Remote wilderness rafting

Gunnison Gorge


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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.

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Gunnison Gorge 2 Day Trip

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.

Adult price : $689


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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



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.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • 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.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • 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.

    Lauren C. Rafter


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 ~

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

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