The day begins with whitewater slalom & continues with freestyle kayaking, boatercross, surf competitions, a raft sprint & ends with the river parade!
Don't miss the Parade Viewing Party at Santa Rita Park: June 2 at 6 p.m.
Ska Beer Garden & Toast Mobile Lounge will be 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.
Celebrating 35 Years!
Animas River Days started in 1983 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.
Our new, world class whitewater park opened in 2014 with key features including Smelter Rapid, Corner Pocket and Ponderosa.
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!
March 19, 2018: There are just 4 weeks left to sign-up as an Animas River Days sponsor. Call us today to learn more, (970) 903-5505. Final sponsorship deadline is Monday, April 16th.
Feb. 2018: Animas River Days has made the commitment to go Zero Waste by 2020. Our goal is to send the least possible amount of waste to the landfill.
Our alcohol and food vendors will participate in our Zero Waste goal. We will be reducing the amount of plastic used. Recycling bins will be available throughout the park.
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. This includes One Wheels, Motorized Bikes, etc.
No outside alcohol; only those over the age of 21 and wearing a wrist band will be allowed to drink.
No overnight camping at Santa Rita Park. Please refer to our camping guide for many great options in and around Durango.
There will be little or no public parking at Santa Rita Park the day of the event. We encourage you to Go Green and walk, bike or boat to the park.