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Telluride Rafting On The Lower San Miguel - Half Day Class II

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Beginners Welcome!
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No previous experience necessary as long as you are in good physical condition with basic swimming skills.
Wild & Scenic
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Protected by the Forest Service this free-flowing river offers pristine beauty with ample wildlife opportunities.
Safety First
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Paddle with expert guides as they safely navigate you down the river. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides have over 2,000 river miles of experience.
Afternoon Tour
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This Half Day Tour allows plenty of time for a morning activity


This Afternoon Half Day Lower San Miguel Run is active and fun for the whole family with constant class II rapids. As the canyon opens up, the Lower stretch of the San Miguel River offers a scenic and more mild rafting experience than the upper stretch. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, this tour caters to all skill levels, promising a splash of excitement for everyone on board making it an excellent choice for families- ages 8 years old and up weighing at least 50 lbs. 
Designated a wild and scenic river, this free-flowing river has a diverse eco-system where the alpine melds into desert offering abundant wildlife opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, eagles, osprey, other birds of prey, and sociable river otters. 
With our expert guides ensuring your safety throughout the journey, rafting on the San Miguel offers a mix of thrills and serenity you won't find anywhere else. Join us for a half day of splashy fun amidst in the beautiful San Miguel river. Don't miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary experience – secure your spot today!

Looking For More Options?

Prefer more exciting rapids or looking to paddle around a serene lake? Here are more options to choose from: Check out the Upper San Miguel Class III Tour or an Alpine Lake Paddleboard Tour

Other Important Info

* Our meet location at Caddis Flats is about 30 minutes from Telluride and is out of service range. Be sure to save your directions in advance!
* Wetsuits are required on this trip. We have rentals available!
*  Wear your swimsuit under your clothes when you show up. There are no actual changing rooms at Caddis Flats.
* If you are rafting in May or June, bring extra layers of fleece or polypropylene for warmth. Wool socks under the wetsuit boots also help keep you warmer.

What's Included

Helmet & PFD (Lifejacket)
Knowledgeable & Experienced Guide
Transportation from your accommodations to the meeting point
Optional Gratuities (cell service is limited so cash is preferred over venmo)
Wetsuits required & available as an add-on

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to raft the San Miguel?

The San Miguel River has a very short season— usually around 6 weeks from June to July. We recommend going as early as possible when the flows are at their peak, usually the first couple weeks of June.

Is rafting on the San Miguel River suitable for beginners?

Absolutely! Our expert guides provide a comprehensive safety briefing before the adventure begins, ensuring that both beginners and seasoned rafters feel confident and secure. The tour is designed to cater to all skill levels, offering a perfect blend of excitement and accessibility - perfect for the whole family.

What should I bring? Do I need special rafting gear?

We've got you covered! All necessary rafting equipment is provided, including life jackets and helmets. Wear your swimsuit underneath your change of clothing. Bring watershoes, secure sandals with heel straps, or sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet (no flip flops or crocs), quick to dry clothing (avoid cotton), warm layers, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure. The water can be chilly- we recommend adding on a wetsuit and neoprene booties for a more comfortable experience.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 8 years old • Minimum Weight: 50 lbs
This is a hands-on paddling trip! Be ready to navigate with your guide to get down river. Basic swimming skills necessary.
Season runs from late May - early July with peak high water flows typically in June. Wetsuits are required for this river and available to rent as an add-on.
Your tour costs are refundable if canceled at least 48 hours before the tour departure. If booking using the Book Now, Pay Later option, the 5% deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Quick Facts



2h 30min

Adult Rate

Child Rate

Itinerary • 2h 30min • 4 activities

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Park your vehicle and check into this scenic and fun stretch of the San Miguel River.

10 minutes
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Change into your splash gear and get the safety instruction from your expert-friendly guide.

20 minutes
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Paddle into this scenic alpine waterway and take in the views of the brilliant red sandstone canyon.

1 hour 30 minutes
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30 minutes

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