https://goo.gl/photos/n9gw2doVCQpXc69c7 (Note: to view photos, click on the link above. On the upper right hand corner are three dots. Click on that and choose "Slideshow." Once the slideshow starts, you can hit the "pause" button. From then on, it is easy to use your cursor to advance to the next slide whenever you're ready.) Many sea kayakers are familiar with trip destinations in the US Southwest such as Lake Powell or the Labyrinth-Stillwater section of the Green River in Canyonlands NP. These are both flatwater trips which are best done in sea kayaks. However, the San Juan River is SE Utah is only slightly more difficult since there are only a half-dozen Class II+ rapids, and one true Class III rapid, along an 83 mile stretch of river. If you’re a sea kayaker who’s got some basic experience in Class II-III WW, I really don’t think you’d have too much trouble paddling the San Juan. But while this run doesn’t offer much in the way rapids, it does offer some of the most spectacular Native American ruins, petroglyphs, and pictographs you can find anywhere in the SW, as well as some outstanding red rock canyons and hikes. I also saw a lot of wildlife on this run, including song birds singing all morning long, a group of three bighorn rams down by the river bank one afternoon, and the time I got accosted by a wild turkey in one of my camps. A highway cuts through this run at the small town of Mexican Hat, so some groups just do the short upper section (where all the best ruins are) and some people only do the lower section (where are all the best red rock canyons are). I did the full run as a 9-day trip: 3 days for the upper section and 6 days for the lower. That’s a very leisurely pace, and it could certainly be done in less time. It’s also fun to stop in Mexican Hat along the way, to empty out your garbage and recyclables, grab lunch or dessert at the restaurant, and then head downstream. I had cached a six-pack of beer in the brush near the bridge before I launched, so Mexican Hat was also a much needed beer resupply location for me, too!