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Durango & Cortez Outposts

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Cortez & Durango Rafting Outpost

Come discover a different side of Colorado in Durango! Whether you are looking for the perfect place to spend some quality time with the family or a heart pounding whitewater adventure, Durango has it all! This small southwest town is often referred to as Colorado’s year-round outdoor playground. 

Enjoy spring and summer hikes through fields of Colorado wildflowers, mountain bike endless miles of Colorado bike trails and raft the waters of the stunning Animas River.

AVA has created the ultimate way to experience the rich beauty and breathtaking views of Durango, with whitewater rafting the Animas River.

Full-day, half-day and overnight rafting trips nestled between Pagosa Springs and Cortez provide scenery and excitement.  For the ultimate wilderness getaway, AVA offers 3-day, 6-day, and 10-day trips on the remote Dolores River.

Top Durango attractions:

  • Whitewater rafting the Animas River
  • Mesa Verde National Park( about an hour away)
  • San Juan National Forrest
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Bar D Chuckwagon
  • Vallecito Lake
  • Fishing, biking, hiking, horseback riding
  • Drive along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway
  • Trimble Natural Hot Springs

Top Cortez attractions:

  • Whitewater rafting the Dolores River
  • 30 Minutes from the Four Corners Monument!
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Ute Tribal Park
  • Anasazi Heritage Center
  • Hiking, biking, and fishing

Rafting isn’t the only thing Durango has to offer you! Visit the Mesa Verde National Park or a take a step back in time on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Or relax at the Trimble Natural Hot Springs, or take a swim in Vallecito Lake or Lemon Lake! Looking for some nightly entertainment?

Check out Bar D Chuckwagon, the perfect place for dinner and a show! Whether you’re exploring the scenic San Juan National Forest or discovering what historic downtown has waiting Durango is sure to satisfy any Colorado traveler!

Just under an hour from Durango sits the quiet Colorado town of Cortez. This small southwestern Colorado town sits between glorious deserts and majestic mountains. Here AVA provides the perfect way to explore this archaeological heartland while whitewater rafting the Dolores River.

Flowing more than 200 miles throughout southwestern Colorado the Dolores River is perfect way to experience Cortez! Fun filled multi-day whitewater rafting trips right in the heart of this historic desert town.

Though rafting the Dolores River isn’t all Cortez has to discover! Visit the Four Corners Monument, just 30 short minutes away, or explore the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people in the Mesa Verde National Park. With so much natural beauty Cortez is the perfect way to spend any Colorado vacation.

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Durango & Cortez Outposts

Salt River Full Day

Full Day • Salt River
Intermediate Rapids, age 8+
Location: near Globe, AZ

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Duration

Trip Time: 5 hrs
Water Time: 4 hrs

Difficulty

Intermediate Whitewater

Price

$119.00


Upper Animas Full Day

Full Day Rafting
Animas River • SW CO
Advanced - Advanced+ Rafting
Meet Location: Durango, CO

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Duration

Trip Time: 9 hrs
Water Time: 5 hrs

Difficulty

Advanced Whitewater

Price

$292.85


Lower Animas Half Day

1/2 day • Animas River Rafting
Southwest Colorado • min age 4
Family/Begninner Rafting
Location: Durango, CO

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Duration

Trip Time: 4 hrs
Water Time: 3 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$57.00


Lower Animas Full Day

Full Day Rafting • Animas River
Southwest CO • min age 4
Beginner Family Rafting
Location: Durango, CO

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Duration

Trip Time: 9 hrs
Water Time: 5 hrs

Difficulty

Beginner Whitewater

Price

$89.00