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San Juan River

Basics
Location:
San Juan Mountain, North New Mexico, Lake Powell
Setting:
Mountains, desert, red rock canyon
Elevation:
4000 feet
Season:
Year-Round

Description

A major tributary of the Colorado River, the San Juan arises in southwestern Colorado and joins the Colorado River near Lake Powell. Excellent fishing and rafting can be found as the river winds through spectacular desert country.

Almost certainly one of the most unique rivers in the United States, the San Juan river begins high in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, before flowing south into New Mexico. Some of the best fishing on the entire river can be found on this stretch, near Aztec, NM. As the San Juan crosses the southwest desert, major tributaries include the Animas, Chaco, and Chinle Creek. The river meanders through goosenecks, sometimes progressing over five miles over a single straight mile, passing countless ancient Native American ruins. Near Clay Hills, Utah, the San Juan River joins the Colorado River at Lake Powell, forming what is know as the San Juan are.

See complete coverage of the San Juan River, including Rafting guides and outfitters, area lodging, and more.

Fishing

Fish:
Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods:
Fly fishing, bait

Details

Location:
San Juan Mountain, North New Mexico, Lake Powell
Setting:
Mountains, desert, red rock canyon
Elevation:
4000 feet
Flows from 11,000 ft. to 3900 ft.
Usage:
Rafting, fishing
Season:
Year-Round
Check locally for conditions
Camping Info
Many maintained and primitive campground.

Amenities

Water Features
  • Boat Ramp
  • Stocked Fish
  • No Stocked Fish
  • Fishing Pier
  • Campground
Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing

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