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Pagosa Springs Town Run


Starting at $52.00
1.5 hours  total time.

  • Season: April through July

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours  

  • Difficulty: Beginner                      

  • Class: II-III

  • Times: Morning and afternoon departures 

  • Requirements (varies):

    •  >50 pounds 

    • minimum age of 5​​​​

  • Pagosa Springs Town Run is a great introductory run through the heart of the white water park in downtown Pagosa Springs. A family favorite, this rafting excursion is perfect for all ages! Ride the rapids and get your feet wet in the exciting world of rafting.

  • ALL rafting gear is included in price.

Eight Mile Mesa Run

  • Season: April through July

  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours

  • Difficulty: Beginner         

  • Class: II-III                                            

  • Times: Morning and afternoon departures

  • Requirements (varies): 

    • greater than 60 pounds

    • minimum age of 6

  • Eight Mile Mesa is approximately 15.5 miles beginning in the white water park of downtown Pagosa Springs. This trip takes about 4 hours with a snack break about halfway through. After the break, rafters enjoy a leisurely float before finishing off their adventure with an exciting rapid known as Llama Falls. This is the perfect family excursion for those who have a little more time and adventure to spend. 

Custom Raft Trips


Price varies
Trip length varies

Would you like to take your adventure to the next level? Let Pagosa Rafting Adventures custom plan your unique rafting experience. From custom day to trips to overnight trips have an experience that is your very own. 

Starting at $90.00
4 hours

Explore by Water


Explore the best of Pagosa Springs by way of water. The San Juan River is one of the most scenic stretches of water in the country. Splashy, fun rapids and plenty of wildlife viewing make this a great experience for the entire family.


Curious about white water rafting?


White water rafting describes the recreational sport where an inflatable raft is used to navigate varying difficulties of water. Rafts can be maneuvered using oars or paddles. Rafts are typically made with nylon or Kevlar-infused plastics. Rapids are classified by the International Scale of River Difficulty, which ranges from Class I which is flat, easy slow-moving water to Class V which intense drops, large waves, large volumes with an increased need for precise maneuvering. Also taken into consideration when classifying rapids is downriver consequence and accessibility of the location. Here is further information regarding river rapid classification. Class VI rapids are considered unsafe to navigate.


Class I- Flatwater, little need for maneuvering, may need to paddle to move through the slack water.

Class II-Some rough water, small rocks. Minimal paddling to maneuver required.


Class III-Whitewater, small waves, small drops, significant paddling to maneuver required.


Class IV- Whitewater, medium waves, medium volume maybe rocks, possible considerable drops, downriver consequence may be present (continuing rapids), possible remote location. Intense paddling and sharp maneuvers are required.


Class V- Whitewater, large waves, large volume, likely large rocks, hazards, and drops. Likelihood of increased down river consequence present, possible remote location. Precise strong paddling for maneuvers required.


Class VI- Considered too dangerous to navigate. Substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, substantial drops with severe impacts. NOT SAFE UNLESS YOU HAVE FULL MASTERY OF RATING, even then not considered safe.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours prior to your departure and your adventure will be refunded minus a $25.00 cancellation fee per person.

  • Cancellations within 48 hours of your departure will NOT be refunded.

 ​Release forms. A release form must be signed for each participant. Release forms can be found here. 

  • F.A.Q's

  • Do I need to swim? 

    • It is unlikely that you will fall in the river and swim, however, basic swimming ability is required.

  • What do I need to wear? 

    • Be prepared to be wet: swimsuit or fast drying clothes, secure shoes that can get wet flip-flops not acceptable, hat for sun protection, splash gear, and life jackets are provided.

  • What do I need to bring? 

    • Water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses with strap.

  • What should I leave at Adventure Basecamp? 

    • Phones, Jewelry, wallets, car keys.

  • How do I decide which rafting adventure to take?

    • Family Adventures: Pagosa Town run, 8 Mile Mesa run.

    • Adventure Seekers: West Fork, Piedra, Rio Grande Box (these are custom trips).

  • When should I raft?

    • May, June, and the first part of July. Peak flows occur in late May and early June, while the water is still cold, this is the best time for white water thrills. Mid-July and August are warmer, but the water level is much lower. Once the river drops below 400cfs rafting closes and tubing is open.

  • Should I book ahead? 

    • Undoubtedly, yes. Raft trips fill up quickly and space is limited. Online reservations are the easiest to make. Typically we open reservations in March, however, if you are planning your trip now give us a call and we can schedule you tentatively, then once official reservations are open we will give you a callback and book.

  • What time should I arrive at Pagosa Adventure Basecamp? 

    • We request that you arrive 15 minutes before your departure time for check-in, preparation, and life jacket fitting.

  • Should I tip? 

    • If your guide has done a great job at making your adventure an experience you will never forget please tip!

  • Can minors raft? 

    • Yes, however, minors need a specific release signed by their parents. If a minor is accompanying your party without their parents a signed waiver from their parents must be present.​

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