Rafting & Ruins on the San Juan River (US)

Dates: 4/10 – 4/16
Location: Utah
Price Range: $3,000 – $3,500
Theme: Outdoors Adventure
Faculty Contact: John Stegeman

On this trip, we will explore nature, whitewater river rafting, incredible desert landscapes, and ancient and ancestral Puebloan culture by rafting a stretch of the San Juan River from Bluff to Mexican Hat, Utah.  The river itself is mostly calm flowing with moderate Class 2 whitewater and winds through a gloriously diverse topography open plains and deep, beautiful canyons. During our three days and two nights camping on the river, we will hike side canyons to visit archaeological sites, including petroglyphs and ancient ruins. On our return trip to Albuquerque, we will spend a day visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park (often referred to as “Chaco Canyon”). The site encompasses a vast and well-preserved array of ruins, dating to the period from 900-1150 AD. In preparation for our trip, we will learn and discuss indigenous history, the ethics of cultural preservation, and the connections between these ruins and contemporary Hopi and Pueblo people. Accommodations off the river will be in local hotels. No rafting experience is necessary but students should be comfortable on and around the river.

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