Guided Whitewater Rafting
The snowmelt from the 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks that surround Telluride fill our river basin and initiate a thrilling whitewater rafting time-frame for one of the state’s last free flowing waterways. The San Miguel River swells with millions of gallons of water, providing class II-III+ whitewater.
Our local guides provide all the necessary gear and handle all the required logistics. Their professional expertise and local knowledge will ensure lasting memories and an exhilarating experience down the beautiful San Miguel. NOTE: rafting is a summer, seasonal activity and remains contingent on adequate water levels. Please contact a guide service for complete details.
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Hit the river with Telluride Outside, guiding Telluride's whitewater since 1984!
Splashy, fast and fun, the San Miguel offers terrific rafting for guests of any experience level. Running the San Miguel requires constant maneuvering and excellent teamwork. Grab a paddle and jump in the raft! Half day trips on class II-III+ water are available from late May through mid-July or early August most years. Our most popular trip launches just thirty minutes downstream from Telluride at Specie Creek and runs 9 miles to the Beaver Creek river access. This section features class II-III- whitewater, ideal for beginning and intermediate rafters, families and groups of mixed ability. Our age limit for this trip is 6 years/50lbs. Capacity per boat is 6 paddlers.
Our upper river 1/2 day trip launches near Deep Creek, just 6 miles downstream from Telluride, and runs approximately 12 miles west to our take-out site just below Placerville. At typical flows, this is more intense whitewater than the lower run, with long sections of constant class III rapids and occasional class III+ whitewater. Our age limit for the upper river is 12 years. All participants must be strong swimmers in excellent physical condition.
San Miguel rafting trips include transportation to and from Telluride, splash suits, river booties, snacks and drinks. Contact us to book or learn more!
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"It's like a 'powder day' on the river!” 2019 may be the best year in history for rafting in the Telluride region. Join us for a delightful ½ day excursion with your friends. Choose from a menu of fun action paddling or a relaxing float.
Half-Day Fun and Active | Specie Creek
Our most popular river trip! Enjoy this pristine wild and scenic lower stretch of the San Miguel River. You will travel 7.5 miles through meandering red walls with ponderosa pines, cottonwoods, aspens and constant class II and III rapids. This half day adventure, either morning or afternoon, is packed with action and fun!
Half-Day Action and Adventure | Deep Creek
This action packed class III whitewater stretch on the upper San Miguel River is a great wild and scenic adventure. Ages 12 years and older.
Full Day Rafting Adventure
Choose between Action & Adventure Deep Creek (Min age is 12) or Lively and Scenic Norwood Canyon or Historic Hanging Flume Float Trip.
All trips include wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets. View the complete list of what to wear and what to bring »
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