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Animas River Tours

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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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Animas River

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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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Durango Rafting - Family Friendly Quarter Day Trip

Durango Rafting - Family Friendly Quarter Day 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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$48.11
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Whitewater Rafting - Intermediate Class IV Upper Animas Needleton Trip

Whitewater Rafting - Intermediate Class IV Upper Animas Needleton Trip

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The Durango-Silverton Train will take us to the halfway point in the canyon where this trip begins at Needleton. Here lies the start of 12 miles of the friendlier side of the Upper Animas. The river quickly gets your attention with Class IV Broken Bridge Rapid followed by miles of continuous Class II & III whitewater. Stunning scenery and fun whitewater action make this the foremost trip in the state for all experience levels!
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$319.00
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Whitewater Rafting - Intermediate Class IV Rockwood Gorge Trip

Whitewater Rafting - Intermediate Class IV Rockwood Gorge Trip

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Run after the flows have peaked for the season and the Silverton & Needleton stretches become too low to raft. The 200 foot deep Rockwood Gorge is narrow enough and steep enough to provide exciting Class IV pool-drop rapids late into the summer! We access the gorge with a beautiful train ride into the canyon and end with a 1 mile hike 400 feet up to our waiting vehicle.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Durango Kayaking - Quarter Day Trip

Durango Kayaking - Quarter Day Trip

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Navigate the Animas River in your personal inflatable kayak on a 2-hour tour from Durango. There’s no need to smuggle your personal paddle past TSA, as all gear, including a helmet and life vest, is provided for you. After a safety briefing and rundown of the route, it’s time to hit the water. Follow your experienced guide along class III whitewater rapids as you adventure through world famous Colorado wildlife.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Whitewater Rafting - Advanced Class IV-V Upper Animas Silverton Trip

Whitewater Rafting - Advanced Class IV-V Upper Animas Silverton Trip

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At moderate to high flows this is one of the most demanding whitewater stretches in the US launching from Silverton, CO at 9,300 feet. Ten miles of challenging river culminates with Class V No Name Rapid. From here it is 2 miles of continuous whitewater dropping an amazing 120ft/mi ending at Needleton where we will board the train for the ride back to Durango. Outstanding, challenging, breathtaking: the definition of world class.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour Family Rafting in Durango with Guide

2-Hour Family Rafting in Durango with Guide

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Not all rafting trips have to take up your entire day—this tour from Durango gets you on the water and back out with time to enjoy another adventure before the sun goes down. You'll spend one hour on the Animas River navigating the Class II and Class III rapids with a rafting guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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