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Animas River Tours and Activities

Animas River
Get your helmets and life vests ready—this family-friendly rafting river serves up class I, II and III rapids as it winds through Colorado shrub land and downtown Durango. Calmer than its wild upper reaches in the San Juan mountains surrounding Silverton 48 miles north, Durango’s stretch boasts calm bends as well as several named rapids including “Smelter,” “Pinball,” and “Santa Rita Hole,” as it passes the fairgrounds and the buildings of downtown. Though it still can be a wild ride, most guided tours will take kids as young as five years old. Rafting adventures run from May to September.

In the height of summer when the river is warmest and lowest, tubing is also a popular past time. The city runs shuttles from the parking and take-out at 9th Street at Schneider Park to the put-in near the Recreation Center where there’s free air fills for tubes. South of town a four-mile stretch of river has achieved notoriety as an excellent fly-fishing spot for rainbow and brown trout.

If you’re in Durango in the off-season, you can still enjoy the river and its downtown views via the Durango River Trail. The walking path has pedestrian bridges and sculpture installations and follows the course of the river through the city.

Practical Info

More than a dozen commercial outfitters in downtown Durango offer rafting excursions. Most are half-day, professionally guided and include gear rentals. The put-in for commercial tours is at 33rd St. or 29th Street where they intersect with East 3rd Ave.

Additional thermal gear is recommended in the early season months of May and June.
Address: Animas River, Durango, Colorado, USA
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Durango Family-Friendly 2-Hour Rafting Trip

Durango Family-Friendly 2-Hour Rafting Trip

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Get your whole family out on the rapids with this whitewater rafting trip down the Animas River in Durango. Spend two hours in the company of an adventure guide, paddling over Class I, II, and III rapids, suitable for novices and experts alike (including children). Shoot down the river and take in the scenery, coming away with a sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of Colorado's wilderness.
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  • 2 hours
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Durango Rafting - Family Friendly Half Day Trip

Durango Rafting - Family Friendly Half Day Trip

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of a rafting adventure on this professionally guided, 4-hour excursion. Ride along the clear, crisp waters of the Animas River in Durango. Crash through the Class I, II and III rapids, which are less technical but no less exciting for an introductory river experience. It’s a perfect balance for kids and adults wanting to share a fun day on the river. All boating equipment, plus transportation and snacks are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.97
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Zip Line - Rafting Package

Zip Line - Rafting Package

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Float the Animas River in Durango on this full-day tour, perfect for families. With a guide leading, even first-timers and small children will enjoy the river rafting experience. After a lunch break (own expense), head for the zipline, where you'll zoom through the Ponderosa pines for epic views of the Colorado mountains all around you.
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  • 7 hours
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Durango Kayaking - Half Day Trip

Durango Kayaking - Half Day Trip

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Double the adventure and thrills of the Animas River by piloting your own inflatable kayak (IK). This trip takes you through Durango and a Class III Whitewater Park. You will be instructed and outfitted by our professional guides to pilot your Inflatable Kayak along with the raft trip. This excursion requires full participation and a strong sense of adventure!
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  • 4 hours
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