The Upper Animas Silverton Section Full-Day Rafting Trip

Water Sports in Silverton

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5 out of 5

Tour description provided by Viator

Triumph over non-stop Colorado whitewater rafting on continuous Class II and III rapids with intermittent Class IV and two Class V rapids on the Upper Animas River. Experience views of 14,000 ft peaks around you while creeks and streams cascade into the river as you continuously paddle. Your trip begins near Silverton, Colorado and ends with a ride on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. At high water, many consider this river to be one of the most difficult commercially run trip in the US.
On the evening prior you will check into the main office at 5:15pm to get fitted for your thermal wet-suit gear and go on the orientation raft trip where you will take your practice swim in a Class II+ to III+ rapid.On the day of the trip, you will meet at the main office early in the morning. You will then take a shuttle to Silverton, Colorado via the Million Dollar Skyway. Here you will suit up for your river trip. Thermal wet-suits and booties are required all season and are included in the price. You are now ready to hit the river. Begin through “Animas Gorge” – continuous Class III rapids. Scout and run your first Class V of the day, “Ten Mile” rapid. Take a break for a delicious deli-style, riverside lunch. Return to the river for more continuous Class III rapids after lunch. Scout “No Name” rapid and brazen it, if you dare. Adventure more continuous Class III rapids. Arrive at Needleton Camp, take out & de-rig boats for the Durango & Silverton Train. You will board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train and unwind as you take in the sights of the Rockwood Gorge. Arrive at the Rockwood Station, and catch the shuttle back to Durango. Return the main office in the early evening.

What’s included

  • All activities including the bus ride up, the train ride to the Rockwood Station, and bus back to the main office
  • Pre-trip on-river orientation (5:15 night prior- bonus raft trip and practice swim eve prior to your trip- Forest Service Requirement, lasts 1.5-2 hours)
  • Highly trained and experienced guides with trip leaders averaging 5,000 river miles
  • Low guest to guide ration, an average of 4 customers to a guide
  • Free helmet and Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device
  • Additional Safety Boater for every 2 boats of customers
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges. Extra thick wetsuits (5mm), booties, gloves, and skull caps rental included in pricing.
  • Lunch

What’s not included

  • Gratuities


  • Lunch included
  • Rail Tour
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included