1. Variety – With the Upper & Lower Box to choose from, you can get the best experience for your family/group – intermediate or high adventure! Or, why not get the best of both worlds on the Piedra River 2 Day!
2. Location – The pristine alpine wilderness of the Piedra River offers beautiful views within 1,000 foot deep canyon walls – and it is conveniently located between Durango & Pagosa Springs!
3. Experience – Since this river is highly regulated, you won’t see many other people out there as you splash through Class II, III, IV and potentially V rapids! The Piedra is a pool drop river, so after you go through one of those awesome Class IV rapids, you’ll have a moment to reflect on it before hitting another!
4. Service Guarantee – We are so confident in the quality of our service, that if you are not absolutely delighted with our guides and equipment, your trip is free!
5. Specials – We know vacations can be pricey, but we want you to experience this gem of a river, so we are offering 15% off of ANY Piedra river trip – Just mention this post when calling to reserve!
6. Bragging Rights – Just imagine the look on your friends faces when you tell them about the amazing rafting trip you experienced while on your Southwest Vacation – the Piedra is one of our least known rivers, but definitely one of our best!
Upon my first interview with Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours, I could tell that this job was going to be interesting, to say the least! With 77 different trip options and the fact that I was currently in the middle of a move from Florida to my new home in Durango, Colorado, I thought I was in over my head. Not to mention the toughest interview question in the history of my job experience! But once I got myself calm and collected I knew I could do it and plunged feet first (safety first!) into life at a rafting outfitter!
There was no time to delay; we started the intense training on my first day. The knowledgeable owner, Molly, set me on a path towards becoming a great salesperson that offers excellent customer service. Since that first nerve-wrecking day, I have made it through a lot more training, not only on sales and customer service, but the different rivers that they run in Colorado, Arizona and Utah (who knew there could be so many options!) and the area that Mild to Wild operates in (also, the area around my new home!). I’m finally nearing the end of training and starting to take on the responsibilities of a full-fledged Trip Consultant.
Throughout this experience, not only have I already learned so many useful and helpful tips about sales, the adventures in the Southwest and the community that I have become a part of, but I have found the friendship and encouragement of everyone at the company to be very welcoming! I very much look forward to my future here at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours!
Are YOU interested in joining the Mild to Wild Family, too?? Our 2013 rafting guide school begins May 13th!
Spend 2 weeks rafting and learning to read 4 different area rivers (while having a great time and making new friends!), then, as a certified raft guide in the state of Colorado, you can apply to be a part of our 2013 team! Click here for more information or call 970-247-24789!
There’s still time to plan your Arizona whitewater adventure, and if rafting through the 2,000 foot deep Salt River Canyon with Class I – III rapids wasn’t enough to peak your interest, check out these other activities that you can encounter in this unique desert wilderness!
Horseshoes – Enjoy an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a sandbox area. The players play the game by alternating turns, tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet apart (This is a long way for beginners…don’t fret if it takes some getting used to!)
Golf/Fetch – See how far you can hit a tennis balls with a 5 iron, and watch as our river dog, Maggie, chases it down and returns it for your next shot. Bonus points if you hit the tennis ball all the way to the river! Maggie loves her tennis ball; she’ll always find her target!
Scorpion Hunting – Scorpions are a constant nuisance in the desert, and for safety reasons need to be removed from camp. Join a guide and help turn over rocks looking for these crafty creatures. The most humane way to remove them is to capture them in a cup for relocation, sometimes stomping is necessary, though, so be prepared.
Log-house/Tepee Building/Making A Campfire – Test out your building skills and make either a log-house or tepee (let the architect in you break free!) and help make a cold day a little warmer by setting that thing on fire!
Hiking – There are an unbelievable amount of hiking options on the Salt River; take a quick hike to the waterfalls in Coyote Canyon or if you want to get really adventurous, go explore Cibique Creek.
Pull-ups – With large strong awnings providing our camp area with shade and rain protection, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get in your daily ten pull-ups! (Or one…one is good enough….)
Swimming – On hot days, take a walk down to our private beach and take a quick swim! Remember to always wear a life jacket and make sure there is a guide around to supervise (they are trained in river rescue…Safety first!).
Sunbathing – Sometime it’s just nice to sit out in the sun and work on that tan (You want to make everyone back in Minnesota jealous, right?). With a vast area to spread out and get your sun on, the only thing you have to worry about is where you put your sunscreen!
Kubb – A lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden sticks at them (sounds easy, right?). The ultimate object of the game is to knock the “king” over, before the opponent does. A great game for all ages, although you’ll want to watch out for your shins!
Reading in the Hammock – Relaxing in the hammock is the way to go, but why not educate/entertain yourself at the same time? Read a book! Unfortunately due to being in a desert, books will not be provided, so be sure to bring your favorite!
Someone suggested that we add a new trip option to Mild to Wild (which may encourage us to change our name to Serene to Wild shortly!). The suggestion is Yoga on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP Yoga) and it is starting to sweep the nation as the newest water sport.
Currently we offer a two and a half hour Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Class where we teach on water SUP basics on the Lower Animas River, including: paddling, standing, turning, and self-rescue. For those who get the hang of it quickly we play games and try headstands (try being the key word for me!). The SUP Yoga class would be a little more technical and would focus on not only using the body, but also calming the mind.
What we are wondering is, if we offered a yoga SUP class, would you join us? We believe there could be enough interest in Durango to create this class we would love to teach it! Please help us out by letting us know if you would be interested in a SUP Yoga class. We look forward to your feedback!
It’s not just for dousing yummy sodium chloride on your french fries anymore!
That’s right, the Salt Shaker will be a river rafting adventure you don’t want to miss!
Call our office and ask for the Salt Shaker to receive the 4 Day Salt River Canyon wilderness trip for the Price of the 3 Day Trip! That’s one whole day of rafting and one night of camping (meals included!) for FREE*!
Experience: • 4 Days of whitewater rafting! • Class II, Class III and Class IV rapids! • 3 nights of remote camping! • Delicious meals prepared for you, riverside! • Highly trained, professional, multi-talented guides! • Free wetsuits, booties, PFDs and helmets! • 2,000 foot canyon walls and high desert flora and fauna! • Short day hikes in the canyon! • An experience you will never forget at a price you won’t believe!
Salt Shaker Cost: Adult $525* • Youth $472.50* Save $220 on each adult and $122.50 on each youth! That’s a huge savings!!
3 & 4 Day Car Shuttle *NEW*
Also, be sure to check out our new multi-day trip car shuttle for our special rafting guests (that’s you, of course!). We will drive your vehicle from the meet location to the take out while you are enjoying your 3 or 4 day rafting trip on the Salt River. When you get to the take out, your car will be waiting and instead of waiting for our guides to pack up the gear and drive you back to the meet location – you can just take off! This saves you 4 hours of shuttling time!
*Guest must pay $20/person Apache Fee for 4th day. Only valid on new reservations.
Here is a poem written by one of our favorite seasoned Salt River Guides, Dan K! Dan has been rafting with Mild to Wild for about 10 years; I don’t know what we’ll do if he ever decides to leave! In a deep canyon
on a mild river you can ride between tall
cliffs smile at ten kinds of blossoms and
study unusual desert plants.
Short hikes lead to two small waterfalls.
Colorful and unusual rocks lay everywhere.
Stars rule the night sky.
(the nearest security light is 15 miles away) Come camp in the wilderness with us.
We’re gearing up and counting down for another fantastic spring season down in the Salt River Canyon and we don’t want you to miss the highlight of your Arizona vacation (or stay-cation!). The Salt River winds through a beautiful 2,000 foot canyon located in the renowned Sonoran Desert, which is home to a gorgeous array of unique plants, animals and a plethora of avian wildlife.
The river and canyons are a stunning sight, but this trip is not just a scenic float. River enthusiasts flock to the Salt River each spring for adventures and memories that always leave them wanting more. The river has an uncommonly steep grade of 20 feet per mile, which creates numerous Class II and III white water rapids with some intermittent Class IVs, as well! Arizona Rafting is also a special treat because it is one of the earliest locations to offer river rafting adventures in the US!
Don’t forget to check out our Super Salt River Sweepstakes! We will be giving away a Salt River 1 Day trip for four on March 4th, so be sure to enter for the chance to win the trip you’ll be talking about for years to come!