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Half-Day Family Rafting in Durango

Durango, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Float down the Lower Animas River on this family-friendly rafting trip in Durango. As you glide over the rapids with a guide, you can enjoy views of Durango from the water and take in the natural beauty south of town. Stop on the riverside for a snack, and listen to stories about the history and traditions of the region. This is a mild rafting option for ages 4 years and up. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
  • Half-day Durango rafting tour
  • Enjoy a family-friendly adventure on the Lower Animas River
  • Tackle mild rapids
  • Admire views of Durango and the surrounding scenery
  • Snacks included during the tour
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River and land access fees included
Trip Leaders average 2,000 river miles
highly maintained equipment
Round trip shuttle from main office
Free Parking
Pre-trip safety orientation
Free splash jackets and helmets (if desired)

Departure Point

50 Animas View Dr, Durango, CO 81301, USA

Me meet at the main office. Your reserved time is your meet time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour starts in either the morning or afternoon at the rafting tour office, where you'll sign a waiver form and get ready for your trip down Durango's Lower Animas River. 

After a shuttle ride to the river, listen to a safety briefing and some instructions, and then hop on your raft and hit the water. With your guide in charge of the raft, you'll paddle along, navigating the Train Bridge Rapid, Baby Smelter, and Class III Smelter Rapid.

Pull over on the riverbank for a snack of granola bars and fruit, and then continue rafting along the Sawmill, Santa Rita, and Pinball rapids, depending on the flow. Your tour ends with the shuttle ride back to the rafting office, roughly four hours after your departure time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Wet-suit and wet-suit boot rentals are highly recommended through June
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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A must do activitie
, Aug 2021
The guide made it fun and safe. We all felt 100% Comfortable in what we were doing. We also learned a lot about tge area.
Great float trip
, Aug 2021
Our guide Sam did a wonderful job. We had a great experience! We could not have asked for a better time.
Great time!
, Aug 2021
We lived our guide Josh. He was knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Will be recommending to any friends heading this way.
Guide was excellent and kids really enjoyed the adventure
, Jul 2021
Enjoyed Ryker sense of humor, scenic views and over all my kids loved so we will definitely do again next trip in.
, Jul 2021
Awesome experience. Highly recommend the rafting trip. Rode the lower Animas River. The staff was great at Mild and Wild.
Would definitely recommend for beginners
, Jul 2021
From beginning to end, Mild to Wild was on top of things. The registration, check-in, and outfitting were smooth and easy, and our guide Nickol was such an engaging and knowledgeable professional. The rafting tour itself was great for beginners like me and my family, and the stretch of River we rafted (lower Animas) had between class 1 and class 3 rapids.The entire staff made it a great experience!
Loved it!
, Jul 2021
Sam Cook was a fun, knowledgeable and experienced guide. Our fellow rafters made the experience extra special and such a good time. Highly recommend!
Silver tongue life savers
, Jun 2021
This was the absolute best trip ever! Our day started off perfect, with the nice view of our handsome guides glowing in the sun of Colorado, their beard and mustache looking like it’s been maintained by Kanye’s stylist. How do we know you ask? We couldn’t keep our eyes off of the silver tongue guides, except when we fell and were at risk of stubbing our toe while treading the rapids, outside of the raft that is. While I was expelled by the glorious raft and bobbing up and down, gasping for air, like a pool noodle that’s been well used, I thought I was a goner, BUT I WASNT, I saw that mustache, that’s right, you know which one I’m talking about, and I knew. I KNEW I was gonna be okay, I knew that Sams skills would save my life, I knew that I would be okay and my friends were fine as I was drifting away. I knew the moment I saw Dons mustache I could I grab on to it if I needed. It was his mustache that pulled me up. I’ve never loved that look more until that moment. Anyways, guys thanks for a great trip, it was the most exciting thing ever and got our adrenaline going, we did know we were safe and anyone is lucky to have you guys leading the way and keeping everyone safe! Thank you!
Great day of Family fun
, Aug 2020
This was so much fun! Sam was our Rafting guide and really made our day relaxing and exciting all at the same time. the day of the event was organized and easily explained. I will definitly do this again.
Great family adventure!
, Jun 2020
We took our family of 7, including 3 kids (ages 8-12) and two grandparents, on a half day rafting trip with Mild to Wild Adventures on the Animas River. Our guide was Jeremy and he did a great job making everyone feel comfortable and informed about the trip. We loved the beautiful scenery around us and even got to experience some exciting class 3 rapids. I highly recommend booking this adventure when you visit Durango!

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