* Family Rafting * Kayaks (IK) * Adventure Rafting * Durango Silverton Train
* Zip Line Tours * Rock Climbing * 4×4 Tours * Bicycle Rentals * Group Discounts
* Mesa Verde Tours * Stand Up Paddle Boards
We love what we do at Mountain Waters Rafting! MWR believes that rafting is one of the “funnest” things you can do in the whole wide world. The joy of floating down a river or being challenged by difficult whitewater has created an insatiable passion in us that we want to share with you. We’ll make it easy and fun to experience a river trip as well as enjoy any of the areas local attractions geared towards family fun: 4×4 Jeep Trail Tour, Official Raft & Rail Provider with the Durango-Silverton Train, Zip Line Tours, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental or Instruction, Mesa Verde Tours, Rock Climbing and Bicycle Rentals.
The Mountain Waters Family of guides, office staff and drivers are the key to our success in creating the he highlight of your Durango family vacation.
Kid tested and mom approved since 1981! Owners Dan & James
Family Friendly Animas River Raft Trips
A visit to Durango isn’t complete without a family friendly raft trip down the Animas River which runs right through town. Our whitewater river guides and staff are committed to making your trip safe, entertaining, informative and full of smiles! Animas River Trip Options here Animas River Inflatable Kayaks (IK’s) here.
Upper Animas Class IV or V, 1-3 day trips
Outstanding, Breathtaking, Challenging – the definition of World Class and our Adventure Raft Trips! The Upper Animas is comprised of 3 distinct stretches in its 28 mile canyon creating the opportunity to enjoy the most unique and premiere whitewater trip in Colorado suited to your experience level. 1-3 Day Upper Animas Raft Trips here.
Class IV Lower Box Piedra River
The Piedra is an ephemeral whitewater stream that offers rafting just 6 weeks a year with two distinct stretches. For families looking for more than the Animas through town check out the Class III+ Upper Box Canyon. For seasoned river rat junkies check out the Class IV Lower Box Canyon Adventure Raft Trip. Piedra options are here.
Durango-Silverton Train & Raft Packages
We are proud to have been chosen by the Historic Durango & Silverton Railroad to provide their Raft & Rail Combo
. Step back into time and ride the authentic 1882 narrow gauge steam train one way to or from Silverton. We provide the transportation in the other direction via the scenic Million Dollar San Juan Skyway. Paired with our family friendly raft trip on the Animas River. Packages here.
Money Saving “Mom Approved” Family Fun Value Packages!
All Mountain Waters excursions can be reserved individually or as a package.
You will save 10% on our package pricing!
Our packages can also be broken up over multiple days to fit your schedule.
Zip Line trust fall!
Spend the day floating down the river and floating through the trees of Durango, Colorado! Choose a 2 or 3 hour Zip Line adventure high in the Ponderosa Pines just a mile from downtown. This is paired with our most popular raft trip, the half day ride down the Animas River through Durango. Packages here.
La Plata Canyon 4×4 “Jeep” Tours
Enjoy the high country of Colorado! We offer 4×4 “jeep” tours in the stunning La Plata Mountains just 15 miles west of Durango. Learn of the mining history and its characters while touring some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Combine the high country with the river country for a complete day of Colorado fun! Trip options here.
Pedal the Bike Trail, Paddle the River!
The Pedal and Paddle package is a “mom approved” family friendly day right in the historic heart of downtown Durango. Our office is located next to the beautiful Animas River and its traffic free 7 mile bike trail. Take a couple hours to explore the river trail by bike and combine that with one of our three launch times for the Half Day Raft Trip. Rent one of our Animas River Trail Bicycles to experience Durango’s wonderful treasure! With our free map you can put together a brewery tour or visit bike trail attractions such as the Discovery Museum, Fish Hatchery, Mini-Golf and more. Paddle & Pedal options here.
Rock Climbing just minutes from downtown!
Go from boats to ropes during this full day of river rafting and rock climbing you will not forget! Enjoy our most popular half day raft trip through town on the Animas River and then climb just 10 minutes north of town at the X-Rock climbing area. Professional, certified AMGA climbing guides will tailor the experience to your needs ensuring a rich and rewarding experience. Ropes & Boats options here.
Mountain Waters Needleton Bar & Grill
Our Upper Animas wilderness camp is poised between the Durango Silverton Train stop at Needleton and the gateway to Colorado’s largest Wilderness and its favorite access through Chicago Basin. Rent our camp to base your hiking, fishing, elk hunting or rafting/kayaking expedition. See the pride with which our guides have built this camp!
Salt River Rafting in Arizona’s Salt River Canyon offers the only commercially run class III & IV whitewater raft trip in the Sonoran Desert of the United States. This makes for truly outstanding scenery, wildlife and whitewater in a 2000′ deep canyon. Salt River Rafting offers half day, 1 day, 2 to 5 day raft trips in Arizona’s “other Grand Canyon.” Salt River Rafting llc is a short drive from Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. Saguaros, sun, scenery and splashes are guaranteed with every trip!
Our sister company on the Arkansas River near Denver, CO
Independent Whitewater is one of the first companies to run the Arkansas River and has been guiding people down the river for 30+ years. As a small family owned and operated company we have the knowledge and experience to help you pick the right trip for you. Our experienced guides love the river, love their jobs, and strive to provide the safest, most enjoyable and personalized raft trips for our guests. The Bonus Browns Canyon 1/2 day is one of the best deals on the Arkansas River and our private takeout enables us to run all the rapids on our 1/2 day trip, giving you a great value for your buck.