Paddleboarding the San Juan River during a family vacation

FAMILY VACATION

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Created: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:55 pmUpdated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:10 pm
San Juan River rafting
Its 100 degrees and there are 17 of you in boats on Utah’s lower San Juan River. You’d better believe there are going to be water cannons.

How to be parents and still have a life.

Words by Brandon Mathis, Photos by Bee Alaine Mathis

San Juan River rafting with children
Kids do the darndest things.

Your family vacation doesn’t have to be boring. Ask these families who took their children on a multi-day raft trip down the San Juan River. These kids turn a river trip with the folks into a rip roaring good time.

Raft party barge on the San Juan River
Sometimes the best thing to do is rope it all together and float on down, party barge style.

What you’ll need

Rafts, umbrellas, kayaks, pack rafts, stand up paddle boards (SUPs), squirt guns, water cannons and a unicorn mask.

San Juan River stand up paddleboarding unicorn
Maybe the heat gets to some people.

What to do

Costume party, talent show, mud bath and day spa, cliff diving and/or fire starting contest.

“The kids were awesome,” said river tripper and trip photographer Bee Alaine Mathis. “They even set up a mud spa in the middle of the whole thing. We went cliff diving in swimming holes. Seeing them experiencing this with their families was beautiful. The kids kept it all together. It was so incredible.”

Paddleboarding the San Juan River during a family vacation
Father and daughter duo float down the San Juan River by way of paddleboard.
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