The San Juan River begins in Archuleta County, Colorado at the confluence of its East and West Forks. Both forks originate above elevations of 10,000 feet in the eastern San Juan Mountains in the San Juan National Forest. The river flows southwest through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains through the town of Pagosa Springs and reaches the Navajo Lake reservoir just north of the New Mexico border, near Arboles, Colorado. Below the Navajo Dam the San Juan River flows west through a narrow farming valley in high desert country of the Colorado Plateau. At Farmington, New Mexico, it is joined from the north by its main tributary, the Animas River, which rises in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado.
Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, 40 miles South of Durango, Colorado and 30 miles Northeast of Farmington, New Mexico.
The San Juan River is world renowned for providing some of the most rewarding trout fishing you will ever experience.
The San Juan is a consistent producer of both rainbows and browns averaging 16 to 18 inches, with many reaching much larger proportions. Recent studies have suggested that there are 15,000 fish per mile.
Since the completion of the Navajo Dam in the early 60’s, the river below the dam has provided a perfect environment for the growth of trophy sized trout. Brown trout naturally reproduce in the river and the rainbow fingerlings that are stocked yearly are essentially wild by the time they reach maturity. Catching them is an experience you will never forget!
The San Juan has developed a far reaching reputation for Gold Medal trout fishing throughout the year. With comfortable temperatures all four seasons, you can be assured of enjoyable fishing whenever you fish it.
The San Juan provides something for everyone, year round. Clothing should be layered so you can adapt to the widely varying temperatures. Afternoon rain showers are common also. Rain is common in the summer. Bring a rain jacket even if the sky is cloudless in the morning. Sun block (SPF 30+), sun gloves, hats, neck protection, polarized sunglasses and sun protective clothing are highly recommended.
San Juan River Fly Fishing Lodges
Abe’s Motel & Fly Shop
1791 NM-173, Navajo Dam, NM 87419•(505) 632-2194
Enchanted Hideaway Lodge
1593 HWY 173, Navajo Dam, NM 87419
Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
1796 NM-173, Navajo Dam, NM 87419•(505) 634-0463
51 Co Rd 4275, Navajo Dam, NM 87419•(505) 632-5717
Soaring Eagle Lodge
48 Rd 4370, Navajo Dam, NM 87419•(505) 632-3721