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The popular Lower Animas River is great for families and groups with a large variety of age and adventure levels. It is a great sampler trip for ages 4 to 84! For those seeking a more adventurous trip, inflatable kayaks are a great option, because the smaller the boat the bigger the waves! No experience is necessary! Full day, half-day, and sampler economy trips generally run from May through September. The most popular trip is a 2-hour, it has all the exciting rapids.
Telluride’s San Miguel River, located 2+ hours away, is the perfect step up in adventure for those ages 10 years old and up. This fast flowing river with its continuous class II "splashes" and intermittent class III "wet and fun" rapids is an action packed one to three day voyage. This narrow, twisting unspoiled wilderness river canyon provides the visually striking scenery of deep green pine filled Colorado mountainside with contrasting red rock walls. Combined your rafting trip with a drive along the Million Dollar Skyway from Durango, CO. After your trip stop in the quaint mountain town of Telluride, and a soak the healing waters of Ouray for an unforgettable Colorado mountain vacation.
The intermediate Upper Box of the Piedra River for ages 12 and up! Located about an hour from Durango, and 10 minutes from Pagosa Springs, CO. The River starts as a small creek with many technical Class II splashes (meaning lots of maneuvering around rocks). As your journey continues, the river is joined by tributaries (creeks), which adds significant water volume to the river. As a pool drop river, the Piedra contains fast paced fun, but is also marked by small pools of calmer water allowing you to take in the exquisite jagged rock walls, pristine alpine forest, and wildlife! The Upper Box of the Piedra treats you to the big splashes of wet and fun Class III rapids and the big drops of two stair-step Class IV- rapids
The Lower Box of the Piedra takes those ages 16 & up for a trip on the wild side! Paddle through 1000 ft canyons, alpine rain forests, and heart pounding whitewater. The Lower Box of the Piedra River is also a pool drop highlighted by rapids that drop 6ft, then 5 ft, then 4 ft, with a calm section of water after the rapid. Relax and soak in the riverside hot springs. The Upper and Lower Boxes of the Piedra River are great single day trips, but the two-day overnight trip combining both boxes cannot be matched in beauty, excitement and adventure!
The Wild Upper Animas River provides some of the WILDEST whitewater in the U.S.! Continuous class III wet and fun rapids with intermittent class IV big drop and class V violent rapids make the Upper Animas one of the toughest commercially run trips in the U.S. at high water (early-mid June). Everyone on an Upper Animas trip must be a strong swimmer and able to paddle while the boat bounces, spins and submerges. Fourteen thousand-foot peaks rise from the banks of the river as the river drops at a rate of 85 feet per mile. The stunning scenery and adrenaline pumping whitewater make for an unforgettable one, two, or three day adventure for ages 16 & up.