RIGS Inflatable Kayak (“Duckie”) Trips are the ideal way to experience the Colorado river kayak adventure.
All locations within one hour of Ouray, Telluride & Montrose Colorado. Inflatable Kayaks are stable and maneuverable, so no prior experience is needed to comfortably control your kayak. Similar to our Raft Trips, personalized paddling & safety instruction is included on every trip, but with your guide nearby to give you pointers, you’ll be ready to run the rapids all on your own! Southwest Colorado is an ideal spot for your whole family to explore whitewater Inflatable Kayak trips on your next family river float trip on the Gunnison River, Uncompahgre River or San Miguel River. Check out our Adventure Schedule to help you determine which whitewater trip is right for your group.
Take control of your own inflatable kayak on the Uncompahgre River, and enjoy a guided 4.5 mile paddle from the Town of Ridgway to Ridgway Reservoir. (Single person and tandem kayaks are available for this adventure.) Our guides will teach you how to control and maneuver your kayak on flat water, and then take you down the class II-III Uncompahgre River from our private put-in just down from the RIGS shop. There are opportunities to practice kayaking skills on the river, and fantastic scenery for photography. The majestic San Juan Mountains and mesas fill the back drop for the entire run as we float through Wildlife areas popular with deer, eagles, and water ouzels...
Enjoy a guided full day to overnight to multi day river trip, kayaking/raft, through the impressive sandstone walls of Dominguez Canyon. Soak up the surroundings from your raft and/or command your own kayak, while support rafts carry all the amenities for a day on the river. Single person and tandem kayaks are available for this adventure, ideal for novice kayakers. Named for the Spanish Jesuits that first explored the area in 1777, Dominguez and Escalante Canyons are rich in history, wildlife, and scenery. The class II Gunnison River gently carves its way through Dominguez canyon creating a wilderness feeling. Cottonwood stands along the river provide nesting habitat for herons and songbirds, while deer, desert bighorn sheep, and large game can be seen along the banks. Native American rock-art, and spectacular desert flora and fauna can be found on numerous side-hikes making for a rich experience on the edge of canyon country...
Enjoy a relaxing 7.5 mile paddle on the Class II waters of the Lower Gunnison River. This section of the river offers fun splashy waves and plenty of fun for the whole family, without the technical skill needed on the bigger water. A National Conservation Area, managed by BLM, with excellent opportunities for solitude, wildlife and classic river exploration. Choose from tandem or single Inflatable Kayaks or Rafts (Oar or Paddle). A riverside lunch is include mid-way through our paddle, as well as a stop to view the Native American Rock Art on the canyon walls - or a chance to wet a line in the Gold Medal waters of the cool clear Lower Gunnison River. Safe fun in the sun for everyone!
Our Inflatable Kayak Trips Rates include the following:
- Professional river safety talk & instruction – required
- PFD (Personal Flotation Device or “life jacket”) and Helmet – required
- Transportation – from our shop in Ridgway, to and from the river.
- Riverside lunch & non-alcoholic beverages on all Full Day trips
Rental Gear is available separately:
- Combo Package (neoprene booties & paddle jacket) $8.50
- Neoprene Booties $5
- Paddle Jacket $5
To ensure trip quality and customer satisfaction, RIGS Guide Staff is trained well beyond Colorado minimum qualification standards. Required SRT (Swiftwater Rescue Training) certification assures that you have some of the region’s best trained white water river rafting professionals. Your safety is our top priority!
RIGS Fly Shop is within one hour of Ouray (10 minutes from Ouray!), Telluride and Montrose Colorado. Directions to Fly Shop. *Most raft gear accessories can be purchased prior to your trip at our retail Rafting Center. All river sections, Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge / Black Canyon & Escalante Dominguez sections), Uncompahgre River and San Miguel River, are located within a one hour of Telluride, Ouray and Montrose Colorado. Directions to RIGS. *All major airlines service Montrose Regional Airport, located 30 minutes from our Fly Shop. To help you plan your trip, we offer some great links to our Preferred Lodging Partners and Regional Information for Ouray, Telluride & Montrose Colorado. See you on the water!
*Inflatable Kayak Trips items can be purchased prior to your trip at our Full Service Fly Shop.