Durango Rafting Trips

The Animas River begins its journey high in the San Juans above Silverton. One of Colorado’s last free flowing rivers, it cuts through the Weminuche Wilderness Area where you will find the Upper Animas, a high adventure Class IV-V whitewater stretch surrounded by towering mountain peaks. The river flows into the Animas Valley north of Durango and makes its way through town.

Durango’s oldest and highest rated outfitter is Mountain Waters Rafting. They offer high adventure trips on the Upper Animas and beginner to intermediate family friendly trips through Durango on the Animas River. A trip tot he Four Corners is not complete without a whitewater adventure or trip on the river through Durango!

Upper Animas River

Class IV-V : Intermediate – Advanced

One phrase describes the Upper Animas, World Class! There are 3 different stretches, each that run at different times throughout the Summer season and each provide different degrees of difficulty. Two-day trips are also available. Learn more about the adventure raft trips outfitted by Mountain Waters Rafting.

Family Friendly Animas River

Class II-III : Beginner – Intermediate

Rafting through town is one of Durango’s most popular Summer activities for locals and visitors. The Animas River is a convenient and affordable family friendly stretch and provides a great introduction to rafting. Trips range from 2 hours to a full day, but the half day trip is the most popular and best experience. Learn more about the trips on the Lower Animas River through Durango.

Inflatable Kayaks

Class II-III : Beginner – Intermediate

In mid to late Summer the Animas River slows down and the rapids become smaller. This is the time for inflatable kayaks! No experience is necessary to take a IK on a guided trip through town. You do all the steering and maneuvering making this experience much more adventurous than late summer raft trips. Learn more about Inflatable Kayaks on the Animas River.

Mesa Verde Information

  • Special Tours for Photographers
    Special Tours for Photographers
    Mesa Verde Park Staff is offering two special tours for Summer 2017! There will be four special sunrise tours of Balcony House and Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace everyday May 26 – Sept 9. These tours will offer a unique oppoerunity to capture these spectacular cliff...
  • Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    The Petroglyph Point Trail is a lovely excursion for the active bunch to do while visiting Mesa Verde. The 2.4 mile trail is a good activity to do during the heat of the day. The majority of the trail and most strenuous part is shaded, ending...
  • Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    This self-guided tour of Step House on Wetherill Mesa is quick and accessible from the trail, 3/4 mile in length that loops the dwelling. We recommend doing this either at the beginning or end of the day due to the high sun exposure of the trail...

Park Alerts

  • Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House, an iconic self-guided cliff dwelling in the heart of Chapin Mesa, is unfortunately CLOSED for the unforeseeable future due to concerns about rock fall. It can still be viewed from the Museum overlook....
Durango Rafting Trips April 14, 2017