Utah’s San Juan River is born as snow on southern Colorado’s Continental Divide. Meandering through sculpted, painted canyons, the San Juan eventually joins the Colorado River under what is now Lake Powell.
Piñon pine and juniper are the predominant trees. There are also sagebrush, cactus, and desert shrubs throughout the area, and along the river, cottonwoods, tamarisk, and willows are common. Bighorn sheep, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, and other small rodents, and an occasional bobcat or cougar, may be spotted. The river has amazing current, and a number of Class 1 and 2 rapids.