The custom safari tour is the best of both worlds. It’s a private tour with just your group (seats up to 4 people) and can be customized to meet everyone’s expectations.
Durango Jeep Tours ~ La Plata Canyon
- 2.5 Hour Scenic Waterfall's 4x4 Tour *Mild* ~ Most Popular
- Per Person (all ages) Trip Times: 10:00am 1:30pm 5:00pm
- 4-Hour Full Guided Tour (all ages) *Moderate*
- Per Person (all ages) Trip Times: 8:30am 2:00pm
- 3.5-Hour Private Tour (all ages) *Most Comfort & Customizable
- Per Person (all ages) Trip Times: 8:30am 2:00pm (Ask for a custom time)
Most Popular ~ Scenic Waterfall 4×4 Tour ~ 2.5 hours (Mild)
Fall Colors are happening from 9/14 ~ October
If you love waterfalls you will enjoy this tour. Explore the majestic La Plata Mountains and Canyon near Durango, CO at some of the canyon’s most scenic and beautiful waterfalls. This is a mild scenic tour fun for the entire family who does not want to do the full four-hour tour. We will stop at 3 unique waterfalls for plenty of photo opportunities, as we climb higher into the canyon. Our last waterfall stop is on private property accessible only to Durango Rivertrippers. This stop gets you up close to a stunning 25-30ft waterfall with some old mining structures scattered around the base. We reach around 10,000 feet above sea level and stop to take in the views. This is a great adventure for the entire family. All ages are welcome on this trip however car seats are not provided. NOTE: This tour does not go up to the top of Kennebec Pass and is a mild tour.
You will board into our “Open-Air” vehicle (however we reserve the right to take a Jeep Wrangler if needed). We will drive on the highway for approximately 20-25 minutes to the mouth of the canyon and from there we will start our tour into the canyon. It can get windy so if you get cold easily please bring a jacket or ask for one, we carry extra jackets and blankets but you may need to ask. You will also need to climb a ladder to get in the back of the vehicle. If you have mobility issues ask to ride in the cab and let us know PRIOR to your arrival. We like to say this trip is dirty, dusty, bouncy yet fun and has fantastic views.
Explore the La Plata Mountains on a Half-Day (4-Hour) Jeep Tour with exclusive private access!
Come and experience the La Plata Canyon tour also known as “Kennebec Pass”. This tour will take you up to 12,000 feet at or near the tree line. We get to see the amazing geology of how this canyon was carved out by ancient glaciers leaving the beautiful canyon along the way. We will get the chance to see wildlife such as deer, bears, marmots, birds, elk, and maybe even the elusive mountain lion. All of which have been spotted on our tours. La Plata Canyon is 20 minutes west of Durango, Colorado, and has a history of old Ghost Towns and plenty of old mines to chat about along the way. An absolute bucket list item!
When you book with Durango Rivertrippers you get access to private areas no other company can access. We can take you to our private 25-foot waterfall that sits on an old mining claim from the early 1900s. Our Jeep trail tours are the best in the area! On our Jeep Tours, you will board our “open-air” vehicle (however, we reserve the right to take a Jeep Wrangler if needed) and head into the “crown jewel” of the San Juan Mountains. Our tours are the perfect way to make the most out of your day with our half-day adventure, leaving the other half of the day for one of our many other adventures like rafting down the mighty Animas River. Book with the best and highest consumer-rated company in Durango, Co.
Our Famous “Evening Waterfall Jeep Tour ” (Previously Called The Twilight Tour)~ is approximately 2.5 hours long
Our waterfall tour has been so popular we added a 3rd time in the evening. This tour used to be called the twilight tour but we changed it to the evening waterfall tour instead. We leave at 5:00 pm (please note the launch time will change in the fall) daily and get you back in time for dinner. *This is not a sunset tour*
This is a great adventure for the entire family. All ages are welcome on this trip, however, car seats are not provided so please bring one if needed. Our Jeep tours take place on an old mountain road that is bumpy even in our Jeep Wranglers. Although we are in the evening hours this is not a sunset tour. We are in a canyon in the evening hours. You will not see the sun setting on this tour.
Custom safari tours have more freedom to spend more time in areas or less depending on what you like. We will load up our vehicle and head into the mountains where we will start our journey. Once we reach the end of the Jeep Trails we will take some more pictures in high alpine meadows and basins before heading back. Click here for the custom safari tour page.
Durango Rivertrippers LLC is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under special use permit #COL937 from the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest.
- about a 20-minute drive on the highway to the entrance to the canyon
- dirt and dust~ this is an open-air vehicle
- bumpy roads ~ This is a Jeep tour
- An experienced guide who knows the area and roads very well
- We will have extra blankets and jackets for you just in case
- Sunscreen and a hat
- Dress in layers
- A jacket all season long since we will travel to high elevations and travel on the highway
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes early
- Your guide will meet you and your group up at our location at 360 S Camino Del Rio Suite #200.
- A waiver of liability/emergency contact form will need to be completed either online prior to departure or a hard copy completed prior to departure at the pick-up location.
- Restrooms & changing areas on-site with FREE PARKING!