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Take Advantage of Colorado's many mountain rivers and enjoy a day, or a half day of exciting river rafting. Fantastic trips are available for beginners or more experienced rafters.

Rafting Activities

Take Advantage of Colorado's many mountain rivers and enjoy a day, or a half day of exciting river rafting. Fantastic trips are available for beginners or more experienced rafters.

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ACTIVITIES AND TOURS

Rafting Activities

Rafting is one of the most exciting activities available on the San Juan Skyway

Riggs Fly Shop

Located right in the town of Ridgway, Riggs Fly Shop provides many options for guided fishing in Ridgway, Montrose, Gunnison and surrounding areas on half or full day trips. Fly fishing, wade, float and tenkara fishing are all available as are Stand-up paddle and river trip services.

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Southwest Raft and Jeep

Here is your one-stop shop for rafting, jeeping, ziplining, and water rentals like stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, river tubes and raft rentals.

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Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours

From the hub of Durango, Rivertrippers can share the experiences of whitewater rafting, off-road tours, Jeep and RZR rentals and guided tours to visit the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.

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Durango Adventures

Durango is famous for its Zipline Tours, Off Road Tours, White-Water Rafting and close access to the world famous cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. Each of these options is available through Durango Adventures.

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Mountain Waters Rafting

Many Durango activities can be purchased directly through Mountain Waters Rafting including: family or adventure rafting, inflatable kayak tours, guided off-road tours, ziplines, bike trips, stand up paddle board activities, rock climbing and sightseeing tours to the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.

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Flexible Flyers Rafting

Choose from any one of a number of river rafting options in the Durango area in addition to inflatable kayaking and tubing.

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Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours

Mild to Wild offers many activity options from a variety of rafting adventures, to Jeep Tours, sightseeing at Mesa Verde, stand-up paddling, and ziplines

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Colorado Outback Adventures

This adventure company located in Durango offers a number of different activity options including rafting adventures, Jeep tours and Jeep rentals, RZR and UTV rentals, waterski and wakeboard excursions, off-road go-karts and ziplining.

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Four Corners Rafting

A rafting service in both Durango and Telluride that offers a number of options including inflatable kayaks.

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Outlaw River and Jeep Tours

You have options here for summer or winter activities with snowmobile tours, whitewater rafting, Jeep tours, sightseeing tours to Mesa Verde and Jeep, RZR and ATV rentals,

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Telluride Outside

This company offers so many activities in the Telluride area: guided snowmobile trips , fly fishing, river rafting, 4WD tours and stand-up paddling.

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Irwin Guides

Irwin Guides operates primarily out of Crested Butte and Gunnison which are about a 2 hour drive from the 'Skyway' location of Ridgway. They provide tours in the following disciplines: snowshoeing, ice climbing, rock climbing, biking trips, hiking, fishing, rafting and stand-up paddling,

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Scenic River Tours

Scenic River Tours operates primarily out of Crested Butte and Gunnison which are about a 2 hour drive from the 'Skyway' location of Ridgway. They offer various rafting trips, fishing trips, rock climbing and kayaking tours.

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Gunnison Fish and Raft

Gunnison Fish and Raft operates out of Gunnison which is about a 2 hour drive from the 'Skyway' location of Ridgway. They specialize in both float and wade fishing.

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Pagosa Outside

This activity is in Pagosa Springs which is about an hour drive from its closest point on the 'Skyway' which is Durango. Pagosa Outside deals primarily with rafting trips and there are a number to choose from. SUP and inflatable kayaks are also available.

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Rafting in the San Juans

Rafting in Colorado’s Rockies on its 13 river systems provides incredible experiences for both pros and novices. Each spring vast amounts of snowmelt flowing from high country rush and squeeze through canyons creating whitewater. Hence memorable rafting runs from May through August. Some rivers, like the Animus, have longer rafting seasons. The Animas is usually navigable into late August or early September, depending upon snowpack and summer rains. For good reasons rafting trips on the Animas River frequently get the most attention, especially since often they are offered together with rides on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and other nearby activities.

The Animas River runs from high in the San Juan Mountains along the Durango and Vallecito Lake areas to New Mexico. The river flows past gorgeous panoramic views of the Rockies and many historic mining towns and other attractions. The upper and lower Animus have gained fame, even notoriety, as rafting destinations. The upper Animus, when at high water, has acquired a reputation as the most challenging river run in the state. In its 28-miles, that include more than 100 rapids, runs reach IV+ and V classes. At times gradients are as high as 85%, dropping 150 feet per mile. With much less risk, the lower Animas River runs 11 miles with class I-II rapids.

But in addition to rafting adventures on the lower and upper Animas, rafting options in the San Juans include the Dolores River, Gunnison River, Lake Fork River, Piedra River, San Juan River, San Miguel, Taylor River, and others. Most of these rivers have sections with varying difficulty, like the very scenic and narrow Taylor River. Some of these rivers are more likely to provide wildlife sightings, like the Dolores River and the Gunnison River as it cuts a swath through the Uncompahgre Mountain Range and picturesque scenery that includes the red-sandstone and black-granite of Gunnison Gorge. Many of these rafting rivers provide multi-day excursions like the San Juan River, starting in Pagosa Springs.

Most rafting trips start only a short distance from towns along the San Juan Skyway. Telluride, for example, is only minutes from a departure point on the San Miguel River with mostly Class II and some III rapids for ideal family trips, inexperienced and first-time whitewater rafters. Thanks to very little contiguous development and natural flows, the San Miguel River still is in superb condition as it flows the 80 miles from near 14,000-foot Mount Wilson to the desert near Dolores. The river winds in and out of Class II-III rapids creating enjoyment and excitement without much technical difficulty. The best time to raft this river is during June and July.

The Gunnison River begins high in the mountains near Grand Junction as simply a mountain stream. Flowing into the valley, it widens but remains a shallow river as it passes through Gunnison, Colorado. Flowing westward, through the awesome Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, it feeds the huge reservoir of the Curecanti National Recreation area and heads for Gunnison Gorge, a section of the Gunnison River that, filled with many Class II-III+ rapids, is rafted from May to September. The first 11 miles of the river are interspersed with Class III rapids. Generally, however, it’s a really good place for family rafting. Higher water levels occur during May to early June adding some rafting intensity to narrow river passageways. Getting to the river involves a steep one-mile hike filled with amazing canyon scenery. This is one of the San Juan rivers where rafters usually can glimpse a variety of wildlife, such as bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, and eagles.

Lake Fork River is one of the many tributaries of the Gunnison. The river runs south of the Curecanti Recreation Area north of Lake City. Fed entirely by snowmelt from the San Juan Mountains, the rafting season runs from May to July. During this time upper Lake Fork River offers Class II rapids while the lower Lake Fork River, flowing through a gorge, precipitously plunges through a forested box canyon with Class IV - Class V rapids. Dropping at an average rate of 50 feet per mile, the final descent arrives at Blue Mesa Reservoir.

The Piedra River “Rock River”), named by conquistadors Dominguez and Escalante, runs 22-miles between Durango and Pagosa Springs and includes incredibly deep canyons. Raftable between May and July, the Upper Box area contains II to IV (maybe even V) rapids. As the river cascades through the alpine forests of the Weminuche Wilderness Area, the river begins to open up Class III to IV+ rapids and eventually doubles its gradient from about 50 feet per mile to 100. All of this is happening for rafters in the midst of undisturbed wilderness and towering canyon walls. These forests are filled with mule deer, elk, black bear, eagles and more wildlife.

Originating on Southern Colorado's Continental Divide, the San Juan River travels through southwest Colorado into the northwest corner of New Mexico. In late spring and early summer, small to moderate Class I-III rapids provide perfect family and novice rafting. The adventure of rafting increases while traveling down the river, through the San Juan National Forest and the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, past an historic abandoned railroad, ghost towns, old homesteads and especially Anasazi ruins. In addition to beautiful scenery, cottonwood and pine forests are home to golden eagles, deer, elk, and occasionally bears

The Taylor River begins below the Taylor Reservoir and can compare with any river in the San Juans for natural beaty. Taylor River is just a scenic 20-minute drive From Crested Butte and from Gunnison just a 10-minute drive. Frequent sightings of wildlife are along the river: bighorn sheep, hawks, elk and even the occasional bear or moose. The glacier carved canyon connects with the East River forming the headwater of the Gunnison River. For the purpose of rafting, the river has three sections: Upper, Lower and Lotis Creek. The upper section offers consistent Class III rapids and the longest whitewater experience on the river. The Lower section of the river provides exciting Class II white water rapids. Lotis Creek is filled with Class III-IV continuous rapids.

Lastly, only a few years ago, the Dolores River started receiving some consistent flow releases from McPhee reservoir. That restored rafting on the Dolores which had been cut off from water flow after drought struck Southwest Colorado in 2000. The restoration of water flow creates a white-water season from early May to early June. During this time, the rafting season even includes a few Class IV rapids. Depending on water flows rafters will be able to paddle through class II-IV rapids in a stunning river journey through the San Juan Mountains.

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