1-Day Learn to Packraft | Animas or Dolores Rivers

Level 1+ | $225 | Tours Scheduled Daily

Learn to packraft on the Dolores River Town Run or the Animas River (4 people maximum allowed on Animas River tours due to Covid-19 regulations). Learn about packrafting gear, how to read the river, basic paddling and safety skills. Minimum two people required to run a tour. Course runs 9a.m.-5p.m. Safety gear and boats included; food, drysuit/wetsuit rentals not included. No experience necessary.

3-Day Intro to Packrafting Course

Level 2 | $1195

Tours on hold due to Covid-19 regulations. 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.

4-Day Dolores River Back-Pack-Raft Loop

Level 4 | $1395

Tours expected to run 2021, depending on 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.

Scullbinder Ranch is closed to people outside of our "community" (Montezuma and La Plata Counties) until future notice.  Tours don't include a stay at Scullbinder Ranch. However, any guest  may add a night at Scullbinder Ranch to their itinerary. Stay in a glamping tents by the Mancos River and sign up for a fully-catered, grilled-over-the-fire gourmet meal. Or, enjoy a simpler fire-cooked meal under the stars.

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.