Back in 2019, Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours offers Dolores River trips!
This special trip is for a limited time only so plan your trip now!
Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours has been running this river since the early 1980s. The Dolores River is the longest flowing river canyon in the U.S., second only to the Grand Canyon. The Dolores is dammed at the McPhee Reservoir. Every few years, limited releases provide access to the waterways. 2019 is one of those years – so take advantage of this rare opportunity and sign up for a whitewater rafting trip today!
Flowing through unspoiled scenery, the Dolores offers beautiful views of red sandstone cliffs and towering ponderosa pines. This one-of-a-kind rafting tour traverses multiple landscapes, journeying through the alpines into the high desert. Along its route, you will discover ancient Anasazi ruins and the natural beauty of the Colorado wilderness, still as pristine as it was in the days of the Spanish explorers who knew the Dolores as the River of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Dolores River offers class II-IV rapids, including the infamous Snaggletooth rapid, making this run exciting for first-timers and experienced paddlers.
Whitewater Rafting Options
Ponderosa Gorge-With the Famous Snaggletooth Rapid
Class III & IV Rapids
-2 Day Ages 10+ 28 Miles (Class III & IV) Pumphouse to Slickrock
-3 Day Ages 10+ 47 Miles (Class III & IV) Bradfield to Slickrock
Join us for an exciting two- or three-day whitewater rafting trip down the beautiful Dolores River. You’ll love winding through canyons packed with ponderosa pine trees and high sandstone cliffs as you admire the gorgeous backdrop of Colorado. During this exhilarating and safe rafting trip, we’ll tackle the legendary Class IV Snaggletooth Rapid as we descend through the free-flowing Dolores River. Whether you’re up for the challenge of our 47-mile rafting trip from Bradfield to Slickrock, or you’d rather try our 28-mile trip from Pumphouse to Slickrock, the whole family will enjoy this one-of-a-kind rafting trip. As one of the best whitewater rafting trips in Durango, you’ll be telling friends and family all about this memorable excursion!
Ponderosa Gorge-No Snaggletooth Rapid
Class II & III Rapids
-1 Day Ages 10+ Bradfield Bridge to Pumphouse 19 Miles
-2 Day Ages 10+ Bradfield Bridge to Pumphouse (overnight trip) 19 Miles
If you’re looking for a fun and safe whitewater rafting trip for the whole family, you’ll love cruising down the Dolores River on our one- or two-day rafting trip. As one of America’s best rafting runs, ranking closely behind the Grand Canyon, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Colorado’s nature and wildlife. Start your rafting excursion with our Durango rafting guides as you float through the canyon admiring pink Navajo and red Wingate sandstone walls. Take in the natural beauty of the Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs as you witness a full spectrum of Colorado’s history in one of the Southwest’s best-kept secrets. Flow through the high country on one of our 19-mile whitewater rafting trips today!
- Arrive 10-15 minutes before your activity at our downtown location at 724 Main Ave
- PARKING- If on an activity longer than 3 hours then we encourage you to come by our office first for a $7.50 all-day parking pass for the downtown lot.
- RESTROOMS/CHANGING- Changing Room access right next door to our location
- Commonly Asked Questions