Important Considerations

Please take a look at the important considerations for your specific trip and let us know if you have any questions!

Durango’s Animas River | San Miguel River | Piedra River | Upper Animas River
Colorado River | Salt River | Verde River | Jeep Trail Tours

Considerations for all of our rivers: After peak snow melt when the water levels recede, all rapids can be downgraded a half to a full Class.

Durango’s Animas River

  • We recommend the AM departure mid-June to mid-August to avoid our frequent, brief afternoon showers.
  • Durango's Lower Animas River
  • At high water levels (usually early June) our age limits may increase or younger kids may be shuttled around the larger Class III rapid.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.
  • Wetsuits are highly recommended through June and wetsuit boots are recommended all season. Rentals are available
  • While you are rafting, be sure to make accommodations for your four-legged friends. While the water temperatures are cold, the outside temperatures are very hot! Dogs cannot be kept in a vehicle while you raft.
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.
  • Please meet 30-45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure to check in, fill out waivers and get dressed for the river.

Extra Considerations for Inflatable Kayaks on Durango’s Animas River

  • Wetsuits are required through June and highly recommended from July on.
  • Participants must be 11 or older.
  • Physical fitness is recommended. Remember you will be getting in and out of your boat and paddling your own craft.

San Miguel River

  • Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for the shuttle to the river. There are no actual changing rooms at our remote meeting location.
  • San Miguel River
  • If you are rafting in May or June, bring extra layers of fleece or polypropylene for warmth. Wool socks under the wetsuit boots also help keep you warmer.
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.
  • Due to limited put-ins and take-outs, all trip times can vary by half an hour.
  • This is a great trip for those that like a scenic wilderness trip with road access. It works great for families and groups.

Extra Considerations for Overnight Trips on the San Miguel River

  • Multi-day trips involve a lot of moving parts (and water!), which can sometimes make it difficult to provide meals at normal times. Meals are often later than you might normally have them at home due to the heat of the day, or good places to have them along the way. We invite you to bring snacks of your own along that you can keep in a fanny pack close to you for these instances (especially if you have hungry children!).
  • Your personal overnight gear gear will be packed in dry bags, please use a backpack or small duffel bag for your dry clothes, shoes and toiletries. If you bring your own camping equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), those will also be packed in our dry bags. If you opt to use our rentals, we will, of course, bring them along!

Piedra River

Upper Box of the Piedra River

  • A thermal wetsuit is required – rentals are available.
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  • Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for the shuttle to the river. There are no actual changing rooms at our remote meeting location.
  • When the Piedra River level drops low (it gets real bony & the drops become more dramatic with bigger consequences), we will switch participants to the San Miguel River for a more suitable/fun trip. This will be arranged prior to your trip if necessary.
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.
  • Since there is only road access where we put-in and take-out, all participants must be in shape to hike up out of the canyon (uphill 2 hours) if needed. This level of physical fitness is necessary to participate in this trip.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.

Lower Box of the Piedra River

  • A thermal wetsuit is required – rentals are available.
  • The pre-rafting swim practice through a Class II+ rapid is required and will be done at the put-in prior to rafting.
  • Lower Piedra River
  • This trip is physically demanding. All participants must be in outstanding physical shape. When rafting, it is important to choose the trip that matches the level of the least adventurous and least physically fit person in your group. It is dangerous to ignore physical limitations.
  • Since this box canyon becomes 1,000 feet deep and there is only road access where we put-in and take-out, all participants must be in shape to hike out of the canyon (uphill 2 hours) if needed.
  • When the Piedra River level drops low (it gets real bony & the drops become more dramatic with bigger consequences), we will switch participants to the San Miguel River for a more suitable/fun trip. This will be arranged prior to your trip if necessary.
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.
  • Mild to Wild uses different size rafts depending on the water flow.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.

Extra Considerations for Overnight Trips on the Piedra River

  • The pre-rafting swim practice through a Class II+ rapid is required and will be done at the put-in prior to rafting.
  • Your personal overnight gear will be packed in dry bags, please use a backpack or small duffel bag for your dry clothes, shoes and toiletries. If you bring your own camping equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), those will also be packed in our dry bags. If you opt to use our rentals, we will, of course, bring them along!

Upper Animas River

  • Orientation is at 5:15 the evening prior to your scheduled trip and is required. Orientation will include a practice raft trip and a swim through a Class II+ to III+ rapid, so come with a swimsuit and be prepared to get wet! Plan 2 to 3 hours for this orientation. If you need to schedule a Needleton on the Upper Animasdifferent time for the orientation (another evening or the morning prior) there is a $50/person charge.
  • This trip is physically demanding. All participants must be in outstanding physical shape. When rafting, it is important to choose the trip that matches the level of the least adventurous and least physically fit person in your group. It is dangerous to ignore physical limitations.
  • If you are not comfortable with the Upper Animas after the orientation, we will move you to a more suitable trip. We will refund the difference between the trip costs, less $100 to cover our expenses from the train ticket, orientation, etc.
  • You can request the section you prefer to raft, but the decision is primarily determined by water levels with safety as our first priority.
  • As the season progresses and water levels change, we reserve the right to change the section of the river that you will raft based on the type of trip you are looking for and your abilities.
  • Because the river bottom drops at an average of 85 feet per mile, creating non-stop whitewater, it is important you are in great physical shape to handle the paddling and potential swim.
  • Mild to Wild uses different size rafts depending on the water flow.
  • The price of this trip includes the $85 Narrow Gauge Railroad train ticket.
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.

Extra Considerations for Overnight Trips on the Upper Animas River

  • Your personal overnight gear will be packed in dry bags, please use a backpack or small duffel bag for your dry clothes, shoes and toiletries. If you bring your own camping equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), those will also be packed in our dry bags. If you opt to use our rentals, we will, of course, bring them along!
  • Our rafting schedule is very dependent on the train schedule as all equipment needs to be taken off the train and loaded back onto the train before you leave. You will still get 4-5 hours of rafting each day, however, on the day you raft out, expect a leisurely morning with a yummy guide prepared breakfast before we are able to load the train and begin rafting.
  • When water levels get lower, the itinerary for overnight trips may be altered. We will do our best to arrange these changes in advance.

Colorado River

Single Day Trips on the Colorado River

  • If you are interested in trying the inflatable kayaks, let us know ahead of time so we are sure to bring some along.
  • The double kayaks, if you opt for the inflatable kayak option, are more challenging than the single kayaks because they are longer, weighed down more with 2 people and more difficult to maneuver with 2 people sometimes working against each other.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.

Overnight Trips on the Colorado River

  • Our guides will pick you up at your place of lodging the morning of your trip, please arrange this ahead of time.
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  • Bring a sheet to sleep under for warm summer trips. You usually will want a sleeping bag by time the early morning comes around, but nights can start out quite warm!
  • On river time is about 3 to 4 hours, including time for lunch and hikes. This provides the right mix of river time and beach/camp time.
  • If you reserved a raft trip, but want some experience in an inflatable kayak, as well, call our office and let us know! We can bring a couple along for everyone to try.
  • Multi-day trips involve a lot of moving parts (and water!), which can sometimes make it difficult to provide meals at normal times. Meals are often later than you might normally have them at home due to the heat of the day, or good places to have them along the way. We invite you to bring snacks of your own along that you can keep in a fanny pack close to you for these instances (especially if you have hungry children!).
  • Your personal overnight gear will be packed in dry bags, please use a backpack or small duffel bag for your dry clothes, shoes and toiletries. If you bring your own camping equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), those will also be packed in our dry bags. If you opt to use our rentals, we will, of course, bring them along!
  • Our normal departure days for this trip are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If these days do not work for you, call our office and we will try to schedule a trip that best fits your schedule!
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.

Salt River

  • The Salt River Canyon is a wilderness area. There is no electricity, running water or cellular phone service. Please keep in mind that these added Salt River Raftingchallenges help make the Salt River Canyon the magical place it is.
  • Wetsuits are included on all of our Salt River Trips. It is best to wear your swimsuit to the river under your clothes.
  • We can only communicate from our main office via Satellite communication to the Salt River guides, which means our communication is limited. Plan accordingly when traveling to the river. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
  • Age limits may increase at high water levels; this will be communicated to you prior to your trip if it becomes an issue.
  • We cannot run credit cards on location, but we do have some river goodies and souvenirs for sale so we recommend bringing cash if you are interested.
  • The Salt River Canyon meeting place is about 50 miles from the nearest towns of Globe and Show Low, so be sure to have enough gas and water (snacks if desired, too).
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.
  • All youth 12 and under and those timid will walk around some of the Class IV rapids.
  • Expect the Salt River Canyon to be about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix.
  • If you have any dietary restrictions in your group, please let us know ahead of time for the 1-4 day trips so we can accommodate.

Extra Considerations for Overnight Salt River Trips

  • Your personal overnight gear will be packed in dry bags, please use a backpack or small duffel bag for your dry clothes, shoes and toiletries. If you bring your own camping equipment (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), those will also be packed in our dry bags. If you opt to use our rentals, we will, of course, bring them along!
  • For 3 & 4 Day Trips: The shuttle from the take out back to the meet location where you left your car can take around 4 hours. Take advantage of our car shuttle service and we will drive your car to the take out for you – when you arrive at the take out, you can leave from there! Cost is $125 per vehicle (a $70 savings from our normal shuttle price!) and you will need to fill out a shuttle contract.
  • All itineraries are subject to change due to water conditions.

Verde River

  • Wear your swimsuits under your clothing as there are no changing rooms at the meeting point.
  • Wetsuits are highly recommended all season on this snow melt river.
  • During high water it is common for us to portage the class IV to V rapid, this will be up to the guide’s discretion.

Jeep Trail Tours

  • You must bring your own car seats for children who require them on the jeep trail tour, Mild to Wild does not provide any. The Colorado Car Jeep Trail ToursSeat Law states children up to 8 years must be in an appropriate car seat/booster seat.
  • The guides will have water, but it will not always be accessible during the trip, we recommend you bring your own water bottle along.
  • Dress in layers, as it can be 5-10 degrees cooler in the high country.
  • If you choose to tip your guide (which they greatly appreciate), we cannot run a tip on a credit card, so please bring cash.