Rentals: Inflatable Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddle Boards & Rafts

Season: Kayaks & Paddle Boards:
Late June to August
Rafts: May to September
Adventure Level: Intermediate  
Water Levels: Must be below 2000 CFS
Kayak Costs: Single: $45 per day
Double: $85 per day
*Cost includes kayak, pump, paddle, patch kit, and PFD.
Paddle Board Costs: 1/2-day: $30
Full day: $45
*Cost includes paddle board, paddle, fins, pump, patch kit, and PFD.
Raft Costs: 1-day: $150
2-day: $250
3-day: $350 & $95 per day after
*Cost includes frame, center mount, 3 oars and 4-8 paddles, pump, patch kit, 13 or 14-foot boat. All dependent on availability.
Deposit Note: A credit card deposit for the cost of rented equipment is required day of rental.

Experience the water ways in Southwest, Colorado on your own in an adventurous Ducky, Stand-Up Paddle Board or Raft!

Mild to Wild offers a variety of equipment rentals if you prefer to go on our own. Caution: it is a lot of work finding the best place to put in, take out, run your own shuttle, and pump up the inflatables. Also, frequently, those without experience have issues with the equipment malfunction due to improper inflating. If you are up for this challenge (and prefer not to have us to all the work while you sit back and relax), here are our most popular rental options. Boat rentals include a personal flotation device (PFD) and paddle.

Inflatable kayaks (a.k.a. “duckies”)

Ante up your adventure on the river in an inflatable kayak. These boats are shaped like a canoe, paddled like a kayak and inflated like a raft. They are maneuverable and open, so you do not need to know how to roll like in a hard shell kayak. New to inflatable kayaking? If so, we recommend our guided instructional inflatable kayak trip trip!
Rental Cost*: $45 per day.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Try out the fastest growing paddle sport in the world! Take the SUP to a calm section of the river, or to a mountain lake. Enjoy a fun new water activity and get a great core workout!
Rental Cost*: 1/2 day $30, Full day $45

Never paddle boarded before? We recommend learning the proper technique on our instructional course!

Self Bailing Raft

Raft rentals available for 1 day and longer. Most of our fleet is 14 and 15 foot rafts. Rental includes 6 paddles, and 6 pfd’s. Frame and oars extra if desired.
Rental Cost*: $150/day. See box to the right for multi-day discounts.

Want us to do all the hard work? Book a guided raft trip that matches your adventure level!

*At check out time, we authorize your credit card for the replacement cost of the rental item. Upon return of the item, we release the card authorization. If the rental item has damage, you will be charged the repair or replacement amount.

Rental Pick Up & Return Times

To avoid our busy trip check in’s, our rental pick up time is 8:30 AM for full day and morning 1/2-day. Morning 1/2-day return time is 1:00 PM. Afternoon 1/2-day rental pick up time is 2:00 PM. Return time for full day and afternoon 1/2-day is 7:00 PM.

Lower Animas River Access Points

The following access points are suggested for getting on and off the river. For those seeking the adventure of Smelter rapid:

  • 32nd Street (limited parking)
  • 29th Street at Memorial Park
  • Behind the Recreation Center
  • 9th Street Bridge
  • Santa Rita Park
  • High Bridge (before Walmart)k
  • Across the river from Home Depot)

Important Considerations:

  • No open container of alcohol allowed on the river.
  • No glass containers.
  • Pack out all trash and dispose of it in the proper receptacle.
  • Dogs must be on a leash on shore and dog waste must be cleaned up.
  • Respect private property and do not trespass.
  • Be polite and courteous to others on and near the river.
  • When approaching anglers, move away to the opposite side of the river to pass.
*Please note that all itineraries are subject to change due to river conditions.

See What to Wear and BringRental Price Lists, FAQ’s and Common Concerns for additional information.