Gunnison River Rafting – Black Canyon

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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.

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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.

Shuttles:
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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:

Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
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Mark E.
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Michele E.
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Dana Q.
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This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
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Bailey W.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
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