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Half-Day Family Rafting in Durango

Durango, United States

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Float down the Lower Animas River on this family-friendly rafting trip in Durango. As you glide over the rapids with a guide, you can enjoy views of Durango from the water and take in the natural beauty south of town. Stop on the riverside for a snack, and listen to stories about the history and traditions of the region. This is a mild rafting option for ages 4 years and up. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
  • Half-day Durango rafting tour
  • Enjoy a family-friendly adventure on the Lower Animas River
  • Tackle mild rapids
  • Admire views of Durango and the surrounding scenery
  • Snacks included during the tour
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River and land access fees included
Trip Leaders average 2,000 river miles
highly maintained equipment
Round trip shuttle from main office
Free Parking
Pre-trip safety orientation
Free splash jackets and helmets (if desired)
50 Animas View Dr, Durango, CO 81301, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour starts in either the morning or afternoon at the rafting tour office, where you'll sign a waiver form and get ready for your trip down Durango's Lower Animas River. 

After a shuttle ride to the river, listen to a safety briefing and some instructions, and then hop on your raft and hit the water. With your guide in charge of the raft, you'll paddle along, navigating the Train Bridge Rapid, Baby Smelter, and Class III Smelter Rapid.

Pull over on the riverbank for a snack of granola bars and fruit, and then continue rafting along the Sawmill, Santa Rita, and Pinball rapids, depending on the flow. Your tour ends with the shuttle ride back to the rafting office, roughly four hours after your departure time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Wet-suit and wet-suit boot rentals are highly recommended through June
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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109 Reviews
2 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Great day of Family fun
, Aug 2020
This was so much fun! Sam was our Rafting guide and really made our day relaxing and exciting all at the same time. the day of the event was organized and easily explained. I will definitly do this again.
Great family adventure!
, Jun 2020
We took our family of 7, including 3 kids (ages 8-12) and two grandparents, on a half day rafting trip with Mild to Wild Adventures on the Animas River. Our guide was Jeremy and he did a great job making everyone feel comfortable and informed about the trip. We loved the beautiful scenery around us and even got to experience some exciting class 3 rapids. I highly recommend booking this adventure when you visit Durango!
River rafting
, Jun 2020
We had a great time with Ellen on the river! My only complaint was when I booked I was told I would get a drink and a snack in my package deal. We didn’t receive either.
The half day white water rafting...
Craig M
, Aug 2017
The half day white water rafting trip was worth every penny. Out guide, Rio, was skilled, friendly and knowledgeable. He kept us entertained with his knowledge of the area and rafting in general. I would very definitely go rafting with them again.
My 11 yr old son and I had a great...
Rohe E
, Aug 2016
My 11 yr old son and I had a great time riding the Animas. Our guide was nice and knowledgeable.
Wanted more white water but was...
Peter B
, Aug 2016
Wanted more white water but was still a great 1/2 day, Our family and friends like it and next time maybe a full day!!
Very fun, our guide Cliff was...
Leroy M
, Jul 2016
Very fun, our guide Cliff was awesome!! Already recommended Wild 2 Mild to another in Durango.
It was AWESOME.....great guides...
graham k
, Jun 2016
It was AWESOME.....great guides, very friendly, funny and knowledgeable about the river. We had a blast....definetly a must do!

Product code: 22803P1

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