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Lower Animas Raft Trip

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Lower Animas River Class II-III

A perfect Durango activity thats fun for the whole family. The Lower Animas offers fun and easy rapids all Summer - unless you arrive during peak runoff. In that case be prepared for plenty of excitement!

No trip to Durango is complete without a float down the Lower Animas. Perfect for churches, schools, families, couples, tourists and locals alike. This fun and convenient trip is perfect for large groups, families, and suitable for children 4 y/o and up. The Lower Animas starts on the North end of Durango near 32nd St and finishes 5-10 miles down stream depending on which trip you choose and the time of year. There are small class II rapids throughout the trip with the biggest rapid being located at Santa Rita Park known as Smelter. At high water Smelter has some big crashing waves and we will sometimes need to walk the small children in your group around this one depending on how high the water is. After Smelter the river returns back into is natural river bed where you’ll enjoy continuous small rapids through towering cottonwoods and lush riparian vegetation.

Up the ante with an Inflatable Kayak!
Inflatable kayaking is a great way to have your own personalized whitewater adventure. We can’t think of a better way for anyone to catch the “kayaking bug” than to join us on a guided inflatable kayaking trip. These boats are fun and easy to maneuver. Inflatable kayaks are the ultimate crafts for an exhilarating day of paddling on the river..

Lower Animas Rafting Smelter Rapid
What should I bring?
Dress to get splashed but most likely you wont get soaking wet, unless you jump into the river. We also recommend bringing a hat, sun glasses, water bottle and lathering on the sunscreen. You're welcome to wear your own water shoes or you can rent ours for $5. We do not allow flip-flops on any of our raft trips.

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What is provided?
* Self-bailing rafts, paddles, life jackets.
* Drinking water.
* Free parking and transportation.
* Wetsuits are available for rent. Wetsuits are usually not needed after May.

Should I tip my guide?
* Tips are encouraged for professional service (5 to 15% is common).

Animas River Flow @Durango
Monthly Animas River Flows

The Animas River is a free-flowing river which depends on snowpack. The river runs all Summer. High water and excitement occurs in May and June with lower flows and easy rapids later in the Summer.

Meeting Times
Express Raft Trip: 9:00am, 11:15am, 1:30pm, 5:00pm approx 1.5 hours on the water
Half Day: 9:00am, 1:30pm approx 3 hours on the water.

Raft: Ages 4-84! Four year olds will need to do an easy walk around Smelter Rapid at high flows in June.
Inflatable Kayak: Ages 10-84!
Lower Animas River Adults Youths
2 hour Express Raft Trip $30.00 $20.00
Half Day Raft Trip $45.00 $35.00
Inflatable Kayak Upgrade $10.00 $10.00

Inflatable Kayak Trips Inflatable Kayak Lower Animas River, Durango, CO
This option is for the person who likes to drive. You paddle your own inflatable kayak through the rapids on the Lower Animas river in Durango. Single and Tandem boats are available. Your guide will lead the way and keep an eye on you, but you are the one in control (or out of control).

Inflatable Kayak space is limited, so reservations are recommended. If one is available you can 'decide when you arrive' as well. Experience is not necessary, but helps. Offered July through Labor Day.

Sample Itinerary
Meet in Durango for equipment fitting 15 min before departure. Depart for 32nd Street put-in.(10 min drive) Safety orientation and launch.(10 min) Water fights and swimming with views of Animas Mountain. Pass under the Durango Train bridge. Let the rapids begin Smelter Rapid, Corner Pocket Rapid and Cheese Grater Rapid. Smile for the camera. Stop for a snack on 1/2 trips (crackers, meat, cheese and fruit float for 1 more hour Take-out and return to your vehicle.(5 min)

The prices above may not be current.

We no longer offer reservations for this adventure.

Please contact: Animas River Company, LLC at 970-259-4608
You can also contact them by email at:

Meeting Place: How to find Four Corners Whitewater
Four Corners Riversports Sign
In the upper right hand corner of this page, you can enter your location or a point that you know of and hit enter and google maps will open and show you a map to the meeting location and driving time.
Please arrive at 4Corners Riversports (360 South Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301) at least 15 min prior to the departure of your trip. 4Corners is located just south of downtown Durango on the frontage road adjacent to Hwy 550. We are next to Big 5 Sporting Goods and across the hwy from Office Depot.

Refund Policy
If we cancel a trip or deny you passage for any reason, you will receive a full refund. If you subtract group numbers or cancel your entire trip 2 days or more prior to your scheduled departure you will be refunded the full amount minus a 10% administrative fee. There will be no refunds or changes made within 2 days of your departure. Please consider buying trip insurance.

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