New river permits to be announced in 2022!

3-Day Packrafting Basics | various Rivers

Level 2 | $365 Per Day

Turn the blue lines on maps into trails and acquire the packrafting skills you need to embark on your own adventure. You’ll spend one day on the Animas River learning basic paddle and river reading techniques and then spend two nights on the San Miguel and Dolores rivers practicing on up to Class II rapids. You must be fit and have basic backcountry skills to take this course. 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. Courses run April through summer. Visit our Calendar of Scheduled Tours.

Photos in video by John Watson.

Packrafting the Animas River

Intro to Advanced Packrafting Courses | Animas & Dolores Rivers


Intro Course: Learn about your packraft and raft gear, basic paddle strokes, how to read the river and how to communicate on the river.

Intermediate Course: Learn advanced paddling and eddy catching skills, expand your river reading and safety skills and more.

Advanced Course with Swiftwater Rescue Certification: Hone your safety skills and advance your whitewater skills. Whitewater packrafts and gear required.

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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. 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.