Gunnison River – Gunnison Gorge White Water Rafting Description:
The Gunnison Gorge section begins just outside the northern border of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and delivers not only stunning black granite cliffs reminiscent of the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon, but also world-class fishing and white water. This stretch of the Gunnison River is a combination of exciting whitewater and calm, contemplative floats through still, green water, this inaccessible canyon can only be reached after several miles of four wheel drive road and a one mile hike down into the canyon.
Recommended Trips on the Gunnison Gorge – Gunnison River:
Gunnison River – Gunnison Gorge Whitewater Rafting Details:
Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 5376′ to 5092′
Average Gradient: 21.2′ per mile
Access to Access
Chukar Trail to Gunnison Forks: 13.4 miles
Total Mileage: 13.4 miles
GPS Coordinates to Gunnison Gorge Access Points – Gunnison River:
- Chukar Trail Access: 38.602954,-107.886729
- Gunnison Forks Access: 38.784733,-107.836626
Cities Near the Gunnison Gorge Section:
- Delta, Montrose & Grand Junction
Information for Gunnison River Self-Guided Boaters:
The Gunnison River (Gunnison Gorge, Lower Gunnison and Dominguez-Escalante Canyon) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Montrose, CO.
- Boating Permit Required: NO
- Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the BLM managed and private access sites.
- River Manager:U.S Bureau of Land Management – Uncompahgre Field Office
2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
970.240.5300 ~ www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.