Gunnison River – Black Canyon White Water Rafting Description:
One of the most highly inaccessible sections of white water in the state, the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is extremely remote and technical. While stunningly beautiful and awe-inspiring, this section is not recommended to anyone other than the most skilled kayakers and is generally considered un-raftable.
Recommended Trips on the Black Canyon – Gunnison River:
At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section.
Gunnison River – Black Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:
Difficulty: Class IV-V+ (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6522′ to 5376′
Average Gradient: 80.1′ per mile
Access to Access
East Portal to Chukar Trail: 14.3 miles
Total Mileage: 14.3 miles
GPS Coordinates to the Black Canyon Access Points – Gunnison River:
- East Portal Access: 38.52481,-107.651124
- Chukar Trail Access: 38.602954,-107.886729
Cities Near the Black Canyon Section:
- Montrose, Delta & Gunnison
Information for Gunnison River Self-Guided Boaters:
The Gunnison River through the Black Canyon is in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and is managed by the U.S. National Park Service.
- Boating Permit Required: YES
- Permit Details: Permits are free. Registration must be done at designated points. Click here for self-guided boater information and for details on obtaining a permit.
- River Manager: U.S. National Park Service – Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230
970.641.2337 ~ www.nps.gov/blca
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.