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Find a Foodie Oasis
The town of Bluff, the put-in for San Juan River trips, sits just 50 miles from Monument Valley. But until recently it was about a hundred miles from a decent bite to eat. Then chef Leah Schrenk opened the San Juan River Kitchen (435-672-9956). Schrenk, a 34-year-old sandy blonde with a knack for kitchen chemistry, keeps it local. Veggies come from the organic garden she shares with a local rafting outfitter, and she buys her organic meats from a local ranch. Stop in post-hike, post-ride, or post-paddle and sample specials like dolmas wrapped in Swiss chard and kale or peppers stuffed with rice, sausage, and veggies. The homemade desserts—such as the chocolate-cayenne cake filled with fruit from nearby orchards—are worth the trip by themselves.

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