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La Plata Canyon Jeep Tours from Durango

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Durango, United States
La Plata Canyon Jeep Tours from Durango

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore a rugged mountain landscape on a half-day Jeep tour to La Plata Canyon, and discover high-alpine meadows, avalanche gullies, and Colorado wildflowers with an experienced guide at the wheel. Both morning and afternoon departures are available for this La Plata Canyon tour, which departs from an office in Durango.
  • Jeep tour of La Plata Canyon
  • Travel through a glacier-carved canyon in an open vehicle
  • Take Jeep tracks to a high mountain pass
  • Watch for wildlife and wildflowers
  • See an abandoned 19th-century mining encampment
  • Choose between morning and afternoon departures
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Lunch is not provided on either trip but you are welcome to bring snacks of your own.
50 Animas View Dr , 50 Animas View Dr, Durango, CO 81301, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to the tour office for morning or afternoon departure, then board an open-top Jeep for the trip to La Plata Canyon, which has the distinctive, U-shaped landscape left by ancient glaciers. With peaks on either side of the scenic canyon, enjoy great views throughout the drive, while riding higher and higher into the mountains.

Watch for wildlife as you follow rugged Jeep trails past several small waterfalls and mountain rivers. Climb to alpine meadows to find bright wildflowers, then discover La Plata City, an abandoned mining town that was first established in the frontier days of 1875, with visible remnants of old mining claims.

Reach Kennebec Pass at 12,000 feet (3,658 mt.) above sea level, with majestic views to Cortez and Telluride, and a bird’s-eye perspective on spruce tree forests, peaks, and river valleys. Following your time at the pass, trace the Jeep roads back out of La Plata Canyon and return to the original departure point, where this tour concludes.
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Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours
Discover the spectacular La Plata Canyon (20 minutes West of Durango) and its beautiful U formation created by glaciers on one of our Colorado jeep tours. Several small waterfalls and cascading rivers follow the rugged jeep trails in the springtime along with lots of wildlife such as marmots, mule deer, elk herds, juncos, kingfishers, turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles. On our guided jeep tours you will see numerous wildflowers, high-alpine meadows, and avalanche gullies. Following the La Plata River (meaning “Silver” in Spanish) to La Plata City, an old mining town established in 1875, you’ll discover the remnants of old mining claims. These include a tall intact chimney left from the crew quarters, the framework of old cabins, and tailing piles from actual mining areas. Then, you’ll continue to the peak of Kennebec Pass at 12,000 feet above sea level (also above tree-line).
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You must bring your own car seats for children who require them. CO Car Seat Law states that children up to 8 years old must be in an appropriate car seat.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in for the tour!
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during La Plata Canyon Jeep Tours from Durango?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by La Plata Canyon Jeep Tours from Durango.

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Jerid our guide
Bob_M
, Jul 2020
Enjoyed the back woods way off the trail with Jerid and his knowledge of the history of the Mountain and follage.
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Our guide Ohmar was great. Very...
chris b
, Jun 2016
Our guide Ohmar was great. Very informative and personal. The trip up the mountain was beautiful. Would love to do it again !!

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