Float the Gunnison River

Gunnison Gorge 2 Day Trip


2 Day Float Trip

Trip Details

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • July and August, limited launches
  • 14 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate Class III-IV rapids
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Meals included, from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 2
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Located near Delta, CO – close to Grand Junction
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  • Gunnison River Maps


 $679/youth (10-12)

Float the Gunnison River – 2 Day Trip

This 2 Day adventure through the Gunnison Gorge in western Colorado is adjacent to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This 14-mile stretch of gold medal trout water has been nominated for “Wild and Scenic River” designation. It also receives expanded protection as a National Conservation Area. Here, below the many dams of the national park, the clear green water slips between spectacular towering black granite cliffs, dropping first into glassy pools and then plunging into foaming rapids. Scenery is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

Getting to the river requires a moderate mile-long hike down a narrow trail; the boats and group gear are brought into the canyon on horseback the day before the Gunnison River float trip. You will need to carry your own personal gear (including sleeping bag, pad and tent) down the trail to the “put-in”. The hike in is rewarded with dramatic canyon scenery, picturesque views and remarkable solitude. Each day has a mix of exciting whitewater and calm water float time. Our camp for the night will be on a sandy or grassy beach where you take a hike up toward the rim, or enjoy the world-class fishing, or just kick back for a happy hour drink while you watch the river flow by.

Only two groups of twelve people per day (including guides) are permitted to float the Gunnison River, assuring you a quality wilderness experience. Hiking, fishing, swimming and testing our skill in the rapids are all part of what makes the Gunnison River float trip a favorite of our guests as well as our staff!

Additional Information

  • *Youth must be age 10 years or older. Minimum age and weight are subject to increase due to high water.
  • Strict maximum of 10 guests. 
  • Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, portable chemical toilet, transportation to and from the river and all meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 2. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals, camping rentals or guide tip.
  • Please visit our packing list page for a complete list of what to bring, where to meet and more!

Floating the Gunnison River Videos

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area is located just outside of Montrose, adjacent to Black Canyon National Park. “The Gorge,” as it is known locally, is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and offers a remarkable variety of recreational activities including all kinds of trail opportunities, scenic 4X4 routes, camping, whitewater rafting, world-class fishing and more.The Gorge’s Peach Valley Recreation Site is a 15 minute drive from downtown Montrose, and is a favorite place among trail enthusiasts. Here you have access to about 100 miles of trails well suited for mountain bikers, dirt bikers, hikers and equestrians. The award-winning Peach Valley Skills Course is a great facility for off-highway vehicle riders to work on trail riding skills.Heading deeper into the National Conservation Area on rugged dirt roads you reach the rim of The Gorge itself, with breathtaking views into the depths of the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness. From here theadventurous may hike down wilderness trails to the Gunnison River and try their luck fly-fishing its Gold Medal waters. Many people consider the three-day guided float-fishing trips through the wilderness on Class III/IV whitewater to be a trip of a lifetime.Though close to town, this uncrowded and diverse landscape is perfect for those seeking outdoor adventure off the beaten path. https://bit.ly/2g42HhG

Posted by Visit Montrose on Friday, November 18, 2016


  • 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


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