Lower Piedra River One Day Trip

Season: Late April – Late June
Class: High Water:

Low Water:
II, III & V- Rapids (the Class V+ is usually portaged)

II, III, VI+ Rapids

Meet Time: 9:00 AM

Enjoy an adventurous day on the river in Southwest Colorado near Pagosa Springs

The Lower Box is an advanced adventure. Both sections of the Piedra River (the Upper & Lower Boxes) are the most highly restricted and regulated rivers in Colorado. This extreme whitewater river flows through a pristine wilderness preserve with distinct pool-drop rapids. You’ll also get to enjoy a lovely riverside soak in a natural hot spring during your lunch break!

Think you can handle more whitewater adventure? Couple the Lower Box with the Upper Box for a spectacular Two Day Piedra trip!

Standard Rafts

15 foot self-bailing rafts rigged as an oar boat with paddle assist. Be ready to get wet on your pre-trip swim through a rapid! Age: 16 & up
Adventure: High Adventure
Cost: $205* per person

*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


  • 5:15 Evening Prior: Check into our office the evening prior to get fitted for thermal wetsuit gear.
  • Day of Trip: Meet at the Piedra River Store at 9:00 AM or, if arranged prior to your trip, at our Main Office in Durango at 7:30 AM.
  • Check in, sign release forms and get dressed for the river! Wetsuit and wetsuit boots required (rentals available).
  • Shuttle to the river for safety orientation, rafting instructions and your practice swim through a rapid.
  • Hit the river!
  • Enjoy Class II & III rapids as a warm up!
  • Hit Class IV “Big Drop rapid”.
  • Bounce through more Class II+ rapids.
  • Scout & thread “Eye of the Needle” a big Class IV+ rapid.
  • Scout “Son of Mud,” a Class IV+ rapid. At high water, this rapid must be portaged. It simply clears everyone out of the boat!
  • Finish your morning with “Climax” rapid, your final Class IV of the day!
  • Devour a delicious riverside lunch and soak in the warm riverside, natural hot spring.
  • Get back on the river for more Class II+ action.
  • Relax & enjoy the breathtaking wilderness & seclusion.
  • Take out and shuttle back reflecting on your special day! Arrive at the Piedra River store around 3:00 PM, and if returning to Durango, 4:00 PM.
* Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions

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