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Upper Animas River


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Complete with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains, epic and continuous rapids, and accompanied by the historic Durango-Silverton Railroad, the Upper Animas is the longest class IV-V trip in the United States.

Recommended For: Experienced rafters.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on The Upper Animas River:

Trip Name: Full, 2 & 3 Day
Sections Included: Upper Animas
Outfitter: Mild to Wild Rafting
Learn More: ~ 800.567.6745

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Animas River. Information regarding the Animas River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

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Upper Animas River White Water Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class IV-V (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 9219′ to 7090′
Average Gradient: 79.4′ per mile

Access to Access

Silverton to Tacoma Powerplant: 24.2 miles
Tacoma Powerplant to Rockwood Railyard: 2.6 miles
Total Mileage: 26.8 miles



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Animas River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Animas River is in the San Juan National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Columbine Ranger District
    367 Pearl Street, Po Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122
    970.884.1404 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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