Season: Mid-July to August
Adventure Level: Mild  
Water Levels: Must be below 450 CFS
Cost: $17
*Cost includes tube & PFD
Cost with Shuttle: $25 *Cost includes tube, PFD, & Shuttle (10 or more guests)

The most economical way to experience the Animas River at lower water levels!

For those looking for a little local flavor, tubing down Durango’s Animas River can be a fun summer time activity, but you must take precautions as it is still a whitewater river. It is recommended that all river users wear a Coast Guard Approved personal flotation device and secured footwear at all times. With lower water levels comes more rocks and it is not uncommon to be bouncing around and scraping the bottom of the river on your float. Tubes are challenging to steer. There are dangerous sections of whitewater you should avoid on the Animas River. Be safe, be prepared and be careful!

4 Tubing Options

1. Tube Rental: Mild to Wild rents tubes made of a sturdy material (to handle the rocks). It has handy handles to hang onto! Cost: $17 for the day.
2. Tube Rental plus Shuttle: We offer a shuttle service along with the tube for $25 (for 10 or more people).
3. Tube Rental plus Shuttle pick-up from 9th street at 2:45pm and 4:45 pm. Cost $25 per person (for 10 or more people).
4. Purchase a River Run Tube, singles are $24.99 and doubles are $59.99 (see photos below).

The following access points are suggested for getting on and off the river. It is NEVER recommended that tubers go through Smelter Rapid near Santa Rita Park. Smelter Rapid is for experiences boaters only, in crafts that you can steer. For those seeking the adventure of Smelter Rapid, we recommend a guided inflatable kayak trip!

Tubing Access Points:

  • 32nd Street (limited parking)
  • 29th Street at Memorial Park
  • Behind the Recreation Center
  • 9th Street Bridge

Important Considerations:

  • Tubing can be hard work especially at lower water levels with lots of rocks to avoid and difficulties in finding the deepest channels. The lower the water is, the more challenging it is. A better option is often a guided inflatable kayak trip. The guide will navigate you through the passable channels!
  • 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.
*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included.

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