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Rafting Season Forecast for 2024

Mild to Wild’s Rafting Season Forecast for 2024 You better air out those Chacos and shake the dry bags out of that crusty hibernation hole, because it’s time for the Rafting Season Forecast of 2024!  In snowy sum, this year’s swell through the Colorado Plateau looks like it’s going to ripple and flow right down […]

Renaming the Rivers of Southwest Colorado — The Juan Rivera 1765 Expedition

Renaming the Rivers of Southwest Colorado — The Juan Rivera 1765 Expedition The majority of the information in this article about the naming (and renaming) of Southwest Colorado rivers on the Juan Rivera expedition, including Rivera’s journal excerpts, has been sourced from the incredible and comprehensive work of Steven G. Baker and Rick Hendrick’s Juan […]

The Animas River — A Tale of Untamed Resilience

The Animas River — A Tale of Untamed Resilience The appellation, “Río de Las Animas”—the River of Souls—was written in the journal of Spanish colonizer, Juan Maria Antonio Rivera while crossing the Animas River on horseback in 1765 (Durango Herald). One can only imagine what sights lended to this name.   Perhaps Rivera sensed the looming […]

River Guide, Sam Cook on 30 Years of Adventure

River Guide, Sam Cook on 30 Years of Adventure I had scant knowledge of Sam Cook before our interview. As an Adventure Consultant, my world revolves around calls and keystrokes, tethered to the indoors. Sam, on the other hand, is a river guide, navigating the outdoors, guiding people down the river. Despite us both working […]

How to Shop to the Best Holiday Deals on Whitewater Adventures for 2023

How to Shop the Best Holiday Deals on Whitewater Adventures Click here if you’d like to skip to a section: Top Selling Trips How to Save the Most Gift Certificates How to Pick the Right Multi-Day Trip Are you ready for an impromptu inundation of Black Friday river puns, in anticipation of the best holiday […]

Rafting Season Forecast for 2023

Rafting Season Forecast for 2023 Whoop whoop— It’s the Rafting Season Forecast for 2023!!! Hold onto those boat straps folks, it’s going to be a WILD season! With a long and snow-packed winter behind us, we’re gearing up for a righteously rampant runoff across the Colorado Plateau. Get ready for some of the highest flows […]

The Mild to Wild Black Friday Shopping Guide 

The Mild to Wild Black Friday Shopping Guide  It’s just about that wonderful time of year again for us to put in, push off, and row like maniacs through 4 righteous days of Black Friday rafting deals!! This year, we’re rinsing 20% off the majority of our trips from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Ya-to-the-hoo-hoo-HOO!!! So […]

How to Kayak, SUP or Tube the Lower Animas like a Champ

How to Kayak, SUP, or Tube the Lower Animas like a Champ — Low Water Edition   When low water season falls upon the Animas River in Durango, we all know what time it is… TUBING TIME! Or KAYAK, or SUP time if you’re not a donut lover! Low water on the Animas River is […]

3 Ways to Explore the Animas River Valley besides the Durango Train 

3 Ways to Explore the Animas River Valley besides the Durango Train  With fire season upon us in Southwest Colorado, the Durango Train can face unexpected closures on occasion. When this happens, would-be passengers are left to whip up a new agenda for the day— And we’ve got some solid suggestions! That is, as long […]

Do You Need Colorado Guide School to Become a River Guide?

Do You Need Colorado Guide School to Become a River Guide? So, you wanna be a river guide? But perhaps you’re not so sure if Colorado Guide School is necessary to do it. There’s a few questions to ask yourself before diving into the details below about what’s involved with guide school, which are… Are […]

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