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Ropes & Rafts adventure combo

Rock Climbing & Rafting in Durango, Colorado

Join us on an all day adventure that takes you on the best whitewater and the best rock that Durango has to offer. Start off in the morning climbing at X-Rock, one of the area’s best crags. After a great morning of climbing you’ll, follow that up with a fun splash down the Animas River with Mild to Wild Rafting – Durango’s premier rafting company.

This is the best and most well-designed rock climbing and rafting adventure in Durango! Perfect for groups or families! No experience necessary!!

Important Details to Remember!

Rock Climbers

The Ropes & Rafts Adventure Day is jam packed with rock climbing and rafting in one full day.  There is a short break for lunch on your own between 12:15 and 1:15 prior to the start of the rafting. Please be on time and ready to have fun!

  • Ropes & Rafts trips start at 8:15
  • All trips start at our office, inside The Rock Lounge, Durango’s Climbing Gym – 1111 Camino del Rio, Durango, CO
  • Click here for a map to our office
  • It is best to arrive 10 – 15 minutes early so that we can fit rock shoes and harnesses
  • Rafting with Mild to Wild starts at 1:45 pm
  • You should be at Mild to Wild headquarters no later than 1:15 pm
  • Mild to Wild is located at 50 Animas View Dr. Durango, CO – across the street from X-Rock!

My 1/2 day rock climbing at East Animas was great. You guys run a wonderful operation. Thanks so much! - Patrick B.


Rock climbing in Durango is a great option for anyone looking for some high adventure! Perfect for those who possess little or no outdoor climbing experience, as well as those who do. Located in Durango, X-Rock is a great venue to learn the basics of rock climbing and have a lot of fun in the process. After a morning of climbing you will return to the San Juan Mountain Guides Office and have time to grab lunch on your own before meeting at Mild to Wild.

The afternoon half-day rafting trip departs at 1345. Our experienced guides go over a quick safety orientation before getting on the river. Learn some of the history of Durango as you splash through fun rapids including “Train Bridge Rapid,” “Baby Smelter” and Class III “Smelter”. We will stop half way for a riverside snack then get back on the water to finish up your rafting trip. We will, then, shuttle you back to the Mild to Wild Office where you can change back into dry clothes and check out the photos from your rafting adventure!

Rock Climbing Equipment

  • Clothes: for warm weather that will dry quickly when wet
  • Water: 2 liters or more/ person
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed-toe shoes: for the approach hike; we will provide your climbing shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Food & snacks
  • Backpack: to put all this stuff in, plus the harness, helmet, and shoes we provide you


Can you climb a ladder? Are you excited to try new things? This would be awesome for you! Age requirements dependent on water levels of the Lower Animas.

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We very much enjoyed our time in Ouray! The private 2-day climbing program was impressive. Our guide, Mark, was/is an excellent teacher. He took the time to build the skills for each of us, listened to the concerns and course corrected to ensure we were achieving what we wanted to achieve. Basically, Mark rocks! We look forward to coming back. - J. Bowers, 2011 Private Program

Durango, Colorado: Getting Here

Durango is located in the SW corner of Colorado, at the intersection of the sandstone towers of the desert, and the jagged, San Juan Mountains. A mecca for climbing, hiking, cycling, and foodies; make sure you plan to spend some time in town before and after your SJMG trip.

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rexerFlights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Durango – La Plata County Airport. Multiple airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, Phoenix, or Dallas. The airport is a 20 minute drive from our office. Many hotels offer a free shuttle pickup. Buckhorn Limousine offers a shuttle as well.

rexerDriving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Durango. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.

  • Denver, CO: 6 hours
  • Albuquerque, NM: 3 hours

rexerHotels: Durango has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suite you best for this trip! Below are just a few options catering to different lodging styles and preferences.


Additional Information

  • Cost Includes:
  • Expert Area Guides
  • Roundtrip transportation from our office (to the climbing area)
  • All equipment for both rock climbing and rafting

  • Not Included:

  • 5% land use surcharge
  • Guide gratuity

  • Registration and Cancellation:

  • Advance Registration is required for this program.  You have the option to either call our office and register via phone, fill out our pdf Registration Form and send it in via fax or email, or utilize our secure Online Reservation System.  All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.