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Huge Snow Pack!

2019 is going to be an incredible year for rafting in Durango! We are already at 100% of snowpack for the year and still have 2 more months to reach our historic peak snowpack totals. This is a far cry from last winter where we only received 50% of historical snowpack. What does this mean?? ….Huge splashes and long season for an Animas rafting .

With all this snow the San Juan Mountains have seen a ton of avalanche activity. Here’s photo I took in Telluride on Febuary 23.  I just happened to be at the right place at the right to see this avalanche occur.  This is the headwaters of our San Miguel river trips. Luckily I was a safe distance away.



Stay tuned for more updates as the the river season approaches.

3 Activities to Enjoy When You Visit the Southwest For the First Time

If you’re visiting the Southwest United States for the first time, there are countless opportunities to have fun. In fact, adrenaline seekers from far and wide can’t help but visit Colorado for the best in thrills, sights, and outdoor activities.

If you’re visiting the Southwest for the first time, don’t hesitate to try these wild activities to get your blood pumping.

1. Ziplining

Sightseeing should be on the top of your itinerary when you visit the beautiful Southwest. With an abundance of mountains, deserts, and forests, opting for a zipline tour is fun for the whole family.

There’s no beating the pristine beauty of the Southwest. If you’re looking for the perfect family trip but still hope to get a rush of adrenaline, a zipline course cannot be beaten.

2. ATV tours

A guided ATV tour is the perfect combination of excitement and intrigue when you hope to explore the Southwest. Get down and dirty with expert instructors who can lead you on some of the toughest courses around. Traverse hills, valleys, and discover the natural beauty of the Southwest on well-kept ATV trails.

This activity might seem like a boring car ride, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. As you navigate rough terrain, this highly physical activity will burn calories as you pivot and persevere through the trail. You’ll also get a healthy dose of adrenaline as you ride, ridding your body of toxic stress in the process. Just be sure to stop and snap a few photos between the rushes of fun.

3. White water rafting

White water rafting trips are one of the most satisfying experiences you can hope to have in the Southwest. Not only are raft trips exciting, but they will also provide a harrowing challenge to overcome. It will make you feel on top of the world when you’re done, especially if you’ve never engaged in whitewater rafting along the Durango River.

Choose among the six classes of difficulty to get the most out of your white water rafting experience. This highly-active sport is one of the best vacation activities for experienced thrill-seekers.

Are you looking to experience the beauty and fun of the Southwest? Contact Rafting Durango for the best in ATV rentals, Colorado white water rafting trips, and ziplining around. We have activities for the whole family to enjoy. Contact us for more information today.

Adventures In Colorado: 5 Places To Go White Water Rafting

Colorado offers a great many outdoor activities for the discerning sportsman or woman. The soaring peaks provide ideal skiing and snowboarding conditions; the thick forests supply ample opportunity for hikes of all sizes and lengths (not to mention the numerous zipline courses and zipline tours that carry you through the treetops); and the state’s 158 rivers offer whitewater rafting trips to delight and challenge adrenaline seekers of all experience levels.

Whitewater rafting is a favorite in the Centennial State. Depending on what you’re looking for (a simple float or a thrilling adventure) you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Here are the top five rivers to go whitewater rafting on in the state of Colorado.

  • Colorado River: Unsurprisingly, the Colorado River is the state’s favorite and most famous river. Extending approximately 1,450 miles, it stretches through seven different states (and two more in Mexico) in addition to crossing through 11 national parks — you can just imagine the views.
  • Arkansas River: The versatility of this river attracts many people to it. It has every class of difficulty — Class I to Class V — depending on where you push off from. Since it’s not too far from Denver, it’s also extremely easy to access.
  • Clear Creek: Tourists tend to love Clear Creek because of its convenience — it’s located right off I-70, the popular mountain highway that leads to the ski resort towns of Vail and Breckenridge.
  • Roaring Fork River: If you’re staying in or near Aspen, this is the river for you. The top part of the river is called Slaughterhouse, a section of extreme rapids that is rarely commercially rafted.
  • Rio Grande River: Yes, that Rio Grande. The famous river begins in south-central Colorado and contains class difficulties of all levels.

Whitewater rafting is more than just a fix for adrenaline junkies; in fact, it garnered so much popularity in the 70s that it was introduced to the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. With six difficulty classes, the sport takes a lot of time and experience to master. If you’re visiting Colorado, why not find out what it’s like for yourself?