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Telluride Rafting on the Upper San Miguel - Half Day Class III

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Exhilarating Rapids
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Splashy and fun Class II-III rapids
Wild & Scenic
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Protected by the Forest Service this free-flowing river offers pristine beauty with ample wildlife opportunities.
Beginners Welcome!
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No previous experience necessary as long as you are in good physical condition with basic swimming skills.
Highly Skilled Guides
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Our passionate and knowledgeable guides have over 2,000 river miles of experience.


Embark on a journey down the spirited San Miguel River, where every twist and turn unveils the mesmerizing landscapes of the San Juan Mountains. This Half Day Upper San Miguel Run is action packed with constant class II-III rapids. This stretch requires constant maneuvering as the river meanders down valley. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, this tour promises a splash of excitement for everyone on board. This fast-paced hands-on tour is an excellent choice for those who want an active rafting trip. Be ready to paddle along with your guide to maneuver around fun obstacles in the water. Beginner's welcome- children ages 10 years old and up weighing at least 50 lbs.
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!

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 through Spring 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
Transportation from Hotel To the meeting point
Add-Ons for Wetsuits & Water Shoes

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
Just how intense are the rapids? I'm looking for adventure but not extreme danger.
Rest assured, the tour strikes the perfect balance! The San Miguel River offers Class II-III+ rapids, from thrilling to more serene stretches. You can expect an adrenaline rush without compromising safety. Our guides are experts at tailoring the experience to the comfort levels of the group, ensuring a thrilling yet secure adventure.
Can I bring my kids on this tour?
Yes, children ages 10 and up are welcome, provided they meet the size and weight requirements. This tour mixes relaxing moments with adventure-packed rapids, so it's important for all participants to know how to swim.
What should I bring? Do I need special gear?
We've got you covered! All necessary rafting equipment is provided, including life jackets and helmets. Just bring comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure. We also have wetsuits available for rent if needed.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 10 years old
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 stretch of river and available for rental.
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

Child Rate

Adult Rate

Itinerary • 2h 30min • 5 activities

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Park your vehicle and check in for this active and splashy 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 narrow twisting waterway and take in the views of the brilliant red sandstone canyon.

1 hour 30 minutes
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Rehydrate and replenish your fuel along the riverbank of this wild and scenic river.

10 minutes
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20 minutes

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