Pagosa Mountain Sports is now renting tubes!
Looking for a fun way to relax and cool off? Rent a tube from Pagosa Mountain Sports and head over to the San Juan River!
The current water level is late-summer low. This river level is best for floating within quiet eddies while watching the kids enjoy the slow moving rapids over and over again. Making an actual run will require a lot of river rock walking. For more information on river levels, check the San Juan River - Water Level Safety section at the bottom on this page.
The San Juan River flows right through the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs. What better way to enjoy it on a hot summer day than some slow moving tubing? It's the perfect family activity!
Pick up a rental tube at Pagosa Mountain Sports, make the short walk to the put-in at the end of the River Walk and enjoy a leisurely three-quarter mile long float down the San Juan River to the take-out by the Visitor's Center. (The float takes approximately one hour and the return walk from the Visitor's Center takes around fifteen minutes.)
Every rental includes:
- PFD/Life jacket
- Free and required by law for children under 13
- When river is running above 200 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second), PFDs are free and highly recommend for adults
- Closed-toed water shoes
- Reusable water bottle
- Sun screen
- Water tight bag for keys, phone, wallet, etc.
- Floating sunglasses retainers
Our staff will happily point out the typical float route and river features!
Pagosa Mountain Sports River Tube Rental Prices
$15 3 Hours
$18 Same Day - Maximum rental time is shop open until shop close
. Joining a Pagosa Mountain Sports event? Call (970-507-7886) or email (info@pagosamountainsports) us to inquire about availability and special pricing!
A valid driver’s license and credit card are required to rent.
All participants must sign a waiver or if under 18 years of age, have a parent or guardian sign for them.
Please scan the below QR Code to access the electronic waiver.
Online bookings must be made 9 or more hours in advance.
Please call Pagosa Mountain Sports (970-507-7886) if you would like to reserve a rental less than 9 hours in advance of your arrival at the shop.
Tubing on the San Juan River
Pagosa Mountain Sports encourages you to be safe while on the river.
It is important everyone in your group understands and practices river safety!
San Juan River - Water Level Safety:
. Typically drops to a safe level for tubing around early July - sometimes earlier, sometimes later
. Link to Current San Juan River Level
. Look for the 'Most Recent Instantaneous Value'. Measurement in CFS (Cubic Feet per Second)
. 50-90 CFS - Still Floatable
. 90-150 CFS - Good for most
. 150-250 CFS
. Might flip
. Rowdy for children
. 250-400 CFS
. Flip likely
. Not for < 50 lbs
. 400+ CFS
. Too high for tubing
Tubing Safety Tips:
. Children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a PFD
. PFDs are required by law for children under 13 and are always free with a tube rental
. When the river is running above 250 CFS, they are free with a tube rental and highly recommend for adults
. Non-swimmers and Children
. Very young children should not participate
. During high water levels, adults and children who cannot get to shore unassisted should not participate
. Stay Hydrated
. 1 Liter of water per hour is recommended. Avoid excessive alcohol as it can lead to dehydration
. Use Sunblock
. Apply before and during float
. Protect Your Feet
. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended to prevent cuts and bruises from the rocky river bottom and for walking to and from the river
. Keep Tubes Untied
. Tied tubes can easily flip in rapids
. Hazard for others enjoying the river
. Standing in the River
. Do not stand up in the river unless it is less than calf high
. Rocks can shift and feet become trapped