San Juan River Music Excursion

Dates: May 20-23, 2020 (4 days/3 nights)

Trip Leaders: Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin

Cost: $1150 for MNA and FFOTM members, $1250 non-members

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Details & Itinerary:

Join MNA songwriting residency musicians, Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin, for a truly unique musical river experience. The scenic Lower San Juan River provides the perfect combination of relaxing water along with several class II rapids for some excitement. During the day, float through the magnificent Goosenecks, hike in side canyons while watching for desert bighorn sheep along the way. Spend the evenings beneath the stars enjoying music by two premiere western songwriters while reflecting on the day’s journey.

We will meet at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 am for a brief trip orientation, departing by 7:30 am for Mexican Hat, Utah. We begin our river adventure on Wednesday morning, returning to MNA by 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 23.

*Optional pre-trip dinner on Tuesday, May 19 in Flagstaff

Cost Includes:

  • Meals from lunch on Wednesday, May 20 through lunch on Saturday, May 23
  • Transportation to and from MNA to Mexican Hat, Utah
  • All permits, guides, boats, river equipment and waterproof bags

What to Expect:

We will be traveling in a 12 passenger van, our trip beginning and ending in Flagstaff.  Elevation on the San Juan River is about 4000 feet.  Participants should be comfortable riding in a boat for much of each day along with some hiking.  You will be asked to provide your health history and information at the time of registration.  Please call (928) 774-5211 x222 with questions or concerns


Cancellations must be received in writing by mail, fax, or email. If notice of cancellation is received before 30 days prior to departure, trip fees will be refunded less a $200.00 administrative fee. For one day trips, the administrative fee is $50.00. If cancellation notice is received after 30 days prior to departure, no refunds will be issued. If the Museum cancels a trip due to inclement weather or insufficient enrollment, a full refund including the deposit will be issued. MNA is not responsible for airline cancellation penalties in the event of cancellation for any reason. This policy is followed per person without exception. We highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

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