Durango Kayaking 3/4-Day Trip

Season: April – September
Class: High Water: Low Water: Class II and III Rapids

Class I, II & 1 Class III Rapid

Meet Time: 8:00 AM (9:00 AM Shoulder Season)
Return Time: 2:30 PM (3:30 Shoulder Season)

Fun Rapids and an Afternoon Float

For those who want to be in control of their own destiny and increase the the level of adventure, we offer inflatable kayaks. Inflatable kayaks offer the best of both worlds: the maneuverability of a kayak and the stability of a raft. The smaller the boat the bigger the waves! No experience is necessary because an instructional guide goes along with the trip in their own inflatable or hard shell kayak to show you the best way to get down Durango’s Animas River. During the later season, all rapids can be downgraded a half to a full Class, making the inflatable kayaks a great way to experience the Lower Animas River! These smaller crafts are easier to maneuver through the river channels and avoid the rocks that rise up at lower water levels.

Are some folks in your group not up for the adventure of an inflatable kayak? That’s okay! Your group can split up and those that want to can raft while others kayak…at the same time!

Inflatable Kayak This could be you! Get ready to navigate your own kayak through Durango’s Lower Animas! Age: 11 & up
Adventure: Intermediate
Cost: $114* per person

*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


  • Check in, sign release forms, get dressed for the river! Wetsuit and Bootie rentals are required through June and highly recommended from July on.
  • Board the bus and shuttle to the river for safety orientation and kayak instructions.
  • Hit the river!
  • Practice getting in and out of your inflatable kayak at the “Lake”.
  • Tackle “Train Bridge Rapid,” “Baby Smelter” and the exhilarating Class III “Smelter Rapid”.
  • Refuel with a river side, deli-style lunch with sides, fruit, chips, dessert, water and lemonade.
  • Maneuver your way through “Santa Rita,” “Sawmill” and “Pinball” (depending on flows).
  • The river becomes more peaceful as we head further out of town and away from the road.
  • Take out and shuttle back reflecting on your spectacular day! Arrive at office about 6 hours after your departure.
  • *Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions.

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