Lots of Snowpack Means Superb River Rafting Adventures!

By Molly   •   March 4, 2014



With several spring storms rolling through the San Juan Mountains, Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours is primed for their 20th year of business in Durango, Colorado.  We’re excited for another excellent season filled with a exciting river rafting adventures.

March snow reports indicate the Animas River Basin snowpack is at 105%. Likewise, snow reports for the San Miguel River Basin are averaging 101%. Continued snow forecasts for the San Juans will continue to bolster these numbers, as the spring rafting season grows closer.



“Don’t be fooled by the lack of snowfall in Durango proper,” says Alex Mickel, co-founder of Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours, “As of March 3, the gauges high up in the mountains – Red Mountain, Molas Lake and Mineral Creek – where largest portion of the Animas River water comes from, measure snowpack at an average of 121%, year to date. This high snowpack results in more water and is especially important as summer approaches, resulting in better whitewater and a longer rafting season!”


With a plethora of snow for the spring melt off, Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours has launched several new trips for a fantastic Durango rafting summer season.


A new high adventure trip, the Piedra Double Box combines both the Upper  and Lower Piedra River sections into a fast-paced day of technical rapids, dramatic drops and heart-pumping whitewater. Flowing through a sublime wilderness near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, this new Piedra River trip is sure to be a rush.


This year Mild to Wild is excited to introduce the Ultra Upper Animas. A full day trip through the San Juan Mountains and Animas River Gorge, this trip combines both the Silverton and Needleton sections on the famous Upper Animas River. As our most extreme whitewater adventure, with Class IV and V rapids, the Ultra Upper Animas is sure to be a marathon whitewater adventure.


With more options on Telluride’s San Miguel River, a strong snowpack is sure to satisfy the season’s rafting demands.  One of Colorado’s least known and most spectacular rivers, the San Miguel immerses guests into a wilderness of red-rock canyons, thrilling whitewater and incredible scenery.



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