Durango Rafting 3/4-Day Trip

CLICK on the video to see the Animas in action!
Season: April – September
Class: High Water: Low Water: Class I, II & III Rapids Class I, II & 1 Class III Rapid
Meet Times: 8:00 AM (9:00 Shoulder Season)
Returns: 2:30 PM (3:30 Shoulder Season)

Enjoy a fun-filled family river rafting day!

Treat yourself to a 3/4-Day rafting trip on Durango’s Animas River, a popular river where you can often find several locals and visitors! Enjoy the fun of Class III “wet & fun” rapids, several Class II “splashes,” and some relaxing floating as you learn about the area. Later in the season as water levels begin to decrease, all rapids can be downgraded a half to a full Class. The 3/4-Day trip would offer most of the excitement during the first half of the day, then, after a yummy riverside lunch, you would experience a mild float trip further out of town.

Have some kids 12+ (or adults!) in your group who want to step up the adventure level a bit on Durango’s Lower Animas? Inflatable Kayaks can go at the same time as the 3/4-Day raft trip! (The rafts and kayaks will not necessarily be together the whole day, but everyone can get the adventure level they’re looking for!)

Durango Rafting Options

Standard Rafts

Premium Rafts

Age: 4+ Adventure: Mild Cost: Adult $94*          Youth $74* Age: 4+ Adventure: Mild/Intermediate Cost: $114* per person
15 foot self-bailing rafts (up to 10 guests). Opt for an Oar Boat (paddle along with the guide as you like), or a Paddle Boat (more adventurous) when the guide just has a paddle and relies on you to help get through the rapids! Experience a smaller guide to guest ratio (up to 6 guests) and a more personalized trip. Enjoy a smaller 12 or 13 foot raft, or request a 15 foot raft for a more conservative adventure.

Inflatable Kayaks

Lower Animas River Lower Animas River Rafting Age: 12+
Adventure: Intermediate
Cost: $114* per person

Increase the level of adventure and control your own destiny under the supervision of a kayak guide along side of you! No experience needed; our instructors teach you all you need to know!

*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


  • Check in, sign release forms and get dressed for the river! Wetsuit and wetsuit boot rentals are highly recommended through June.
  • Shuttle to the river for your safety orientation and rafting instructions.
  • Hit the river!
  • Tackle “Train Bridge Rapid,” “Baby Smelter” and the exciting Class III “Smelter Rapid”.
  • Then, thunder through “Santa Rita,” “Sawmill” and “Pinball”.
  • Refuel with a delicious, river side deli-style lunch with sides, fruit, chips and dessert.
  • Back on the river we head further out of town and away from the road as the river becomes more peaceful.
  • Take out and shuttle back reflecting on your special day! Arrive at office about 5.5 to 6 hours after your departure.
*Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions.

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