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.
We do not have any remaining dates in 2015.

For questions about our 2016 launch dates or to make an inquiry about a reservation, please call us at 800.462.7238.

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:

You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
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We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
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.
One of the best times of my life!
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Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
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It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
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!
Lisa P.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.

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