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Trust Us - You Need to Raft the San Miguel This Summer

Monday • June 10, 2019

If you've ever wanted to raft, this is the year. With record snowfall and even snow into May, the waterways in Telluride have been rushing! Experts say the 2019 summer season might be one of the best ever. There's no time like the present to try out rafting on the San Miguel River, which flows through Telluride and further down the valley before meeting up with the Dolores River near Utah. 


Our friends at Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours took the time to share some of their thoughts about the 2019 season with us. See you on the water! How epic is this year going to be?

Mild to Wild: With a deep snowpack in the headwaters for the San Miguel River, Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours is expecting a long and fun season on the San Miguel River. The San Miguel relies on snowmelt to create it's fun and splashy rapids, so a deep snowpack will lead to a longer than normal season on the San Miguel. We are expecting excellent rafting conditions through the end of July! Why should people try a rafting trip?

Mild to Wild: It’s one thing to admire the power of snowmelt from a distance on the shoreline. But riding the waves of whitewater elicits the kind of joy our senses make memories out of. Being swept downstream by glittering waves makes us feel alive, and gracious for the natural world. Also, it’s just really fun. What's a typical rafting trip like with Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours? 

Mild to Wild: Every trip begins with a safety talk before you step in the raft. Our guides review every possibility, even if the likelihood of a circumstance is really low. You’ll be prepared if you happen to do some involuntary swimming or have to rescue someone who didn’t stay in the boat. They will show you the correct way to paddle, when to paddle, and what rapids are coming up. You’ll never have to wonder what to do as our guides are thorough communicators! What makes the San Miguel different from other rivers you can raft on?

Mild to Wild: The San Miguel is a narrow and twisting canyon with faster waterway flows. This makes for constant rapids in a more intimate setting with the surrounding forest. The scenery on the San Miguel is also unique in the way the desert and alpine meld together. Red rocks tower above while the aspen and pine glow below. What kinds of rapids do you tend to see?

Mild to Wild: Class II rapids are constant on the river with intermittent class III. Don’t let the class II fool you though, this narrow river has plenty of awesome drops and waves to ride. You’ll be paddling, splashing and bouncing down the canyon most of the time! Are there any age/size requirements?

Mild to Wild: The upper section of the San Miguel requires guests to be at least 10 years old, while the lower section is eight years and up. This is because the lower section usually doesn’t have class III rapids.  What kind of experience do you need?

Mild to Wild: San Miguel moves at a brisk pace and swimming is a moderate possibility. However there is no experience required to raft San Miguel. Just be prepared if there is involuntary swimming! What kind of gear is provided for a rafting trip?

Mild to Wild: Mild to Wild always provides helmets and PFDs. They also provide splash gear upon request.  


Please click here to see all available rafting trips for during your Telluride vacation. See you soon!