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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.
Adults: $519 Youth: $441.15
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!
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.