Upper Animas One Day Silverton Section

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Season: Late May – Early August
Class: High Water: Class IV & V with continuous Class II and III

Low Water: Continuous, technical Class II & III with Class IV+ rapids

 Meet Time: 7:30 AM

One Day Silverton Rafting Trip, Departs from Durango, Colorado

Conquer non-stop Colorado whitewater rafting on continuous Class II and III rapids with intermittent Class IV and two Class V rapids on the Upper Animas River. Creeks and streams cascade into the river as you continuously paddle. Your trip starts near Silverton, Colorado and ends with a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. You must be a strong swimmer and able to paddle while the boat bounces, spins and submerges for this high adventure trip. At high water, this trip is considered extreme.

You don’t want to miss any part of the spectacular Upper Animas, so check out the Silverton and Needleton sections by combining them on a Two Day or Three Day river extravaganza!

Standard Rafts

15 foot self-bailing rafts rigged as an oar boat with paddle assist. Be ready to paddle and swim on your pre-trip orientation (and possibly on the trip itself)! Age: 16 & up
Adventure: Wild
Cost: $265* per person

*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


  • 5:15 PM Evening Prior: 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.
  • Day of Trip: Meet at our main office at 7:30 AM.
  • Shuttle to Silverton, Colorado via the Million Dollar Skyway
  • Suit up for your river trip! Thermal wetsuits and booties are required all season and are available for rent.
  • Hit the river!
  • Warm up through “Animas Gorge” – continuous Class III rapids.
  • Scout and run “Ten Mile” rapid, your first Class V of the day.
  • Take a break for a yummy deli-style, riverside lunch.
  • Hurry back to the river for more continuous Class III rapids.
  • Scout “No Name” rapid and run it, if you dare!
  • More continuous Class III rapid fun!
  • Arrive at our Needleton Camp, take out & de-rig boats for the train.
  • Board the Durango & Silverton Train and relax as you take in the sights of the Rockwood Gorge.
  • Arrive at the Rockwood Station, and shuttle back to Durango.
  • Arrive back at our Durango office at approximately 6:00 PM.
*  Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions.

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