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Black Canyon of the Gunnison River Rafting

Gunnison River white water rafting trips – one of the most beautiful rivers in the world

White Water Rafting on the Gunnison River

Exciting whitewater, stunning scenery, great fishing, and amazing side canyon hiking and swimming on the Gunnison Gorge.

The Gunnison Gorge in western Colorado is a National Conservation Area and is adjacent to the newly created Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This 14-mile stretch of gold medal trout water has been nominated for “Wild and Scenic River” designation. Here below the many dams of the national park, the clear green water slips between spectacular towering black granite cliffs, dropping first into glassy pools and then plunging into foaming rapids. The scenery and geology of the Gunnison Gorge is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

The Gunnison River starts west of Grand Junction near the Continental Divide above Crested Butte Ski Area and flows through the town of Gunnison and on through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We launch our trips in the Gunnison Gorge at the end of the Chukar Trail west of Delta, Colorado. The whitewater rafting section of the Gunnison River finishes up near Hotchkiss, Colorado.

Getting to the river requires an easy mile-long hike down a narrow trail; the boats and group gear are brought into the canyon on horseback the day before the trip. You will need to carry your own personal gear down the trail to the “put-in”. The hike is rewarded with dramatic canyon scenery, picturesque views and remarkable solitude.

Only two groups of twelve people per day are permitted to raft the Gunnison Gorge, assuring you a quality wilderness experience.

Gunnison River Trips:

Gunnison Gorge 2 Day Rafting III-IV 14 mi. May; July-Aug 10
Gunnison Gorge Full Day III-IV 14 mi. May; July-Aug 10


Check out these trip requirements and call us at 1-800- 462-7238 to book a white water rafting trip on the Gunnison River.

Gunnison River Resources:

Directions to Gunnison River Meeting Point:
Gunnison River trips meet and depart from the Gunnison River Pleasure park just east of Delta, CO.

Packing List
Packing List and Pre-Trip Information:
Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies, rental costs and other info.

Gallery Photos:
Photos of the Gunnison River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many, many more.

Gunnison River Map:
Overview Map of the Gunnison River showing section names, rapids and other interesting features.