We took the half day trip down the lower Animas River guided by Auri. My husband and I have rafted about 6 times in the past, so we had an idea of how things would go. But our 8 and 13 year old children were experiencing rafting for the first time. The safety precautions were good, equipment in good repair, and the guide very skilled and friendly. Taking the trip first thing in the morning (esp on a Sunday) was great because the river was not crowded. Hence, we had a good distance between our boat and others, which made the trip especially pleasant. The river is a bit low by this time of year, but we had several class I's and a class II. It was a very good family trip and we really appreciated Auri, our guide. Nice job, Mountain Waters! We highly recommend their services. Good times and a good value too. We only wish we had booked a full day trip.