Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem

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Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem

Unique journey tests boaters’ skills, rewards with adventure
The Upper Animas River is known for its almost 30 miles of continuous Class IV/V rapids, which require the most skilled guides. The season on the Upper Animas begins in May, takes a hiatus during high water, then resumes in late June.
Commercial rafting trips on the Upper Animas began in the 1980s but have evolved over the years. Local companies have shifted toward a more cautious approach for boater safety and schedule trips based on water levels.
Trips on the Upper Animas offer a unique experience: a ride on an 1880s steam train to arrive in a remote area on the edge of Colorado’s largest wilderness, then a trip through world-class rapids.
Mountain Waters Rafting is the remaining original company of the group that established the first commercial trips on the Upper Animas River in the 1980s. Today, Mountain Waters requires clients to be in shape, able to swim and have rafting experience if they want to brave the rapids of the Upper Animas.
Among locals, the stretches of the Upper Animas remain a hidden gem. Because of its relative inaccessibility and difficulty, the section of the river is largely overlooked in the rafting world.
User days on the Upper Animas reached almost 700 clients in 2014 as the Upper Animas becomes a more sought-after destination for those who wish to experience world-class rapids.

Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem

The Upper Animas River is known for its almost 30 miles of continuous Class IV/V rapids, which require the most skilled guides. The season on the Upper Animas begins in May, takes a hiatus during high water, then resumes in late June.
Commercial rafting trips on the Upper Animas began in the 1980s but have evolved over the years. Local companies have shifted toward a more cautious approach for boater safety and schedule trips based on water levels.
Trips on the Upper Animas offer a unique experience: a ride on an 1880s steam train to arrive in a remote area on the edge of Colorado’s largest wilderness, then a trip through world-class rapids.
Mountain Waters Rafting is the remaining original company of the group that established the first commercial trips on the Upper Animas River in the 1980s. Today, Mountain Waters requires clients to be in shape, able to swim and have rafting experience if they want to brave the rapids of the Upper Animas.
Among locals, the stretches of the Upper Animas remain a hidden gem. Because of its relative inaccessibility and difficulty, the section of the river is largely overlooked in the rafting world.
User days on the Upper Animas reached almost 700 clients in 2014 as the Upper Animas becomes a more sought-after destination for those who wish to experience world-class rapids.
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