The day begins with whitewater slalom and continues with
freestyle kayaking, boater cross, surf competitions, raft sprint
and ends with the river parade and a retro rodeo!
Don't miss the Parade Viewing Party at Santa Rita Park: June 2 at 6 p.m.
Riverside DJ set during the parade! Ska Beer Garden & Toast Mobile Lounge will remain open
Dane Jackson, three time world champion, competes during Animas River Days.
The Animas River Day parade is the favorite event of locals. Join us for the parade viewing party on June 2nd, starting at 6 p.m., at Whitewater Park.
Don't miss the Surf Competition on Saturday, June 2nd at Santa Rita Park.
Teams from all over the region come to compete in the Raft Sprint.
Animas River Days started in 1985 when local paddling legend Nancy Wiley put on the first whitewater rodeo in Durango, CO. As time went on, Animas River Days has drawn paddlers from all around the world to its events.
Durango’s Whitewater Park has hosted the U.S. National team trials for freestyle, slalom, and wild water events as well as the U.S. National Championships in slalom and open canoe slalom. From 1989 to 1996, Durango was also the host of the Champion International Whitewater Slalom Series.
This year we expect teams from Jackson Kayak, Badfish, Liquid Logic, Red Bull, Pyranha, Hala and SOL to compete at the Pro Level. We also have many talented local paddlers who will show off their skills during the events!
In 2014, our new whitewater park opened with 12 rapid features...the most notable being Smelter Rapid, Corner Pocket and Ponderosa. The larger rapids rate as Class IIIs at lower water and Class IVs at higher water.
In the Fall of 2016, the City of Durango began construction to fix the water intake to the Treatment Plant (located at Santa Rita Park). This resulted in a new entrance to the whitewater park above Smelter Rapid. There are several fun drops with right, middle and left lines. It is advised to avoid the left line.
The new entrance into Whitewater Park is going to make the Boatercross and Slalom races extremely exciting! Boaters will be challenged to read and adjust to the water depending on the water flow. Come watch them navigate through the new course during Animas River Days!
Sorry, no dogs allowed in the Beer Garden. Please feel free to watch with your fury friends from the Dog Park on river right.
No motorized wheels on the river trail at Santa Rita Park.
No outside alcohol; only those over the age of 21 and wearing a wrist band will be allowed to drink.