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    Durango, Colorado

Flexible Flyers during COVID-19

Flexible Flyers has been providing whitewater adventures on the Animas River in Durango since 1983. Due to COVID-19, and our concern for the safety of our patrons and dedicated employees, we have temporarily suspended our guided rafting trips. When this situation changes, we will, once again, be providing the most fun and safe rafting adventures in Southwest Colorado. We're family, and family takes care of each other. But we're FLEXIBLE!

We will be providing tube rentals for your enjoyment of the river as soon as the water level drops to a safe level--and that will be soon! Tubes can also be rented for use on our wonderful local lakes such as Nighthorse, Vallecito, Lemon, Navajo, etc. Tubing is great fun! Let's all be flexible and help each other through this. The gorgeous Animas River and our great outdoors is still ours to enjoy, and the Flexible Flyers Family is here to help you maximize your adventure. Stay safe, have fun, and stay Flexible!

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Flexible Flyers in Durango Colorado

Since 1983 Flexible Flyers Rafting has offered rapid thrill river rafting trips in Durango, CO. Ask the locals - we are the most trusted Animas River outfitting company for your floating and white water trips. With fewer flips, swims, and saves than all other local raft companies, we actually do have Durango’s most experienced and qualified guides.


Take a peak at each of the different rafting trips offered by Flexible Flyers Rafting.


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Multiple Days and Marathons

Upper Animas Adventure

One of the most amazing multi-day and day trips in the nation, the Upper Animas River, is continuous class 4 and class 5 whitewater. Choose between the overnight camping trip and the section trips which can be done in one day.


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2 hours

Historic Durango and All Lower Animas Rapids

Your trip starts on the north side of Durango. We raft through Durango’s historic downtown experiencing Class II and III rapids such as Smelters, Santa Rita Hole, and Saw Mill. The trip concludes south of town and we shuttle you back to your vehicle. Your two-hour trip is friendly for most ages depending on riverflow level.


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4 hours

Half Day on the Animas

The half-day trip is approximately four hours long, just right for the family who needs the other half of the day for sight-seeing or shopping in and around the Durango area.Your trip starts at the north side of Durango and you’ll float south to encounter whitewater ranging from Class II to III. Friends and families of all ages enjoy this trip at all water levels.


/14 & Up
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All Day

Piedra River

With continuous class 3 and 4+ white water you have the thrills of a lifetime on the free flowing Piedra River.


2 hours or full day
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Half Day or 2 Hours

Durango Tubing

$20 per tube per person for 2 hours. $30 per tube per person for all day.


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All Day

A Day on the Animas

Your full day family trip covers 18 miles of rafting on the Lower Animas River. It offers beautiful, relaxing rafting to thrilling Class III rapids. The adventure begins at the north end of Durango and continues through Southern Ute Indian land before arriving at our pickup south of town where we shuttle you back to your vehicle.


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2 hours or All Day

Inflatable Kayaks 2-Hours or Half Day

$35 for a single duckie for 2 hours. $60 for a double duckie for 2 hours. $65 for single duckie for a half day. $110 for a double duckie for a half day.
Are you ready? Book Your Rafting Adventure Today!

Information about Groups

We are happy to work out a special rate for your group. The bigger the group the better!

  • Groups of 12 or more people receive 15% off all trips
  • Groups of 15 or more 20% off all trips

From the scenic full day float and rapids to the 1 hour Animas River sampler our group rates are here to accommodate your group. With 32 years of experience we know how to show your group a good time. Bring your church, family reunion, youth group or even your geriatric group we are happy to have groups of all sizes and ages come float with us.

Meet us at our location on river at 890 Roosa Ave across the river from the Applebees by downtown Durango. We offer free and adequate RV, bus and trailer parking (please let us know when making reservation). Call in advance so that we can get you ready for some river trip fun.

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where to meet

Free Parking Free Keycheck Ample RV Parking Same location for 30 years

what to bring

Sunscreen Hats Sunglasses Set of Dry Clothes

what to wear

Water Shoes (not flip-flops) Dress to Get Wet (cotton not recommended) We provide everything else you might need Wetsuits provided at high water, booties too!

Guide Instruction Course 2019

May 13th - May 1yth plus two additional days of class IV and V rafting

Flexible Flyers Rafting has been the premier rafting company in Durango for 35 years! With the completion of this guide school, you will be CERTIFIED as a river guide anywhere in Colorado, and you will be eligible for certification in most other states. FFR guide school provides participants with 50 hours of on river training, customer service skills, leadership skills, safety, and a good outdoor skill set. You will be trained on both oar rafts and paddle rafts. This perfect 5 day course will qualify you for one of the best jobs the summer could offer. Upon the completion of guide school, your instructors will take you on a two day trip on rivers of class IV and V! Flexible Flyers Rafting has a 100% success rate of getting guides jobs on the river. Join our team and experience the adventure of a lifetime.


 – Great for anyone who would like to become a guide and spend their work time on the water or private boaters wanting to learn basic and more advanced skills.

 – Customer service

 – 50 hours of on river training

 – Reading rivers

 – River rescue

 – Raft rigging

 – Rowing rafts

 – Paddle rafting

 – River safety

 – Customer service

 – Raft recovery

 – Perfect for the private boater just getting started or wanting to have more knowledge of reading and running rivers

 – All instructors are state certified and have been guiding and teaching for yearsEnd class with type III Colorado State Certification

 – Know you will always be able to guide and navigate a river.


Cost: FREE upon signing a contract with Flexible Flryers rafting. $425.00 without contract.

Payment: due at the time of sign-upCancellation: 14 days prior to start of guide school

Dates: May 13th – May17th plus two days of class IV and V

Space is limited and we have been filling up fast so feel free to call 970-247-4628 or email flexibleflyersrafting@gmail.com

Flexible Flyers looks forward to showing you our passion for the outdoors and the rivers! Call soon. 

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