Dolores River 10-Day Utah Rafting in Gateway Canyon

Longest Trip in the West Outside of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado

Dolores River 10 Day Trip

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Trip Details

Adults: $1689 Youth: $1435.65

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • May and Early June, water permitting
  • 168 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate, Class II-IV rapids
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Meals included, from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 10
  • Located near Cortez, Colorado near Durango and four corners region
About the Dolores River 10 Day Gateway Canyon Trip

Emerging from Slickrock Canyon the river enters Paradox Valley, an interesting geologic phenomenon where the river cuts across the valley rather than through the middle of it! This valley was extensively occupied by Pueblo Indian culture and was also famous in western history as a route through which rustlers traversed to sell stolen stock in the mining camps. In the spring, nesting waterfowl abound in the natural but unprotected refuge.

From here the river cuts through Paradox and Mesa Canyons where one can view remnants of an almost unbelievable “hanging flume”. Near the town of Gateway the river plunges into Gateway Canyon where some of the most difficult rapids of the entire river are encountered. Some 30 miles below Gateway, Colorado, the Dolores River unites with the Colorado River.

You can combine Ponderosa Gorge, Slickrock, and Gateway Canyons to create one of the longest raft trips in the West. Day after day you will share the river with mergansers and great blue herons, exploring the desert from a unique vantage point. Exciting whitewater, fascinating geology, Indian ruins, interesting side creeks, and stunning sunsets will fill your days on this adventure of a lifetime. This trip is great for people that can’t afford the time or expense of a Grand Canyon of the Colorado raft trip, or people just looking to truly escape the pressures of modern life.

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 10-16 years old. Youth must weigh at least 60 lbs. Minimum age and weight are subject to increase due to high water.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, overnight bag, potable chemical toilet, transportation to and from the river and all meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 10. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals, camping rentals or guide tip.

Map & Directions to Cortez, Colorado

Our Dolores River trips meet at the Cozy Inn in Cortez, Colorado. The Cozy Inn is located in the southwest part of the town of Cortez, about 46 miles west of Durango, Colorado.

Resources:

  • Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: a complete list of what to bring, what we provide, rental costs and directions.
  • Liability Release: required for each rafter. Please feel free to complete this form prior to arrival. Each person under 18 years of age requires a parent/guardian to co-sign.
  • Dolores River Description: information about the Dolores River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
  • Itinerary: read our sample itinerary.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the Dolores River, our other rivers, staff, wildlife and more.
  • River Map: check out our detailed river maps including rapids and other features.
  • FAQ’s: Take a look through our most frequently asked questions and answers.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
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.
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.
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.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory 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.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
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.
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.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
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.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
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.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
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.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth 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.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
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.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
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.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
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.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
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.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.

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