Intro or Advanced Packraft Course | Animas River
Level 1-3 | $225-$325 | Tours Scheduled Daily
Intro course: Learn about packrafting gear, how to read the river, basic paddling and safety skills and more. No experience necessary. Boat, paddle, PFD provided. Course runs 4-6 hours.
Advanced course: learn to catch eddies, self rescue, run whitewater and more. Guests should have their own gear. Course runs a full day. Food, drysuit/wetsuit rentals not included on any day courses.
3-Day Intro to Packrafting Course | Dolores River
Level 2 | $1195
Turn the blue lines on maps into trails and acquire skills to embark on your own packraft trip. You'll spend two nights on the river and paddle up to Class II+. You must be fit and have basic backcountry skills to do this tour. We'll teach you skills to enhance your existing backcountry skill set. We will not set up your tent for you. Schedule dates for you and your group. Minimum two people. Tours run spring only.
4-Day Dolores River Back-Pack-Raft Loop
Level 4 | $1395
Tours expected to resume spring 2021, depending on river flows. This "traditional" 4-day packrafting tour includes two+ days of packrafting and one+ days of backpacking over rough, difficult terrain. You don’t need specific packrafting experience, but some paddling skills (in any kind of boat) would help. The Level 4 rating reflects the mileage you will boat and hike, rather than the technical nature of the water.
Multi-day tours in Colorado include the night before camping at Scullbinder Ranch. Please plan to arrive between 5-8p.m. if you want to stay at the Ranch. Food is not included, but pay an extra $35 for dinner and breakfast. Or, stay in a comfy bed in one of our glamping tents at $150 per tent, per night, and/or sign up for a fully-catered, grilled-over-the-fire gourmet meal.
About Our Multi-Day Learn to Packraft Tours
We base our tours on confidence and skill progression. We start slow and push you a little harder as we go, tailoring the experience to your own personal abilities. Learn: ✓How to pack light for backcountry packraft adventures; ✓Equipment (use and care); ✓Field repair–tips & tricks; ✓Swimming and general water confidence; ✓Self-rescue & buddy assistance; ✓Dealing with currents; ✓Swift water entry; ✓Aggressive & defensive swimming position; ✓Decision making; ✓Hazards & river dynamics; ✓Basic paddle strokes; ✓Using eddies
Our multi-day tours are *NOT* for people with zero experience in the backcountry. You must have basic backcountry skills and a level of fitness that allows you to be out in the backcountry for multiple days.