Durango’s Animas River Rafting
Half-day & Full-day Whitewater rafting river trips on the Animas River in Durango, Colorado.
And this year we couldn’t be more excited for the new whitewater park at Smelter Rapids.
|Durango’s Animas River
Inflatable Kayaks: Intermediate
Premium Boat: Intermediate
Paddle Boarding: Mild
||High Water: Class I, II and III Rapids
Low Water: Class I, II and one Class III Rapid
||April – September
||Raft: Ages 4-84!
Inflatable Kayak: Age 12+ and must be 5’ 2’’ tall
Premium Boat: Age 12+ (4+ when reserved as a more private boat option)
|Current Water Levels
Lower Animas River Description:
Experience the new Smelter Rapids! With over a million dollars in improvements and additions, new thrills await you. Relax and enjoy a different view of historic Durango as you bounce through fun-filled rapids like “New Smelter, “Sawmill,” “Santa Rita” and “Pinball,” while experiencing Lower Animas River Rafting
. Your guide will share history of the region and stories of local traditions. This popular river rafting trip through Durango on the Animas River is enjoyed by families, reunions, groups, first timers and rafting veterans alike. Plus, the city’s newly restored whitewater park at Smelter Rapids has improved river features for both top level adventurers and recreational boaters.
No experience is necessary; we provide all you need including safety orientation and instruction.
Click here for directions to our main office in Durango.
These are generally 15 foot self-bailing rafts. Choose an oar boat, where the guide navigates with oars from the back of the boat, and you can help paddle if you want, or a paddle boat where everyone, including the guide, paddles.
Smaller boats with smaller tubes so at higher water levels they increase the level of adventure. They can be set up as Paddle Boats or Oar Boats. In a Paddle Boat, the guide has a paddle like the customers so everyone has to help navigate and paddle through the rapids. If the guests want more adventure, the guide can also go for the riskier lines through the rapids. When rigged as an Oar Boat, the guide has more control so guests have the option to sit back and relax or assist in paddling through the rapids.
Premium Boats can also be reserved as a more private boat option. We normally put 4 to 5 people (6 if there are 6 in the group) in a Premium Boat as opposed to 8 or 9 in the regular sized rafts. With this option, guests can request an Oar or Paddle Boat. If your group has younger kids and reserves a Premium Boat as a more private boat option, the guides will take more conservative lines as safety is our number one priority. At lower water levels, the Premium Boats only offer more of a private trip and there is no added adventure.
For those who want to increase the level of adventure further and control their own destiny, this is the perfect option! No experience necessary and an instructional guide will be provided. Each person will be in his/her own single person inflatable kayak. Interested? Go to Lower Animas River Kayaking
Paddle boarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the world and you can try it out right here in Durango, Colorado! Learn the basics and paddle down slow moving water or through a lake (depending on water levels) in a kneeling or standing position on long flat inflatable boards (kind of like surf boards) with an instructional guide. Check out Paddle Boarding
for more information.
• Looking for a mild trip that lasts longer than one day?? The Colorado River
offers the perfect multi-day trip!
• Does the Lower Animas sound a little too
mild for your taste? Check out the Upper Piedra
for more adventure!
Durango’s Animas River Trip Highlights:
- See a different, even more beautiful, view of Durango
- Learn the history of Durango
- Convenient; accommodates tight itineraries
- Packages available, including jeep trail tours, for the complete Colorado experience!
- Perfect trip for family reunions with all ages
- Great trip for youth groups – special bonding/team building trips available
Durango’s Animas River Trip Options
Rivers & Trails
Enjoy true Colorado by combining a jeep trail tour and rafting trip
Take in the high mountain vistas and low valley rivers of Southwestern Colorado. A half day jeep trail tour and half day of rafting is the perfect way to get both activities in! Cost: $120.25* Adult; $91.58* Youth • Departs: 8:15
Durango’s Lower Animas Full-Day Trip
A morning of rapids and afternoon float!
Enjoy the splashes of Durango’s rapids, a scrumptious lunch, beach games & a peaceful afternoon float. As you float out of town get high desert views of SW Colorado. Cost: $89* Adult; $69* Youth • Departs: 8:30
Durango’s Lower Animas Half-Day Trip
Our most popular option on the Lower Animas
Experience all the fun rapids of the Lower Animas. Stop for a riverside snack and a chance to swim! The half-day is a perfect addition to any Durango activity. Cost: $51* Adult; $39* Youth • Departs: 8:30, 10:30 & 2:00 (9:30 Seasonally)
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Durango’s Lower Animas Economy Trip
Get just a taste of rafting on the Lower Animas!
Relax & enjoy a different view of Durango as you bounce through fun filled rapids for the perfect introduction to rafting or a quick “fix” for the busy traveler. Cost: $33* Adult; $27* Youth • Departs 8:30, 10:30, 2:00, 4:00