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San Juan River Lodging

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Fisheads | Soaring Eagle | Abe's Motel & Flyshop  | Rainbow Lodge

Fisheads Lodge

Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
Only ORVIS endorsed outfitter
on the San Juan River.


1796 Hwy 173 | View Map
Navajo Dam, NM 8741

Chris Taylor, owner of Fisheads Guide Service, has recently purchased Rizuto’s San Juan River Lodge in the center of the town of Navajo Dam. Those of you who have fished with Fisheads Guide Service know the quality and the eagerness to please that has made Fisheads the premier guide service on the San Juan river. That same quality and service is now available in lodging on the river.

Fisheads San Juan River Lodge has eight rooms that will accommodate up to eighteen people. Each room has been remodeled, and all of them have 32” flat screenTV’s with Direct TV satellite access, microwave ovens, refrigerators and WiFi access. All of the bedding is new as are the pillows. Pride is evident everywhere in the cleanliness and upkeep of each room.

Coming on line soon will be an accommodation called “Chuck’s Place” which is a four bedroom house. The house has a master suite with its own bath, two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bedroom with a double bed. There is also another full bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and a living room with a futon and a 42” flat screen TV. As with all of the accommodations, Chuck’s Place is fully air conditioned. This will be perfect for families, and small groups that want to stay together.

Also at the Fisheads San Juan River Lodge is an endorsed fully equipped ORVIS fly shop. In the fly shop, we offer the full line of ORVIS equipment and accessories. With a minimum $50.00 order, anything you order from us will be shipped to you for free. The fly selection we offer at the shop is second to none on the San Juan. They are custom tied flies specifically for the San Juan and its unique hatches. You can also get up to date information on the river and its hatches so you know what bugs are hatching and what flies are working as soon as you get here. No wasting time trying to figure out what’s going on your first day. Start right off with the correct flies and catching those famous San Juan River trout. You will find our staff very knowledgeable and eager to help and share their experience and knowledge of the river.

By the end of July, we will have our restaurant, “The Backcast Cafe” open for your dining pleasure. The restaurant will bring great food prepared by Chef Josh Mesker, a graduate of Johnson Wales Culinary School, to the town of Navajo Dam. Josh will be offering fine dining as well as lighter fare to satiate your appetite after a great day of fishing on the river. Until the restaurant opens, we are within easy walking distance of the two restaurants in the town of Navajo Dam.

Fisheads Guide Service, the only ORVIS Endorsed guide service on the San Juan river, received the Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the Year award for the year of 2008. This prestigious award is given to only one guide service in the entire country each year, and is earned by outstanding effort and the resultant customer satisfaction in every aspect of    guiding fly fisherman and women. For complete information on Fisheads Guide Service go to

For further information on any of the facets of the Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, please call 505-634-0463.

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Soaring Eagle Guide Service

Soaring Eagle Lodge LLC
P.O. Box 6340
Navajo Dam, NM 87419


Phone:  1-800-866-2719
Or: 505-632-3721
Fax: 505-632-5621

Soaring Eagle Lodge is the San Juan’s only river front lodge. We provide first class accommodations, outstanding meal services, conference rooms, a fly shop, guide service, and private river access to nearly 2 miles of the world famous San Juan River.   Come stay with us at Soaring Eagle Lodge and let us help make your trip a truly memorable experience.

Lodging & Dinning:   Our Guest House Suites conveniently accommodate the most serious angler.  The San Juan River is almost within casting distance of our waterfront cabins.  Each guesthouse has wader racks and rod racks, both indoor and outdoor.  The cabins also have Satellite TV, telephones, kitchenettes with full size refrigerators, microwaves, cups and drink tumblers, dishes, lounge chairs, patio with patio furniture... and a beautiful view of the San Juan River.  For your convenience we have a first class restaurant and conference center game room.  We offer a fantastic meal service with delicious, gourmet dining, prepared by culinary degreed Chefs.  We serve breakfast and dinner daily and a shore lunch will be provided for your day on the river by your guide.

Fly Shop:  We have a full line fly shop on the premises for your convenience. We carry major brands such as Sage & Winston rods, Ross, Hatch & Galvan reels.  We also have all the technical clothing you will need to complete your experience, offering Simms, Patagonia and more.  We off course have all the killer fly patterns hand tied by our guides.  You may also obtain your New Mexico fishing license right in our fly shop. We, also have rod, reel and wader rentals available for your convenience.

Guide Service:   Soaring Eagle Outfitters, Inc. has a world class guide service. The guides have been selected on fishing ethics, river knowledge and professionalism. The guides are CPR and First Aid certified, and are highly experienced.  Soaring Eagle requires all their guides have at least 10 year experience fishing the San Juan before service is contracted to ensure you fish with the best!  We may also arrange for your convenience guided fishing on Navajo Lake or other rivers in Southwest Colorado.

Fight Fish, Not People:  Soaring Eagle Lodge has special access waterfront privileges to approximately 2 miles of the San Juan River.  This is not in the “public” section of the river but truly private… the fish in this area are primitive and wild.  Large brown trout are not uncommon in this section of the river.  We limit this fishing to 6 lucky angler per day.  Restriction on the ranch provides you with solitude so you don't have to fight the crowds of this world class fishery but prior reservation is required.

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Abe's Motel and Fly Shop

Abe's Motel & Fly Shop, Inc.
P.O. Box 6428
Navajo Dam, NM 87419


Phone:  505-632-2194

Where the Greatest Fly Fishermen in the world meet.  SINCE 1958

Family owned and operated business, established by Abe & Patsy Chavez, pioneers of the San Juan River.  We are an Orvis Dealer featuring a full service fly shop that fills ALL angling needs including fishing licenses.   The helpful & friendly staff fishes the river and shares up to the minute fishing information and river conditions.  The San Juan River has constant water temperature offering year round fishing unequalled in the US. Hefty Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats are common. We are Open sunup to sundown, 364 days of the year. Great restaurant & lounge. We have an RV Park-with full hookups, handy Grocery store, Gas Station, and Boat Storage Facilities too.

Lodging:  Anglers' favorite lodging facility on the San Juan River.  Comfortable rooms with convenient housekeeping amenities within walking distance of river & hungry trout!  The rooms are spacious and most include 2 double beds and a kitchenette.

Restaurant:  El Pescador Restaurant is open early for a hearty breakfast before heading to the fabulous San Juan. Full menu, specializing in New Mexican Cuisine, plus other delicious entrées, steaks, burgers & daily specials. Picnic lunches are available for daylong fishing.  We can accommodate special fly fishing clubs &/or group needs.

Guide Service:  Born-n-Raised on the San Juan River, Inc. Guide Service.   Since 1986. Tim Chavez, Outfitter for Born-n-Raised, Inc. was in fact, born & raised on the San Juan River & fished it since he was a kid.   Featuring full day wade &/or float trips in McKenzie river dories.   Includes helpful fly-fishing tips & techniques, aquatic life information and knowledge of ideal areas to access on your own. Provides many fond memories of one of the top ten trout rivers in the world.  Easily accommodates one-on-one instruction or grand fishing groups with the largest guiding staff on the San Juan.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced fly-fisher, you can be sure our skilled and hospitable guides will personalize your fly-fishing adventure on the San Juan.

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Rainbow Lodge & Resolution Guide Service

Rainbow Lodge & Resolution Guide Service


Toll Free:  1-888-328-1858 or
Alternate: 1-505-632-5717
P/O Box 6488
Navajo Dam, NM 87419

Rainbow Lodge and Resolution Guide Service owned and operated by Steve Gill and is located on the banks of the San Juan River, just downstream from the town of Navajo Dam, New Mexico. We are the only lodge on the banks of the river in the public water area.  From our lodge you can walk out the back gate and have access to over 6 miles of the San Juan River with uninterrupted access and no rod fees. What could be better than a little dry fly action out your back door after a memorable dinner? We are also the only lodge in the area offering an extensive choice of other rivers and creeks in the area to fish as well as Navajo Lake for bass, pike and carp. We are the only lodge in the area to have a professionally trained Chef on property. Put all this together with one of the most experienced guide staffs on the river and you'll see why we are the only call you want to make.

LODGING: One of the newest lodges on the banks of the San Juan River and completely re-done in Jan '03. We offer wonderful accommodations, each suite has two bedrooms, private bath, couches and recliner chairs, satellite television, dry bar, minifridge and in-room phones. Each suite sleeps four people very comfortably, they are easily the nicest rooms on the river.

MEALS:  Quail quesadilla w/ fontana, camembert and grilled peach salsa Baby greens w/warm wild mushrooms and 4 herb vinaigrette Poached chicken breast stuffed with spinach and goat cheese w/ a light saffron sauce accompanied by roasted butternut squash risotto and seasonal vegetable Chocolate bread pudding w/cream anglaise

Hand tossed baby pizza w/caramelized onions and brie Mixed wild greens w/tequila and chili smoked pacific salmon and strawberry vinaigrette Hand cut rib eye w/sauce béarnaise, whipped Yukon gold potatoes and a grilled vegetable tart Flourless chocolate ganache cake w/port wine infused chantilly cream

Why do we put such an emphasis on our food? Simple, no one else does and because the fishing is just part of your over all experience!

GUIDE SERVICE: We offer some of the rivers top guides! Our guides are all full time river guides, what that means to you is you'll get the benefits of fishing with a guide that fishes local waters 200+ days a year. We offer guided float and wade trip on the San Juan and lower San Juan. We are also the only lodge in the area with permits in Colorado to guide on 9 other rivers and creeks. We also have the only full time guide that is a licensed US Coast Guard Captain offering guided fishing on Navajo Lake for bass, pike and carp. Day trips to other area rivers and creeks, a chance to hit the lake for topwater bass and pike action, all are just a few of your choices as a change of pace from there main attraction, the San Juan. Great guides, most river choices, best meals, stream side lodging - pick up the phone for one stop shopping!

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