity ho!
 

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I don't understand why people always use the put-in in town vs Sand island.

Don't get what you mean?

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Not to completely hijack the thread, but any suggestions on shady camps I should request below government? We'll only be spending one night down in that section but it will be the end of the month so very hot. Thanks for the help.
Slickhorn is about all you got, steer gulch has some shade but always looks buggy.

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I don't understand why people always use the put-in in town vs Sand island.

Don't get what you mean?

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I'm saying to put-in at Sand Island and not Mexican Hat(the town)...unless you have some sort of time constraints. What kind of boater has those...
 

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there isn't much shade that is to say it's not like there are any big cottonwood trees or anything like that down there and the best you'll find after government is in the tammy's at either "c" or "d" camps at Slickhorn and the after Oljeto at Steer Gulch camp which is really quite nice as can be expected at mile 78 river right. Hippity ho!
Oljeto looked really nice when we were down there earlier this spring. We stayed at Steer Gulch, but that was before the bugs...
 
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