35th Annual Animas River Days
The day begins with kayak slalom and continues with SURF/SUP competitions, inflatable rodeo,
raft slalom, freestyle kayaking, boatercross, and more.
Don't miss the river parade viewing party at Santa Rita Park, 6 p.m.
Ska Brewing and 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.
History of Animas River Days
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!
May 2018: Like us on Facebook and get a chance to name the Animas River Days beer, crafted exclusively for ARD by Ska Brewing. Like us...
April 2018: Fifteen year old Wiley Corra, one of our favorite and fun-loving local paddlers, is fighting hard for his life after a fall and traumatic brain injury. Click here to support his recovery...
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. Learn more...
Park Rules & Festival Regulations
NO PUBLIC PARKING AT SANTA RITA PARK!
This is an event based on our love for the river so please do not throw trash into the river, wear your PFDs (personal flotation device) and watch your children closely if they are playing by the water's edge.
Sorry, there are no dogs allowed inside the Beer Garden at Santa Rita Park. Please feel free to watch with your fury friends from the Dog Park on river right. Read all Rules & Regulations