Trip Details

Gunnison Gorge Full Day Trip


1 Day Rafting Trip!

Trip Details


About the Gunnison River Full Day Gunnison Gorge Trip

This adventure ranks far and above the average raft trip for scenery and adventure. We begin near Delta where we load up for a breathtaking backroad trip through moon-like clay hills, and over the rim of the Black Canyon before we stop at road’s end. Your guides will have arrived the day before to pack the rafts and lunch to the bottom of the canyon via horseback.

A well-worn trail leads us a mile and about 1000 vertical feet to the bottom of the Gorge where our boats and cool green water await us. After a brief safety orientation, we’re off! There is no time to warm up as we launch right into Chukar Rapid, our first Class III drop.

Our day will be a mix of exciting drops and lazy quiet float time as we kick back and admire the towering black walls made of some of the planets oldest Precambrian schist and gneiss.

After “Grand Finale” rapid, we quietly and reverently float the last bit of black walled canyon known as the “Hall of the River King” before we pop out into the bright and wide-open sandstone walled valley where the North Fork of the Gunnison joins the river, and our trip concludes.

Additional Information

  • *Youth must be age 10 years or older. Minimum age is subject to increase due to high water.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 7 or more. Strict maximum of 10 guests. 
  • Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, transportation to and from the river and lunch. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, cold weather rentals or guide tip.
  • Please visit our packing list page for a complete list of what to bring, where to meet and more!

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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.

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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