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Pagosa Springs Town Run


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pagosa springs town run overview

A short run with easy access in Pagosa Springs, this section offers lots of playful features as you travel through the Pagosa Springs Whitewater Park. After a few hours on the river, stop of and enjoy the sulfuric and soothing hot springs that flank the San Juan River in the center of town.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Pagosa Town Run – San Juan River:

Trip Name: River Bend 1/4 Day
Sections Included: Pagosa Town Run
Outfitter: Pagosa Outside
Learn More: www.pagosaoutside.com ~ 970.264.4202

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the San Juan River. Information regarding the San Juan 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!

pagosa springs town run sections

San Juan River – Pagosa Town Run Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7154′ to 7028′
Average Gradient: 31.5′ per mile

Access to Access

Riverside Campground to Hwy 160: 2.0 miles
Hwy 160 to Yamaguchi Park: 2.0 miles
Total Mileage: 4.0 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 San Juan Self-Guided Boaters:

The San Juan 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 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan

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

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