Lower Animas Family Rafting

No trip to Durango is complete without a float down the Lower Animas.  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.


Lower Animas River Trips are offered April thru September
Durango Express
$33/adult, $25/child
(11 and under)
9:00am, 11:15am, 1:30pm
5:00pm (by request)
approx 1-1.5 hours on the water

10% OFF 10-20
15% OFF 20-30
Half Day
$50/adult, $40/child
(11 and under)
9:00am, 1:30pm
approx 2.5-3 hours on the water
Snack includes lemonade, fruit, crackers, meat and cheese

10% OFF 10-20
15% OFF 20-30


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. There is an additional cost of $10 for single kayaks and $15 for two person kayaks.

Inflatable kayaking in Durango



  • Meet at 4 Corners Riversports 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 at 4 Corners Riversports. (5 min)