Utah’s Canyon Country Announces First Day of River Rafting Season–Wild River Expeditions Offering First Ever Annular Eclipse Trips on the San Juan River

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San Juan County Utah–known as Canyon Country–begins its 2012 river rafting season with 83% of normal runoff and a chance for late storms. Many options are available for river rafting trips through remarkable geographical formations and pristine wilderness with an option for a specialty trip down the river to view the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse.

Rafting in Utah's Canyon County

San Juan River Rafting

"This is a rare opportunity to see one of nature’s most fascinating events, in one of North America’s richest archaeological areas." Nathan Sosa, office manager at Wild River Expeditions.

San Juan County, Utah—known as Utah’s Canyon County—announces the March 7th start of its celebrated river rafting season on the San Juan River, which cuts through the heart of the Colorado Plateau, offering nature’s front row to extraordinary land formations, 300 million years of geology, archaeology, rock art and numerous National Parks and Monuments. With runoff measuring at 83% of normal and late storms possible, this season is off to a tremendous start. San Juan County has one of the longest rafting seasons in the North America, lasting from March through October, with Bluff, Utah (near Monument Valley) serving as its base. With over 50 years experience, Wild River Expeditions is announcing its first ever annular eclipse trip this May.

Wild River Expeditions offers one to ten day trips— traveling through the upper canyon, lower canyon or both—spanning 26 to 84 miles of river and includes many specialty trips focusing on different aspects of the area, two of which are planned to highlight the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2012, as this area is one of the prime spots in North America from which to view it. This specialty trip from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills is 5 days and 4 nights and planned to allow you one of the best views of the new moon moving in front of the sun, with special glasses for eclipse viewing. An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun and it appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the moon.

“This is a rare opportunity to see one of nature’s most fascinating events, in one of North America’s richest archaeological areas,” said Nathan Sosa, office manager at Wild River Expeditions.

With a few lively rapids but mostly mild waters, the San Juan is perfect for families and others who think boats are the best way for traveling through Colorado Plateau canyon country. Upper Canyon trips, 26 miles in one to five days, explore its famed rock art, cliff dwellings and surface sites that together tell the story of the now-departed Ancestral Puebloan civilization. Highlights include lower Butler Wash rock art panel, River House cliff dwelling, and its geology of exposed rock layers, evidence of 150 million years of the Earth's history, and one of the most dramatic red rock landscapes in the world. Lower canyon trips, 58 miles in four or five days, include hikes onto historical trails and into side canyons reveal stunning views and water sculpted canyons with pools, waterfalls and hanging gardens. Full Canyon Trips, 84 miles in seven to ten days, combine the prehistory and geology of the upper canyon with the serenity of the lower canyon, and make for an unparalleled experience with a more leisurely pace and more time to visit prehistoric sites, explore side canyons, abandoned meanders and historic trails.

San Juan County offers an excellent selection of motels, lodges, RV parks, campgrounds, resorts, fine dining and family restaurants to complement the visitor experience. Cultural and natural history experiences abound in Canyon Country. Edge of the Cedars State Park & Museum highlights the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture with the largest display of artifacts in the Four Corners. Newspaper Rock Recreation Site offers a large petroglyph panel. Cowboy and Mormon history add color to the county's foundation as do Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Ute artisans whose work is available at local trading posts and galleries.

About San Juan County
Located in the Four Corners region of the southwest United States, Utah’s Canyon County is the heart of the Colorado Plateau with the textbook geology that created its breathtaking canyons and majestic mountains. San Juan County provides a perfect, centralized base of travel to the world-renowned features that surround us. National Parks and Monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Arches, Lake Powell, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, and Mesa Verde are all within Canyon Country or easy driving distance. State parks include Edge of the Cedars Museum and the great Goosenecks of the San Juan River. All of this and more is easily visited from our excellent selection of motels, lodges, RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts. Fine dining as well as family restaurants complement the visitor experience.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Padilla
JLH Media
505 577 1347

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