Norwood Canyon | 1-2-3 Days Rafting | San Miguel River, CO

dvorak expeditions inflatable kayaks on the arkansas river

1 – 2 – 3 Days available


Come white water river rafting in Colorado, down the San Miguel River as it winds its way through alpine terrain near Telluride, Colorado and Trout Lake, in the shadows of 14,000 foot Mount Wilson in the San Juan Mountains to a desert confluence with the Dolores River, 80 miles to its north. With 3 Conservancy-protected preserves along its length, the San Miguel River white water rafting hosts scenic sandstone canyons and mysterious granite passages.  These canyons create an incredible passage way for those river rafting  in Colorado rapids.

Class II and III rapids along the Upper San Miguel provide challenging kayaking and rafting. Trips varying in length from 1-5 days.

Sandstone canyons vie with granite passages for nature at its best. Some rare riverbank plant life thrives here and as you work your way toward the Dolores and lower elevations, the flora and fauna will change seemingly around each bend.

*Call us  800 824-3795  for more details
*Minimum 8 persons

SAN MIGUEL RIVER – Colorado near Telluride
1 Day | 20 Miles | Class I-III Rapids
PRICING: $159 Per Person
Minimum: 8 persons
Contact us to arrange a date for trips 2 or 3 days in length by arrangement


The following are included in your Dvorak Expedition: All boating equipment/life jackets/drinking water.All on-river meals (lunch day 1 through lunch last day). By arrangement prior to the trip rain jacket with pants. Eating utensils, plates, complimentary Dvorak souvenir cup, Waterproof dry bags (3.3 cu.ft) for personal gear. Rain tarps for shelter in the kitchen area.


We furnish rugged inflatable self-bailing rafts 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide all necessary river equipment, PFDs (Type V), waterproof dry bags for personal gear, first-aid and safety supplies. There is a guide on every raft and ratio of 1 to 4 on any instructional clinic. In addition, we have rental equipment that consist of tents, sleeping bags, pads, and ground sheets. We also have wetsuit and boot rentals available per day or trip. You can choose to be either in a paddle raft (participatory) or an oared raft, (passenger). Paddle rafts have 4 to 6 persons and 1 guide.


  • Transportation to the arranged meeting point or put-in
  • Pre and post meals and lodging near the arranged meeting point
  • Personal clothing and other sundry items (see list)
  • Possible shuttle of personal vehicle to take out locations. (Request details)


Please limit your gear to 30 pounds in weight. Drybag is 3.3cu-ft. It should be able to be packed into a standard duffel bag. This list should cover everything for a safe, comfortable trip.

  • Compact synthetic filled sleeping bag (not down)
  • Sleeping pad (backpack size) inflatable/insolite
  • Small backpack style tent w/ fly & ground sheet
  • Long john style wetsuit/boots for cold months *optional
  • Long pants (one light weight to block the sun & one warm wool or pile/fleece type*)
  • Nylon shorts or swimsuit under wetsuit
  • Long sleeved shirts (one warm*/one light weight)
  • Non-cotton shirt or poly propylene top (fleece top)
  • Warm jacket*, wind proof or Fleece, water resistant
  • Pair of tennis shoes - tie on preferred or wet boots.
  • Wool socks will help keep feet warm in tennis shoes
  • Sunglasses with loss protector/keeper (with UV protection
  • Sun block (over 5,000' altitude - lots of UV exposure)
  • Hat for sun protection (tie-on)
  • Rain gear by request from DVK or bring your own
  • Small towel / biodegradable soap / shampoo / lotion etc.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries with new bulb or head torch
  • Bandana and a pair of lite gloves for sun protection.
  • Personal items kit (hygiene) medicines etc.
  • Waterproof camera or a very good waterproof case.
  • EXTRA BEVERAGES - PLASTIC containers of liquor, BYO canned beer or soda. An adequate supply of soft drinks is provided. If you prefer diet drinks, please request them in advance. Complimentary wine is provided with evening meals.
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS: Field glasses with waterproof protection, Journal notebook, book, pliers (for use in taking things from fire i.e. coffee, hot water, etc.), Day pack for side hikes & Extra Zip Lock Bags. Small travel pillow or use stuff sac with your extra clothing.

* Can be excluded during warmer weather

Note: (See List for options for rentals) These items need to be reserved and payment is due along with your trip balance 45 days prior to departure. Be sure to give your height, weight, and shoe size for wetsuit rentals.


      $15 Three-season-Synthetic Poly Sleeping Bag
      $25 One-nite :(2-3)persons dome tent floor & rain fly. $50 two+ nights
      $10 Thermarest Sleep pad, self-inflating
      $20 ‘Paco’ Sleeping Pads (Deluxe)
      $10 one-day Long John Wetsuit with booties. $20 two+days.
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Please read our cancellation policy carefully, as it applies in every instance. If YOU must cancel your reservation, you may be eligible for a partial refund. Our cancellation policy is firm. We operate under stringent federal regulations, which restrict the number of guests per trip and the number of trips per season. We incur substantial expenses before each trip departs. In the event of late cancellation, Dvorak Expeditions cannot recover costs, nor can we make refunds. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRIP INTERRUPTION INSURANCE.


A minimum advance deposit 25% of trip cost per person is required when making reservations. The total is due 45 days prior to trip. Contract deposit negotiations on groups. When cancellations are made more than 45 days before the trip - all moneys are refunded LESS a $100 per person fee. If cancellation is made less than 45 days before the trip, the deposit of 25% per person is non-refundable. With less than 14 days’ notice, NO monies are refunded (this includes all credit card charges).

By Plane: There are several airlines with flights into Walker Field, Grand Junction, CO. airport from a variety of connecting cities. Cortez is served by United Express from Denver with three flights daily Sun.-Friday and two flights Saturday. It is best to book your air around trip from your home city rather than booking from Denver. Arrive in Cortez, Co. the day prior to the trip. Dvorak Expeditions will pick you up at your motel at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the first day of your trip and transport you to the river put-in point near Telluride, Co., about a one and one-half hour drive. Call to confirm times.

By Car: You will need to arrive in Placerville, Co. (the junction of Hwy 62 and 145, which is the turn off to Telluride) by 8:00 a.m. the morning your trip begins. Camping is available in the Telluride Town Park or at various Recreation sites along the San Miguel River. Dvorak Expeditions will send you a map of the exact rendezvous site with your trip confirmation package. *

*Trips longer than 5 days necessitate flying out of Grand Junction, CO at trips end if flying, or arranging a car shuttle to the trips’ end if driving. We will work this logistics out with you when you book your trip. If driving from Grand Junction, take US 50 to US 550 and travel south to C62 and take C145 to Placerville.


After de-rigging and loading equipment late afternoon on the last day of your trip, Dvorak Expeditions will either shuttle you back to Cortez or Grand Junction. Arrange to have your car shuttled to the take-out at an extra cost.

Although you can usually make a connection flight home after 7 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delay our arrival in Grand Junction.


The Turquoise Motor Inn
535 East Main Street
Cortez CO 81321
(970) 565-3778

The Grand Vista
2790 Crossroads Blvd.
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 241-8411

Best Western/ Red Arrow Motel
1701 East Main St. (Hwy. 50)
Montrose, CO 81401
(800) 468-9323
(970) 249-9641

Ray’s Motel
101 Main St. PO Box 310
Naturita, CO 81422
(970) 865-2235


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Tag along kayaker

Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.
- Tom Schembra


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