The Lower Piedra River

1 Day Trip on the Lower Box of the Piedra in Southwest Colorado near Pagosa Springs
Piedra River Lower Box Information
Location: 40 miles East of Durango and 20 miles West of Pagosa Springs
Adventure Level: Rafting: High Adventure
Class: High Water: Class II, III & IV= to V- Rapids (the Class V+ is usually portaged) Low Water: Class II, III, IV+ Rapids
Season: Late April – Early July
Restrictions: Raft: Ages 16 and up Physical fitness essential Required river swim practice at start of trip Wetsuits required (rentals available) Paddling experience recommended
Current Water Levels
CLICK on the video to see the Piedra in action!

Lower Piedra River Rafting Description:

Paddle through 1,000 foot deep canyons, alpine forests, heart pounding whitewater and then stop at a soothing riverside hot springs while you experience this exquisite Rocky Mountain jewel! Dropping down some of the biggest drops we run on any river, Piedra River rafting provides a true adrenaline rush. “The River of Stone Wall” (Piedra means rock) lives up to its name with towering granite walls, and a boulder-strewn river bed. Highly regulated by the Forest Service, this river has restricted access to maintain its pristine, wilderness nature. Whitewater river rafting satisfaction is guaranteed on the stair-step, “big drop,” pool rapids. The Two Day trip of Piedra River rafting combines the Upper Box and the Lower Box into one multi-day adventure! Starting at the headwaters of the Piedra River on the Upper Box, we “warm up” by bumping and grinding our way through technical rapids as we watch creek after creek cascade into the river. As the river volume grows, so do the rapids, especially as we enter the Lower Box which escalates the river to a raging torrent of huge drops and chutes. Bear and elk are often spotted along the banks of the Piedra River trail and if we are really lucky, they are forging the river in front of us! And maybe you’ll even discover freshwater otters playing in the mountain waters of the Piedra River. This two day adventure delivers excitement, relaxation and rejuvenation! • Does the Piedra not offer the non-stop whitewater action you’re looking for? Well, the Upper Animas does! • Is your group looking for something a little more kid friendly? The San Miguel is great for ages 8 and up!
Both sections of the Piedra River (Upper & Lower Box) are some of the most highly restricted and regulated rivers in Colorado. Reserve your seats early…or hope for a cancellation! Click here for directions to the Piedra River.

Lower Piedra River Rafting Trip Options

Piedra Two Day Trip

Combining the Upper and the Lower Box of the Piedra River! Meet: Durango office 7:45 or Piedra River Store 9:00

Return: 4:00 Durango office or 3:00 Piedra River Store

Cost: $425*

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Piedra River Double Box

Two for One – That is The Two Day Trip in One Day! Meet: Durango office 7:45 or Piedra River Store 9:00

Return: 4:00 Durango office or 3:00 Piedra River Store

Cost: $255*

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Lower Piedra One Day Trip

Adrenaline Rush of Big Drops & Warmth of a Natural Hot Spring Meet: Durango office 7:45 or Piedra River Store 9:00

Return: 4:00 Durango office or 3:00 Piedra River Store

Cost: $195*

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Lower Box Piedra River Trip Highlights

  • Highly restricted access by the Forest Service
  • Pristine, preserved wilderness area
  • Pool-drop river with very distinct drops
  • Riverside Natural Hot Springs
  • Lush, alpine rain forest type setting
  • Colorado wildlife

Special Ways We Care for You on the Lower Piedra River

  • Low guide to guest ratio, with an average of 4 guests to 1 guide
  • Safety boater included on all Lower Piedra River rafting trips
  • Highly trained, professional trip leaders with an average of 2,000 river miles experience (the state requires only 750 miles)
  • Thermal wetsuits available for rental including the 5.5 mm wetsuit, 2.5 mm jacket and wetsuit boots
  • Multi-faceted Satellite/Spot communication systems to increase safety
  • Different boat options for various water levels and adventure desires
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