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Sign up for one of our Scheduled Courses. Groups of three+ may schedule private courses at any time. Please email us with your inquiries. Visit our Instructional Courses – Packrafting page for more information about our instructors and the skills you will learn.

2.5-Day Packrafting The Dirty Devil

Level 1 | $975

The perfect packrafting course for the whole family. This river has one fun rapid, but lots of scenic, winding canyons. Though ephemeral, the river runs high enough to packraft winter to early spring. Expect warm days and cold desert nights under a starry sky where you’re sure to see the Milky Way. You must have backcountry skills to do this trip. Sign up for our March adventure now! Or email us to schedule a trip for your small group. Add a bikerafting component by extending your trip one one of our Lake Powell loops.

Beginner Packrafting Courses

Level 1 & 2 | Various prices.

Turn the blue lines on maps into trails and acquire the packrafting skills you need to embark on your own adventure. You’ll learn basic paddle and river reading techniques on the Animas, San Miguel and/or Dolores rivers. You’ll paddle on up to Class II rapids. You must be fit and self sufficient in the backcountry to take the multi-day courses. We’ll teach you what you need to know to enhance your existing backcountry skill set. Read The Radavist article about this course. Courses run late April through July, river flows dependent. We will run two-day Learn to Packraft Courses through May. Visit our Calendar of Scheduled Tours.

Photos in video by John Watson.

Packrafting the Animas River
intermediate packrafting course

Intm Packrafting Courses


Do you know how to read rivers and catch eddies, but you just can’t quite figure out surfing or ferrying? Do you want to safely take your newbie friends on an overnight adventure? Not quite sure where to start when planning your first expedition? Our Intermediate courses will get you to that next level. Sign up today!

Intm. Packrafting Courses


Do you run Class III and sometimes even Class IV, but you’re not 100% comfortable? Do you want to hone your safety skills, advance your paddling skills and really understand group dynamics on wild rivers? If so, this is the course for you. We’ll run one per year. This year’s course happens May 10-14. Click here for more info.

4-Day Traditional Packrafting on the Dolores River

Level 4 | $395 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

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. 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.