If you’re looking for a whitewater rafting adventure in Southwest Colorado, AVA has several rafting trips to choose from in the southwest area of Colorado. While most rafters are familiar with the whitewater of the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers and Clear Creek, there are some lesser-known, but just as thrilling, whitewater rafting trips for all ages and skill levels. AVA has been providing rafting enthusiasts the most exciting, safe and affordable whitewater adventures in the area for well over a decade now, and we want to tell you a little bit about some of our southwest, Colorado whitewater rafting trips.
Animas Whitewater Rafting
The whole family can enjoy Animas River rafting near Durango as it offers a wide variety of rafting for all ages. The Lower Animas is perfect for families and beginners. You can book a half-day or full-day trip down the Class II-III Lower Animas rapids and take in all the beautiful scenery of Durango, Colorado. Your friendly, knowledgeable rafting guides will give you a history lesson as you roll through these mild rapids that even 4-year-olds can raft! If you take the full-day Lower Animas rafting trip, lunch will be provided.
For more seasoned rafters, the Upper Animas may be the best choice for you. You have to be at least 14-16 years of age (depending on the flow and time of season) to participate in the Class III-IV Upper Animas whitewater rafting trips, which are full day or overnight. The peaks of the San Juan range will astound you! The one-day Upper Animas rafting trip is 12 miles of gorgeous whitewater with a shuttle in and out on the Durango and Silverton narrow gauge railroad for easy access. You’ll hit the Class V Broken Bridge Rapid and then navigate through a number of Class IV rapids. At lunchtime, you’ll get a delicious meal and a short hike to a historic mining cabin. This Animas rafting trip just can’t be missed!
If you opt for the overnight Upper Animas River rafting trip, you will raft 24 miles of some of the best, most continuous whitewater in the country. As you head into the Animas River Canyon, you’ll raft Class III, IV and V rapids including Ten Mile and No Name.
Durango provides year-round recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. Kayaking, hiking, rafting, fishing and biking are just a few of the activities you can partake in while in Durango, and, of course Durango rafting is amazing. The Colorado Trail, spanning 500 miles to Denver, crosses seven national forests, five rivers, six wilderness areas, and eight mountain ranges. Durango is one part of southwest, Colorado that must be seen to be believed.
Dolores River Whitewater Rafting
Dolores River Whitewater rafting is an experience you’ll never forget. AVA offers 3-day, 6-day and even 10-day trips, but you have to be at least ten years old to ride these Class II-IV rapids. Plan your Dolores River rafting trip in May and June and enjoy breathtaking scenery, yummy meals, and campfire fun under the beautiful Colorado sky.
The 3-day trip is a 47-mile run for ages ten and up. The adventure starts 12 miles below the McPhee Reservoir and runs from Bradfield Launch to Slickrock. The 6-day trip follows that itinerary and then you will continue to Bedrock through 50 more miles of Class II and III rapids. The 10-day trip takes you through the entire 175-mile corridor of Dolores to the confluence of the Colorado River at Dewey Bridge. This 10-day AVA adventure is for the true rafting addict and many call it a “life-changing” adventure.
Salt River Whitewater Rafting
The Salt River in Arizona provides a truly unique rafting experience. Salt River whitewater rafting trips are one day, two days or five days, and trips run from late February to May. You must be 8-12 years of age to raft the Salt River (age depends on time of season and water levels). The one-day Salt River rafting trip will take you through Class III rapids including Baptism, Kiss and Tell and Mother Rock. Finish the day with a delicious meal after working up a huge appetite. The two-day overnight trip brings you deeper into the wilderness where you will camp, eat and sleep like a log after your exhilarating day on the Salt River. The five-day Salt River rafting trip will allow you to experience even more of the amazing scenery and camping on the sandy beaches will make for some great memories. AVA has partnered with Mild to Wild Rafting for the one and two-day trips and Wilderness Aware Rafting for the five-day adventure.
Book now to reserve your spot for the whitewater rafting adventure of your lifetime. AVA offers specials deals throughout the year, so visit our specials & packages page or contact us today!