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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

Whitewater 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.

Gunnison River Trips:

Class III-IV
14 mi.
May, July-Aug
Age 10+
Class III-IV
14 mi.
May, July-Aug
Age 10+

We are limited to five launches per summer, with a maximum of 10 guests per trip. We are given guaranteed launch dates each year, although it is possible we can make a trade for a different date for serious inquires only. 2015 guaranteed dates are:

  • Monday, July 1st (Full Day only) – Full Day is booked on this date, with 6 available spots remaining.
  • Friday, July 10th (Full Day or 2 Day) – Available to book or trade for a different date, 10 spots remaining.
  • Thursday, July 16th (Full Day or 2 Day) – Available to book or trade for a different date, 10 spots remaining.
  • Sunday, July 26th (Full Day or 2 Day) – Available to book or trade for a different date, 10 spots remaining.
  • Wednesday, July 29th (Full Day or 2 Day) – Available to book or trade for a different date, 10 spots remaining.

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.

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 the
Gunnison River

Our Gunnison River trips meet at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park near 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 info.



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


Gunnison River

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

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What Our Guests Say:

Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
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