Piedra River Two Day Trip

Big Piedra Rapids
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

Spend 2 Great Days on the Piedra River in Southwest CO near Pagosa Springs!

Combine the Upper and Lower Boxes of the Piedra River for a trip that cannot be beat in beauty, excitement and adventure! Discover this pristine trip- along the most highly restricted and regulated river in Colorado. Paddle through Class II, III, IV and possibly V- rapids for two days and enjoy relaxed camping while our guides cook a gourmet dinner for you in the evening!

After you amp up the adventure on your two day whitewater adventure, mellow out in Durango with another one of our super popular activities! The Trails & Rails package offers a relaxing day of exploration through the tops of the mountains!

Standard Rafts

15 foot self-bailing rafts rigged as an oar boat with paddle assist. Be prepared to paddle! Age: 16 & up
Adventure: High Adventure
Cost: $495* per person

*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included

Day One Itinerary

  • 5:15 PM Evening Prior: Check into our office  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.
  • Shuttle to river for your safety orientation and rafting instructions.
  • Hit the river!
  • Bounce and spin off rocks as you enjoy the technical Class II “splashes”.
  • As the river builds in volume and the wilderness area thickens, the splashes become bigger!
  • Get back on the river and paddle as a team through more Class II+ & III action!
  • Tackle the Class IV drops  of”Lone Pine” rapid.
  • Thunder down the drops of “Lime Stone” rapid.
  • Relax & enjoy the breathtaking wilderness & seclusion.
  • Arrive at a beautiful, wilderness camp (vehicle access is possible here ).  Get into dry clothes, and  prepare your sleeping space.
  • Hike or relax around the campfire while guides prepare a delicious dinner of steak and chicken mixed grill. Vegetarian option available when arranged in advance. Begin with appetizers!
  • Post-dinner entertainment provided by your multi-talented guides around the campfire.
  • Sleep soundly under Colorado’s brilliant night sky.

Day Two Itinerary

  • Wake up to the smell of coffee and a hearty breakfast to prepare for your big day of “big drops”!
  • Take down camp.
  • Get back on the river and start with  Class II & III rapids to warm you up for what is to come!
  • Hit Class IV “Big Drop rapid”.
  • Bounce through more Class II+ rapids.
  • Scout & thread “Eye of the Needle” a big Class IV+ rapid.
  • Scout “Mud Slide” rapid 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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