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 Animas River. Spend the morning learning about packrafting gear and the afternoon practicing paddling skills, learning basic safety skills, how to read the river and more. Minimum two people required to run a tour. Safety gear and boats included; food, drysuit/wetsuit rentals not included. No experience necessary.

3-Day Intro to Packrafting Course | Animas 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 your own dates or sign up below. Minimum two people.

4-Day Dolores River Back-Pack-Raft Loop

Level 4 | $1395

This more traditional 4-day packrafting tour includes two+ days of packrafting and one+ days of not for the faint of heart backpacking back to the car. You don’t need a lot of packrafting experience for this tour, but paddling experience of some sort is key. You will be hiking over rough, difficult terrain. Tour availability depends on river flows. Launch dates to be announced mid-March.

Add a night at Scullbinder Ranch to your itinerary. Guests who sign up for any of our tours are welcome to camp in one of our glamping tents by the Mancos River. Groups can also 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.