Charge Through Rapids or Enjoy a Relaxing River Float

With the coming of each spring, snowmelt from high in the San Juan Mountains brings increased water flows to our local rivers and adventure opportunities for rafters and kayakers alike. Enjoying this magical time of year is a must, and there is no better way to experience run-off than by boating down an exciting river!

Although rafting rivers is fun, it is also an activity that requires a high level of experience in order to safely maneuver a boat through any whitewater situation. So before you go, make sure your leader is properly versed and equipped for a variety of whitewater situations. When choosing a trip, make sure you aren’t getting in over your head. For families of first timers, Class I – III is the way to go. For experienced boaters, class III – IV makes the most sense. Note: class V ratings are unadvised unless you are a trained professional and ready for combat swimming! Have fun & don’t forget to contact your local rafting outfitter to receive the most up to date information on conditions, access, gear and guided trips.

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white water rafting near ourayPhoto Courtesy of RIGS Fly Shop

Popular Rafting Trips
(Rating the difficulty of a rapid is based on a numerical rating system called “Class,” with class I (flat-water), up to class VI (Niagara Falls).)
Uncompahgre River (Class II/III+)
Lower Gunnison River (Class II)
Gunnison River/Gunnison Gorge (Class III-IV)
San Miguel River (Class III-IV)
Animas River (Class II-V)

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