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  • Address: Animas River, Durango, Colorado, USA

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Animas River Tours

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.

Tours & Tickets

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4-Hour Rafting Trip Down the Animas River, Durango, null

4-Hour Rafting Trip Down the Animas River

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience the full beauty of the Lower Animas with this 4-hour trip, about 3 hours on the water, which includes a snack break and an unforgettable adventure ...  Read more

Location: Durango, Colorado
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Zip Line and Family Rafting Package, Durango, River Rafting & Tubing

Zip Line and Family Rafting Package

Spend the day floating through the trees and floating down the river in Durango, Colorado! The 8 am 3 hour Ponderosa Grande Canopy Tour (12 Spans) offers the ...  Read more

Location: Durango, Colorado
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $258.00
Durango 2-Hour Rafting Trip, Durango, White Water Rafting

Durango 2-Hour Rafting Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

For a quick, action-packed adventure, this splash and dash package is the perfect way to get in, get wet and get going to your next adventure. An unforgettable ...  Read more

Location: Durango, Colorado
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.00

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