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.
Please arrive at 4Corners Riversports (360 South Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301) at least 15 min prior to the departure of your trip. 4Corners is located just south of downtown Durango on the frontage road adjacent to Hwy 550. We are next to Big 5 Sporting Goods and across the hwy from Office Depot. Please park behind the shop where your check-in and orientation will take place. • Meet at 4 Corners Riversports in Durango for equipment fitting 15 min before departure. • Safety orientation and launch. (10 min) • Depart for 32nd Street put-in. (10 min drive) • 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)