Wahoo! Best trip ever!
Wonderful! One of the best experiences of my life! Thanks!
Your entire team of guides was outstanding—friendly, helpful, and I could tell they genuinely enjoyed having us there. Our entire boat had a blast!! Will recommend to a friend and most likely return myself. Thanks!
Very fun and down to earth guides! Kid and adult friendly!
I have rafted with WA four times. It keeps getting better each time. Your guides are very personable, professional and entertaining.
We will be back no doubt about it.
Everybody had a great time and had nothing but positive things to say about your guides.
I am always impressed by the quality and service at Wilderness Aware in everything from lunch to the guides.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison River Rafting
Gunnison River white water rafting trips – one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.
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.
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|
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.
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 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.