Durango Kayaking Half Day Trip

Season: April – September
Class: High Water: Low Water: Class II and III Rapids Class I, II & one Class III Rapid
Meet Times: 9:00, 10:00, 1:30 (8:00 Jun 10-Aug 10)
Returns: 3.75 Hours Later

Paddle the Rapids of the Lower Animas

For those who want to be in control of their own destiny and increase the the level of adventure on Durango’s Animas River, 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, so in an inflatable kayak Class II rapids drench you, and Class III rapids will get your adrenaline pumping! No experience is necessary because an instructional guide goes along with the trip in their own inflatable or hard shell kayak to teach you what to do. 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.

New to inflatable kayaking? Take your time learning and spend a 3/4-Day on the river!

Lower Animas Kayaking This could be you! Get ready to navigate your own kayak through the Lower Animas! Age: 11 & up
Adventure: Intermediate
Cost: $76* per person

*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


  • Check in, sign release forms and get dressed for the river! Wetsuit and Bootie rentals are required through June and highly recommended from July on.
  • 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 finally the Class III “Smelter Rapid”.
  • Take a break and enjoy a river side snack of granola bars and fresh fruit.
  • Paddle your way through “Santa Rita,” “Sawmill” and “Pinball” (depending on flows).
  • Take out and shuttle back. Arrive back to the office approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes after your departure time.
*Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions.

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