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Whitewater Rafting Durango CO

In all the world there is nothing more exhilarating than a whitewater adventure in the Rocky Mountains. The thrill of spring run-off or the slower pace of a late summer float will spark the interest of every adventurer.

Feel the excitement as you splash through the rapids of Smelter, Sawmill, Santa Rita, and Pinball. Your certified guides will insure your safety and provide historic information while you enjoy the scenic beauty of the Animas River.

Your trip to Durango just isn't complete without a rafting expedition on the Animas River. Outlaw Tours provides a variety of trips for even the most skilled rafter.

Select the trip that best meets your needs.
* Age 6 and Under - Free
* Age 7 to 11 - Youth Rates Apply
* Age 12 and Older - Adult

Whitewater Rafting Schedule


Lower Animas River - Ideal for families
2hr Trip
Price
Depart Return
$29 Adult
$20 Youth
9:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
11:00 am
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
Features class II and III, intermediate whitewater trip. Time on water totals 1.5 hours. Passes through the National Kayaking Course, lots of fun with minimal risk. All lower Animas trips meet 15 minutes prior to departure.


4hr Trip - Half day
Price
Depart Return
$45 Adult
$35 Youth
8:30 am
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
Class II and III intermediate whitewater trip, actual time on the water is 3.5 hours. Passes through the National Kayaking course and Canyon of the Animas. Lots of fun and minimal risk. All lower Animas trips meet 15 minutes prior to departure.
Trip includes a snack and a drink


Full Day 6.5 Hour Trip
Price
Depart Return
$70 Adult
$55 Youth
8:30 am 2:30 pm
Class II and III intermediate whitewater trip, actual time on the water is 5.5 hours. Passes through the National Kayaking course and Canyon of the Animas onto tribal reservation land, concluding at the New Mexico Border. All lower Animas trips meet 15 minutes prior to departure.
Trip includes a lunch and a drink

Raft and Jeep Combo- Trip 3/4 Day

Price
Depart Return
$105 Adults
$85 Youth
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Choose either a 2 hour raft trip down the Lower Animas River and a 4 hour Jeep trip to the beautiful La Plata Mountains, or a 4 hour raft trip and a 2 1/4 hour Jeep trip.  Relive history with our highly trained guides.

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Raft & ATV Combo-

Price
Depart Return
$115 Adults
$95 Youth
8:30 am 3:30 pm
Enjoy a 2-hour raft trip on the Lower Animas River and a 2-hour ATV ride in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.

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Raft & Zipline Adventure Combo-

Price
Depart Return
$170 Adults
$165 Youth
8:30 am 4:30 pm
Enjoy two of Durango's best activities in a single day. Raft the Lower Animas from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., then zipline the treetops of Durango from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Upper Animas River
Runs on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Only
(Call for details)
Age 16 and Up - Adults Only

Rafting on River

One Day Upper Animas Class III and Advanced Class IV and V
Late May thru early August. Ages 16 and Up - Adults Only.

Price
Meet Return
$190 Adult

7:30 am 6:45 pm
If you're looking for heart-stopping and continuous whitewater, then join the ranks of the few who have conquered one of the toughest commercially run rivers in America. The Animas is one of the last free-flowing rivers within the United States. This aggressive river drops an average of 85 feet per mile. Whitewater enthusiasts from around the world come to Durango to take the challenge. Participants must be in good physical shape and have previous intermediate-to-advanced whitewater experience. Wetsuits, booties, helmet and gloves are provided. Pre-trip orientation required the evening prior at 5 p.m. at our central office (555 Main Avenue). Dress to get wet! Please bring overnight gear if you are staying at our wilderness camp. Call for complete trip itinterary. All upper Animas trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.
Perfect refreshing float trip for the end of the season!

Two Day Upper Animas (Class III to V)
Ages 16 and Up - Adults Only

Price
Meet Return
$395 Adult

7:30 am 6:45 pm

The upper animas feature some of the most challenging whitewater rapids in North America dropping nearly 85 ft per mile.  The additional day allows you time to explore historical Weminuche Wilderness area for hiking, fishing camping and a taste of our spectacular food at our wilderness camp at 9,000 plus ft.  The rafting follows the same itinerary as the one day upper Animas with above stated added features. All upper Animas trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.

Three Day Upper Animas (Class III to V)
Ages 16 and Up - Adults Only

Price
Meet Return
$525 Adult

7:30 am 6:45 pm
This trip offers the same itinerary as the 2 day Upper Animas extreme adventure, except you will spend a full day at our beautiful wilderness camp in Needleton, Colorado. This scenic camp is nestled in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness area. The extra day allows our guest the opportunity to hike, explore, fish, or just relax in Colorado's largest and most remote wilderness camp. All upper Animas trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.



Upper Animas: Needleton Section (Class III to V)

Price
Depart Return
$175 Adult

7:30 am 6:30 pm
Your trip begins in historic Downtown Durango. Enjoy four hours of continuous Class III and IV whitewater rapids with one optional Class V Rapid. Must have prior rafting experience.


Piedra One Day Trips (Call for details)

Whitewater River Rafting


Upper Box - Piedra River Advanced Class III to IV
Ages 12 and Up
Price
Depart Return
$145 Adult

7:30 am 4:30 pm
If breathtaking thrills come from bouncing off rocks and splashing through chilling rapids, then this wilderness waterway will leave you breathless. The scenery is awesome, the whitewater is incredible, and your experience will be unforgettable. All Piedra trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.


Lower Box - Piedra River Advanced Class III to IV+ Rapids
Ages 16 and Up - Adults Only
Price
Depart Return
$175 Adult

8:30 am 3:00 pm

This 12 mile section is reserved for experienced whitewater rafters, because of the steep descents, extreme cold water, and remote wilderness area that this river descends through, promoting rapids in class four and five category.  This wild and scenic river has unbelievable scenery, abundant wildlife including trophy elk and mule deer, black bear, eagles, peregrine falcons, and playful river otters.

Enjoy one day of whitewater and breathtaking scenery as you descend through 1,000 foot deep canyon walls. Soak in hot springs, hike, fish and enjoy a Rock Mountains experience. Pre-trip orientation is required. Must be physically fit and have previous whitewater experience on class IV water. Wetsuits, helmets and fleece required. All Piedra trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.

Piedra Two Day Trips (Call for details)

Rafting in Durango CO
Upper and Lower Box - Piedra River
Advanced Class III to IV+ Rapids
Ages 16 and Up - Adults Only

Price
Depart Return
$375 Adult

8:30 am 3:00 pm

This 23-mile whitewater adventure combines both the upper and lower boxes with an overnight experience at wilderness camp.  As one paddles through this canyon the walls exceed a 1,000 ft. as you experience heart pounding rapids and some of the biggest drops available in the entire state of Colorado.   This pristine wilderness area and thrilling whitewater is a must see adventure.  The food  and this spectacular river will leave you hungering for more.

Enjoy two days of whitewater and breathtaking scenery as you descend through 1,000 foot deep canyon walls. Soak in hot springs, hike, fish and enjoy a Rock Mountains experience. Pre-trip orientation is required. Must be physically fit and have previous whitewater experience on class IV water. Wetsuits, helmets and fleece required. All Piedra trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.

Animas + Piedra Rivers Combined Extreme Adventure Package (Call for details)

Price
Depart Return
$625 Adult

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Enjoy two days on the Upper Animas combined with two days Upper and Lower Piedra River. All meals, shuttle, and technical equipment provided. Three nights camping. All Piedra trips meet 30 minutes prior to departure.

inflatable kayak float trip


Inflatable Kayaks


Age 12 and Up - Adult
(All trips meet 15 minutes prior to departure)
2 hr Trip

Price
Depart Return
$40 Single
$60 Double
9:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
11:00 am
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
Be your own navigator on the Animas River by paddling an inflatable kayak! You are escorted, so no experience is necessary! It's an exciting adventure. Kayakers must be 12 yrs. of age or older. We provide all equipment: kayak, paddle, life jacket, and helmet. Booties and wetsuits are required in high water.

4 hr Trip
Price
Depart Return
$70 Single
$110 Double
9:00 am
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
Perfect refreshing float trip for the end of the season, and it passes through the canyon of the Animas and Ute Indian Reservation.
Trip includes a snack and a drink

 

Seasonal: Rafting season runs from May 1st - September 30th each year depending on water levels.

Gear Rental Information

$6.00 Splash Gear
$3.00 Booties
$12.00 Wet Suits
$2.00 Gloves

We provide all equipment: kayak, paddle, life jacket, and helmet. Booties and wetsuits are required in high water.


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