Durango Whitewater Rafting
Lower Animas River
Durango Rafting Trip Highlights
- See a different and more beautiful view of Durango
- Get the perfect mix of excitement through fun rapids and relaxation during calm sections
- Learn the wild history of the town and Southwest Colorado
- Hang out with fun, entertaining river guides
- Smelter White Water Park’s Class III splashes in spring
- A hands on experience in helping the guides paddle and navigate down the river
- Wildlife: Deer, beaver, fox, birds of prey, river otters
- Convenient trip options for those with full itineraries
- A great trip for big groups or team building experiences
April – September
Rafts: Mild-Intermediate, some swim potential and contact with water.
Kayaks: Intermediate, high swim potential and plenty of contact with water.
Class of Rapids
High Water: I, II and III++
Low Water: I, II and one III
Raft: Ages 4+
Inflatable Kayak: Age 11+ and 5’ 2’’
We offer these boat options so that you can customize your Durango rafting trip to the adventure level you desire.
Durango Rafting on the Animas River
25+ Years of Durango rafting adventures on the Animas River.
Experience the excitement of a Durango rafting adventure! Splash through “Smelter,” “Santa Rita,” “Sawmill,” and “Pinball” rapids as part of your excursion down the Animas River!
Your guide will share the history of the region and stories on local traditions. Families, reunions, groups, first-timers and rafting veterans alike find this popular and convenient guided rafting trip to be the highlight of their vacation! No experience is necessary; we provide all you need including safety orientation and instruction. Don’t miss the #1 activity in Durango!
The 1/2 Day trip offers the best bang for your buck, with the 3/4 day trip giving you more time to experience Durango rafting. Choose the econ trip if you just want a quick taste of what rafting is like.
Water levels vary throughout the season. We experience high flow with the spring snowmelt. July through August rapid ratings drop a ½ to a full notch. The river can become a very technical float trip with lots of rocks to maneuver around! We love it at all levels!
Payments & Cancellations
- 1/2 down, 1/2 charged 30 days prior to trip.
- 1/3 down with remaining balance charged in thirds.
- Call for other arrangements!
Free Courtesy Hold
We don’t want you to miss out on this trip so we’ll hold your spots, payment-free, for 24hrs while you make your final arrangements & prepare for payment.
Receive a 90% refund with written notice 36 hours or more before the trip. Less notice, no refund.
Optional Upgraded 24 Hour Cancellation Policy: Receive a 100% refund up to 24 hours prior to trip departure. Up to 12 hours prior to departure trips can be rescheduled, or receive a Mild to Wild Gift Certificate for trip cost. Upgrade only available at time of reservation & must be applied to each seat.
In addition to the listed trip cost, we collect an additional 9% for River and Land Access Fees (ie. Forest Service, BLM, City, Private Land Use).
Films & News
I’ve been on many tours with Mild to Wild. We continue to go back every year. Mild to Wild and the staff provide excellent customer service and truly try to find the best trip for…
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Every year I bring our 8th-grade class to Durango and always schedule a rafting trip with Mild to Wild. Everything from scheduling, the raft guides, the bus rides, is all amazing! Our students always have…
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I had a lot of fun. All the guides where a blast to be around. The overall rafting as a little cold because of the time of year, but I had a great time. The…
Amira AquarianClick to read more
Everything was great! Our guide was a really awesome guy that made our experience even better!
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Loved the relaxed and fun but still professional and knowledgeable trip. Trey was our guide. Very chill and nice guide. Would definitely use them again but next time would do the class 3 or 4…
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