Gunnison Gorge Full Day

Gunnison Gorge, Delta
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    Mellow water between exciting rapids
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    Exciting white water rapids prove a fun challenge
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    High black rock cliffs tower above the river
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    Horses packing in gear to the river before your trip
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    Hike downhill to the river on the Chukar Trail

Raft exciting whitewater in this remote wilderness section of the Gunnison River. Depart near Delta, Colorado – close to Grand Junction – where a downhill hike to the river takes you deep into the stunning Gunnison Gorge and far away from crowds. Suitable for all skill levels and ages 10+, raft with us on limited dates in July-August.

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Trip Details

Adults: $265 Youth: $225.25

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • July and August, limited launches
  • 14 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate, Class III-IV rapids
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Deli-style lunch included
  • Located near Delta, Colorado close to Grand Junction
About the Gunnison River Full Day Gunnison Gorge Trip

This adventure ranks far and above the average raft trip for scenery and adventure. We begin near Delta where we load up for a breathtaking backroad trip through moon-like clay hills, and over the rim of the Black Canyon before we stop at road’s end. Your guides will have arrived the day before to pack the rafts and lunch to the bottom of the canyon via horseback.

A well-worn trail leads us a mile and about 1000 vertical feet to the bottom of the Gorge where our boats and cool green water await us. After a brief safety orientation, we’re off! There is no time to warm up as we launch right into Chukar Rapid, our first Class III drop.

Our day will be a mix of exciting drops and lazy quiet float time as we kick back and admire the towering black walls made of some of the planets oldest Precambrian schist and gneiss.

After “Grand Finale” rapid, we quietly and reverently float the last bit of black walled canyon known as the “Hall of the River King” before we pop out into the bright and wide-open sandstone walled valley where the North Fork of the Gunnison joins the river, and our trip concludes.

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 10-12 years old. Minimum age is subject to increase due to high water.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 6 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, transportation to and from the river and lunch. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals or guide tip.

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Map & Directions to Gunnison River Pleasure Park near Delta, Colorado

Our Gunnison River trips meet at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park. The Pleasure Park is located just over 14 miles east of Delta and 6.5 miles west of Hotchkiss, Colorado. There are signs along the road indicating where to turn.

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.
  • Gunnison River Description: information about the Gunnison River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
  • Itinerary: read our sample itinerary.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the Gunnison 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.