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Dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a free flowing Colorado River.

2017 San Juan River Trip

August 6th - 10th

Early this month, GCI joined a dozen members and water policy expert Dan McCool for a memorable trip down the San Juan River. As a main tributary to Glen Canyon, this trip was a chance for our members to see firsthand the newly recovering river as it flows into what used to be Lake Powell reservoir.

Our trip with Holiday River Expeditions spanned five days and took us through a stretch of river that is rich with geologic and anthropological history. We stopped for hikes and were guided through the different formations and histories that line the canyon walls. As we floated down calm, silty water we were greeted by birds of prey and bighorn sheep. The diversity of natural history we experienced provoked stirring discussion and blissful reflection on the river. 

In the evenings we had lively dialogue over dinner, with GCI,Dr. McCool, and the knowledgeable guides from Holiday leading discussions into the history and future of water in the Colorado Basin. Our members brought their own areas of expertise and interests to the camp circle, sparking spirited conversation into the night.

By the end of the week we floated many miles of river that were once lost under Lake Powell, giving us with a great sense of optimism for the future of Glen Canyon.

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