7 Day Whitewater Rafting on the San Juan River


7 Day Whitewater Rafting on the San Juan River

Join Us For A Journey Of A Lifetime!

Raft the mighty San Juan River surrounded by picturesque desert landscapes.  Camp underneath the stars. Learn about Native American history and culture. Make new friends and experience the transformative power of the Desert Southwest!

Throughout this adventure fueled expedition, delve into the science and history of the desert southwest and its unique ecological systems. Give back by participating in an ongoing service project to protect the pristine waters against erosion and pollution.

Expedition Overview

This expedition, operated by our partners at Grand Canyon Youth, is designed for any student between the ages of 13-17, with or without rafting experience.  You’ll fall asleep counting shooting stars, see desert wildlife like you’ve never seen before, and learn all the basics of white water rafting while making friendships that will last a lifetime.

Your journey begins in Phoenix, Arizona, where you will meet your No Barriers Expedition Leader before departing for Flagstaff. There you will receive a thorough orientation from Grand Canyon Youth, our rafting partner and guides, and bond with your fellow travelers as you spend your first night camping under the stars.

From there, you will head to Sand Island, Utah, and launch on the San Juan River! For the remainder of your journey, you will be fully immersed in the beautiful landscape of the Desert Southwest. Your days on the river will be spent traveling downstream, exploring historical and cultural sites, hiking up side canyons to petroglyphs, seeing wildlife, playing games, and paddling together as a team. All this will be accompanied with facilitation of the No Barriers Life curriculum, which focuses on themes of personal growth and overcoming adversity.

After your time on the river, you will head back to Flagstaff for your No Barriers Closing Ceremony, say goodbye to your fellow travelers and friends, and depart for Phoenix to fly home. This program will provide you opportunities to build community, explore your personal potential, and ultimately discover that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.


Dates: August 1 – 7, 2019

Cost: $2200
This cost does not include your flight to and from Phoenix International Airport

Ages: 13 – 17.

Enrollment Deadline:  May 15, 2019


White Water Rafting on the San Juan in the Southwest 2019

7 Days | All Inclusive | | Download Itinerary



  • Depart your home gateway and arrive in Phoenix, AZ where you will meet the rest of the group and your No Barriers Expedition Leaders.
  • Drive to Flagstaff, AZ (~2 hours) and arrive at the Grand Canyon Youth Office for a gear check and orientation.


  • Overnight camping at Sunset Crater National Monument



  • Breakfast & No Barriers Opening Ceremony


  • Travel to Sand Island, Utah. Meet river guide crew and launch on San Juan River!


  • Make camp along the banks of the San Juan. Dinner and sleeping under the stars

Day 3 - 5: RIVER DAYS!


  • Breakfast, pack up camp & travel downstream on inflatable oar rafts. Explore historical & cultural sites, hike up side canyons to petroglyphs, see wildlife, play games and paddle as a team.


  • Make camp along the banks of the San Juan. Dinner and sleeping under the stars




  • Breakfast, pack up camp, and travel downstream to Mexican Hat boat ramp in Utah.



  • Assist in de-rigging boats and travel back to Flagstaff, AZ.


  • Dinner, showers, re-pack for airport & complete No Barriers Evaluations.
  • Overnight at KOA in Flagstaff



  • Depart for Phoenix and say your goodbyes before departing your flight home!

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student