The San Juan wilderness invites you to get your feet wet! Make a big splash, organize a family hike, have a group picnic, or tell tall tales under the full moon. We’re here to encourage you, to help you enjoy everything happening around you.

Adventure Discovery guides have been rowing the San Juan River for more than 40 years. We’re excited to introduce you to its clear pools, fern glens, ancient ruins, fossils, and petroglyphs. You choose your level of involvement. Oar-powered rafts are available if you want our seasoned river runners to handle the rowing. Prefer a more active experience? You can be part of the crew on our paddle rafts or negotiate the river currents in an inflatable kayak.

Every member of our team is an expert guide with a Utah Boatman’s license, trained in first aid and CPR. That’s just the start of their qualifications. What makes our team special is the extra knowledge they bring to each trip. Backgrounds in geology, anthropology, biology, and their willingness to share their favorite hiking spots with you. Perhaps their greatest expertise is making you feel like part of the gang. Whether you visit with us three days or more, you’ll return home with lasting friendships.

Come ride the river with us. If you’re seeking excitement, we’re heading in your direction.


Jene K. Vredevoogd MA.

Founded A/D fifty years ago.  Taught science, high school counselor, coach, college instructor in education department of Western Michigan and backcountry guide. Directed therapeutic group home program for 25 years. My initial idea was to use wilderness as a tool to help young folks figure things out. It worked. Kids gained skills and confidence. Seeing most youngsters were information rich and experience poor we added a hands on educational curriculum. Knowing the value of outdoor experience just floating down the river and hiking to ancient ruins is just plain fun. Go for it, it’s wonderful!

Cody Little

I’ll never forget my first San Juan River Trip with Adventure Discovery Tours. I was 12, soloed a inflatable canoe for approximately four miles before wrapping it around a strainer at the point of an island!

I grew up spending every summer rowing boats on a river I love and with a crew that quickly became family. My experiences on the San Juan River have been unique and rewarding. In the past, Adventure Discovery provided opportunities for folks who’s health issues might prevent them from experiencing a river trip and allowed me to connect with and learn from the people who know this land the best–the native tribes who settled this area thousands of years before the arrival of European pioneers. After 20 years, I’m even more dedicated to the stewardship of a rare American southwest river, the noteworthy cultures that call this area home, and a company that helped shape me into the person I am today.

A river trip with Adventure Discovery Tours offers a one-off San Juan River experience.  A chance to unplug, stick your feet in the sand and enjoy “The Wild West”, on San Juan river time!

Kim Whitley

In The Wind in the Willows the river rat patiently instructs Mr. Mole in the ways of the river, “There is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”  I couldn’t agree more!

I have more than a decades’ experience on rivers across the United States but the San Juan will always be my pick for it’s mix of wildlife, stunning vistas, human artefacts, and fern covered grottos. Every member of our crew has a unique knowledge and skill-set. With my biology background, I’m most adept at natural history interpretation. My years on the river mean you’ll be camping with a capable guide who can prep an awesome enchilada bake. I love meeting new people, learning new camp games, and hitting the strings on my old banjo.

Each trip brings a new set of fascinating characters and challenges to overcome. I can’t wait to meet you and mess around in boats together!

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