Animas Whitewater Rafting – Lower River

Description and Trips

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Lower Animas River White Water Rafting Description:

Closer to Durango, this is section is quite popular and offers a variety of shorter trips. Float past mining ruins while enjoying the milder class III rapids.

Recommended For: Everyone, especially families with kids.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on The Lower Animas River:

Trip Name Sections Included Outfitter Trip Info
1/4, Half & Full Day Lower Animas Mild to Wild Rafting mild2wildrafting.com; 800.567.6745

Section Details

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Lower Animas River White Water Rafting Details:

• Difficulty: Class III    What does this mean?

Class I: Easy. Mostly flat, slow moving water with the occasional
small wave. Clear passages and no severe obstacles.
Class II: Mild. Small rapids, low in difficulty with clear passages
and a few minor obstacles.
Class III: Moderate. Numerous, medium sized waves. Clear, narrow passages requiring maneuvering. Rapids with rocks, creating some severe obstacles.
Class IV: Difficult. Rapids are long, with powerful waves and rocks creating potentially dangerous hazards. Precise maneuvering through narrow and/or rock-choked passages.
Class V: Extreme. Difficult, long and violent rapids, close together in distance. Big, powerful drops, along a steep gradient through forceful currents. Pinpoint precision maneuvering through tight passages and around frequent severe obstacles.
Class VI:Considered unrunnable! Do not attempt. Waterfalls and other unavoidable life-threatening hazards.

• Elevation: 6374′ to 6358′
• Avg. Gradient: 17.1′ per mile

Baker’s Bridge to Trimble Lane 6.0
Trimble Lane to 32nd Street 10.0
32nd Street to 9th Street 2.0
9th Street to Four Corners River Sports 2.0
Four Corners River Sports to High Bridge 2.5

Area Map

Lower Animas River Map

It is forcast to be Clear at 7:00 PM MDT on March 17, 2017



GPS Coordinates to Lower Animas River Access Points:

  • Baker’s Bridge Access: 37.458713,-107.799354
  • Trimble Lane Access: 37.385606,-107.837173
  • 32nd Street Access: 37.301376,-107.867294
  • 9nd Street Access: 37.274428,-107.885184
  • Four Corners River Sports Access: 37.249256, -107.873098
  • High Bridge Access: 37.22041,-107.860519

Cities Near the Lower Animas Section:

  • Durango, Cortez, Silverton & Farmington, NM

Note that the above coordinates provide a point nearest the access point, and may or may not provide accurate directions when used as a starting or ending point as many of them do not have an address associated with them.

Animas River Rafting – Lower Animas Section Access Points:

Self-Guided Info

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Information for Animas River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Animas River is in the San Juan National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Columbine Ranger District
    367 Pearl Street, Po Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122
    970.884.1404 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan


  • At this time we are still collecting information on shuttle services for the Lower Animas River.