Now Scheduling!

Sign up now for your one-day Learn to Packraft adventure on the Animas River! We’ll run them starting April 2022. Choose your own dates! 2+ people required for standard rates.

  • April 22-24: 3-day Learn to Packraft, with one training day on the Animas and an overnight on the San Miguel and Dolores rivers.
  • May 26-30 & June 15-19: 5-day Learn to Packraft, with two training days on the Animas and a three-day wilderness tour on the San Miguel and Dolores rivers.

Email us for details or to sign up. Deposit required to hold space. Eight max. Food, permits, open packrafts, PFDs, paddles, helmets included.

Intro to Packrafting | Dolores & San Miguel Rivers

Level 2 | $365 Per Day

Turn the blue lines on maps into trails and acquire skills to embark on your own packraft trip. You’ll spend one to three nights on the river and paddle Class I to III. You must be fit and have basic backcountry skills to do this tour. We’ll teach you what you need to know to enhance your existing backcountry skill set. We won’t set up your tent or cook your meals. You must be self-sufficient in the backcountry.  Read The Radavist article about this adventure. Tours run April-early July (depending on flows). Email us for details.

Photos in video by John Watson.

Packrafting the Animas River

Intro or Advanced Packraft Course | Animas or Dolores Rivers

Level 1-3 | $225-$450 PP | Tours Scheduled Daily

Intro Course: learn about packrafting gear, how to read the river, basic paddling and safety skills and more. No experience necessary. Open Alpacka Classic packraft (not a whitewater boat), paddle and PFD provided. Course runs about four hours.

Advanced Course: learn to catch eddies, self rescue, run whitewater and more. Guests need to rent or own whitewater packraft equipment to take an advanced course, as whitewater boats are not included. Course runs six to eight hours.

Food is not included for day courses. Schedule your tour today!

4-Day Traditional Packrafting on the Dolores River

Level 4 | $365 Per Day

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. We can only run this trip during a good snow year, when water is released from McPhee Reservoir into the River. Email us for details.

The Dolores River packrafting Tour

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

Planning on camping or staying in a glamping tent the night before or after your tour? Check in is at 3p.m. For more info about our camping, glamping and the Scullbinder Cabin, please visit or Colorado Glamping page. Please note, camping or glamping costs extra and does not come with your tour, unless you are doing the 2.5-day Tribal Park Bikepacking Tour. Showers included. Looking for a good meal? Visit our Food & Beverage page. Please also note PFDs, paddles, helmets, and open Alpacka Classics (these are not whitewater boats) are included with all packrafting and bikerafting adventures. You do not get a discount if you have your own gear. We simply offer the gear as a courtesy. We will be renting dry suits starting spring 2021.