Extreme rapids cut through this National Park
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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.
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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
What people are saying
Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.
I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.
I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.
Information for Gunnison River Self-Guided Boaters:
The Gunnison River through the Black Canyon 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.