Upper Animas Two Day Trip

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Season: Late May – Early August
Class: High Water: Low Water: Class IV & V with continuous Class II and IIIContinuous, technical Class II & III with IV+ rapids
Meet Time: Designated by guides

One of the Toughest Commercially Run Trips in the United States!

Conquer non-stop Class II and III rapids with intermittent Class IV and Class V rapids on this spectacular two day Colorado whitewater rafting trip! Creeks and streams cascade into the Upper Animas River as you continuously paddle. Relax in our deluxe, exclusive 5-star camp in the Weminuche Wilderness as our guides prepare your dinner (and breakfast!) and prepare for your second day of more spectacular whitewater. At high water, this trip is considered extreme.

The Two Day gets you two amazing days of Upper Animas Whitewater and a night around the campfire, but on the Three Day, you also get a layover day to explore all the wonders of the wilderness!

Standard Rafts

15 foot self-bailing rafts rigged as oar boats with paddle assist. Be ready to paddle and swim on your pre-trip orientation! Age: 16 & up
Adventure: Wild
Cost: $525* 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 Office at the time the guides designated at orientation.
  • Shuttle to Silverton Colorado via the Million Dollar Skyway.
  • Suit up for your river trip! Wetsuits and Booties are required all season and are available for rent.
  • Hit the river!
  • Warm up through “Animas Gorge” with continuous Class III rapids.
  • Scout and Run “Ten Mile” rapid your first Class V of the day.
  • Stop for a 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 semi-permanent Needleton Camp.
  • Relax, hike and/or fish while our guides become your gourmet chefs and start to prepare your dinner!
  • Enjoy the night in the true Colorado Wilderness.
  • Wake up to fresh brewed coffee and a filling breakfast.
  • Hit the river! Again!
  • Enjoy continuous Class III rapids as a warm up for your second day of rafting!
  • Scout “Broken Bridge,” a Class V rapid, and run it!
  • Hit more continuous Class III rapids.
  • Take a break for a hearty riverside lunch.
  • Get back on the river for even more Class III fun!
  • Scout & run “Tank Creek.”
  • Run your final Class IV rapids, “Specter” and “The Narrows.”
  • Arrive at the Tacoma Power Station, take out & de-rig boats for the train.
  • Board the 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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