Upper Animas One Day Narrows Section

Rockwood Gorge
Season: Late Season Option Only
Class: Class II & III
Meet Time: 7:45 AM

An intermediate Raft & Rail option!

For those 13 and up, we offer another intermediate option on the Upper Animas River that is only accessible at lower water levels. The Narrows Section offers an advanced intermediate Raft & Rail option with a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad before and after the rafting trip and 6 miles of whitewater adventure! The Highlights of low flow rafting on the Upper Animas are the continuous Class II splashes and intermittent Class III+ “wet and fun” rapids with warmer water and air temperatures. The river will be technical with a lot of spinning and bumping off rocks without the intimidation of high water. Fourteen thousand-foot peaks rise from the banks as the river drops at an incredible rate of 85 feet per mile! The Upper Animas River is for those that are physically fit and looking for an adventure and does require an on river orientation the morning before your trip.

Standard Rafts

13 foot self-bailing rafts rigged as a paddle boat or an oar boat with paddle assist. Be ready to paddle and swim on your pre-trip orientation! Age: 13 & up
Adventure: Intermediate
Cost: $265* per person
*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


  • 7:45 AM – Check into our office to get fitted for your thermal wetsuit gear and go on the orientation raft trip where you will take your practice swim in a Class II+ to III+ rapid.
  • Shuttle to Rockwood station to board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
  • Descend from the train and get suited up for the river.
  • Hit the river!
  • Experience numerous, thrilling Class II and III rapids, in your face and over your head!
  • Lunch will occur riverside along the way, we bring a delicious deli-style spread.
  • Hurry back to the river for even more Class II & III rapids.
  • At the end of the trip, you will board the Durango Train again to shuttle back out of the canyon!
  • Arrive at the Rockwood station, and shuttle back to Durango.
  • Arrive back at our office around 6:00 PM.

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Needleton on the Upper Animas
*Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions. Click here for directions to our main office in Durango.

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