2 Day Gunnison Gorge

Gunnison Gorge, Delta
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    Exciting and challenging whitewater
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    Beautiful black canyon walls tower over the Gunnison River
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    Smithfork Creek hike during lunch on day 2
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    Hike to the river down the Chukar Trail
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    One of the many friendly mules that carry the boats!

Experience a true wilderness getaway on this rugged and remote section of the Gunnison River. Hike into the beautiful Gunnison Gorge to tackle the fast-paced and challenging rapids on this trip that departs near Delta, Colorado – close to Grand Junction.  Suitable for all skill levels and ages 10+, raft with us on limited dates in July-August.

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Trip Details

Adults: $519 Youth: $441.15

  • 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
  • Meals included, from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 2
  • Located near Delta, Colorado close to Grand Junction

About the Gunnison River 2 Day Gunnison Gorge Trip


This 2 Day adventure through the Gunnison Gorge in western Colorado is adjacent to the 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. It also receives expanded protection as a National Conservation Area. 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. Scenery is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

Getting to the river requires a moderate 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 (including sleeping bag, pad and tent) down the trail to the “put-in”. The hike in is rewarded with dramatic canyon scenery, picturesque views and remarkable solitude. Each day has a mix of exciting whitewater and calm water float time. Our camp for the night will be on a sandy or grassy beach where you take a hike up toward the rim, or enjoy the world-class fishing, or just kick back for a happy hour drink while you watch the river flow by.

Only two groups of twelve people per day are permitted to raft the Gunnison Gorge, assuring you a quality wilderness experience. Hiking, fishing, swimming and testing our skill in the rapids are all part of what makes the Gunnison River a favorite of our guests as well as our staff!

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 10-16 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, potable chemical toilet, transportation to and from the river and all meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 2. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals, camping 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.