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Telluride River Rafting

The great outdoors of Colorado and its beautiful four-seasons scenery are not to be missed. While the white-capped mountains of winter are exhilarating for snow sports enthusiasts, others find thrills in the months without snow, including activities like hiking, biking, and river rafting. Read to see how you can make the most of Telluride river rafting journey!


Telluride river rafting trips take you along the waters for the San Miguel River. The Upper river is full of Class III and higher rapids the experienced rafting thrill-seeker will love. Rafters of the Lower river will encounter Class II and Class III rapids throughout the whitewater journey. Launch spots may include Deep Creek, Specie Creek, the San Juan Skyway, and others depending on the tour you choose.


Tour companies typically provide safety gear including life jackets and helmets. Rafts are six-person rafts, and each person will have their own paddle. Sun gear is a must, including sunscreen and sunglasses, wet suits or long sleeve shirts and pants, and “river booties” are also recommended. For journeys that include overnight camping, rental gear may be available from the company if you don’t have your own, and there are other camping gear rental companies around that have what you’ll need. Make sure to pack valuables in a dry bag or leave them at your accommodations.

Age Restrictions

Rafting is a fun and exciting sport like many of the other outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. Depending on the tour company you book, age restrictions vary. Some allow children as young as six, while others prefer children to be eight or ten before tackling their first Telluride white water rafting adventure, and even older if the group has plans for the upper section of the San Miguel.


Along with life jackets and helmets, companies offering river rafting trips to the residents and guests of Telluride make safety a number one goal. Rapids in the Class II and Class III categories are fun, but the experience also means rafters may encounter some “swim potential” and contact with the water, especially on the faster and narrower waterways. They also ask that guests who are sick or have symptoms to re-book their adventure.

River Ride in Telluride

As you plan your Telluride river rafting adventures, don’t forget to book a vacation rental with Vacation Telluride as your home base. Choose from a cozy one-bedroom for you and your favorite rafting buddy, all the way up to a five-bedroom unit for a large group paddling excursion. If you’re not tired from plenty of fresh mountain air and sun, make a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. After the meal, stretch out and relax tired muscles in a private bedroom or open living space, or enjoy a little more sun in a private outdoor space. There’s something right for you and your Colorado rafting adventure.

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