Rafting & Kayaking Options
Intermediate Durango Colorado Rafting & Kayaking Options
San Miguel – Do the Twist!
You’ve got mountains to the left, desert to your right, and class II rapids the whole time. The San Miguel River flows through a tight canyon, and guests will need to help paddle around rocks and bends. This bumpy waterway moves at a quick pace past aspen groves and red sandstone walls, and it’s all about the action rather than guide interpretations (they don’t have time for history lessons in between paddle commands anyway). You can raft the San Miguel for half-day to 3-day trips. The age requirement for the upper section is 10-years-old while the more mild lower section is 8-years-old.
Wild Durango Colorado Rafting & Kayaking Options
Piedra – The Paddles in the River Keep On Churnin’
Go ahead and treat yourself to the steep box canyons and pure whitewater encapsulating the Piedra. Be ready to paddle through class IV rapids in a 1,000 ft deep canyon! This trip requires guests to be 16 years and up and physically fit. Paddling experience helps on this river as there are multiple chutes and 4 ft waterfall drops. If you find yourself in the Piedra’s upper section when the water levels are just right, natural hot springs emerge for soaking beside the bank. Rafting the Lower Piedra section requires a swim test.
Upper Animas – You’re Han Solo, the Raft is the Millennial Falcon, and the Asteroids are walls of whitewater
This is the most commercially difficult river to run in the United States. The Upper Animas dives deep into the Weminuche Wilderness, so much that the put in is only accessible by train. The trip requires paddling for its entirety, as the run is saturated with boulders, drops, and bends. This high adventure experience requires participants to be 16 years and older, physically fit, and able to pass a swim test through a class III rapid. You can raft the whitewater beast up to 4 days.