Norman Nevills, a pioneer of commercial river-running in the American Southwest was the first to lead river rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. Nevills’ father had gained experience while running whitewater on the Yukon River during the Klondike Gold Rush. These adventures sparked the interest of young Norman and he moved to Mexican Hat, Utah in 1927.

In 1932, Nevills floated the San Juan River in an open boat to carry supplies to a miner down river. Later Nevills led a rafting trip where he took the first two women through the Grand Canyon. In 1940, Nevills led a whitewater rafting trip where he took a young Barry Goldwater down the Grand Canyon. Legend has it that Nevills built his first boat from outhouse boards.

The San Juan River offers some of the most amazing landscape found anywhere. From rainbow colored canyon walls to polished limestone swimming pools, this region always surprises and delights its visitors. From the canyon rim, we have an endless vista of Monument Valley. You’ll find the San Juan White Water Trip an unforgettable experience.

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