Small Boats, Big Adventures
2024 Update: We have moved to Crested Butte, CO! We are still trying to figure out what this means for where we are teaching our courses. Ideally, we will teach courses here, but if our permits do not pan out, we can always continue to teach courses in Carbondale like we have in the past. Please do not book lodging to accomodate your course until we figure out exactly where our courses will be taught. A few courses have been added to the calendar for the upcoming season. More courses will be added by the end of this winter. If you have a group that wants to set up something not on the calendar, please reach out. Thanks!
Packrafting is a burgeoning water sport that is growing with incredible popularity. It combines many elements of kayaking, rafting, and backpacking in a user-friendly package. Packrafting opens many doors for what is possible in a river expedition. Beyond the incredible capabilities these small craft offer, they are downright fun.
Packraft Colorado intends to be the preeminent outfitter and resource for packrafting in central Colorado. We are based in beautiful Crested Butte and hope to share our collective experience with you and get you psyched on packrafting!
We stock exclusively Alpacka rafts and can set you up with a state-of-the art packraft, paddle, wetsuits, and all the other accessories you might need to make your packrafting trip a success.
For the 2024 season, we will be offering monthly courses to introduce people to this sport, as well as courses to refine abilities for intermediate and advanced boaters.
Our introductory course is a full-day class that will teach you everything you need to know to start getting on the water. We will cover hands-on skills ranging from setting-up your boats to paddling technique and wet re-entry, and logistical skills such as reading water to packing for overnight trips. We are happy to rent packrafts for a small fee.
The full-day intermediate course will teach paddlers the skills needed to safely run advanced whitewater. You will learn skills such as eddy turns, edging, running safety, basic rescue, and more. We expect all participants to have their own packrafts for this course.
If there is enough demand, we are happy to organize an certified swiftwater rescue course with a focus on packraft specific rescue scenarios. This would be a three-day course. Please contact us if you are interested in making this happen.
Alpacka Classics are the staple of the packrafting world. They are the perfect balance of lightweight portability and whitewater performance. If you are new to the sport, this would be your best option. We have boats with and without internal storage (TiZip).
Rate w/o TiZip: $50/day
Rate w/ TiZip+bags: $60/day