Get Ready for Your Trip!
the gunnison river
departure & return times
Please share with everyone in your group. If you have any questions or need additional information call us at 1.800.462.7238.
Please arrive 30-45 minutes before your trip departure time.
Trip: Full Day
Departs: 9:00 am
Returns: 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Trip: 2 Day
Departs: 9:00 am
Returns: 2:30 – 3:00 pm
where to meet
Gunnison River Pleasure Park (1-888-782-7542). From Delta, take Highway 92 east for 14.2 miles (you’ll pass the small town of Austin after 6.9 miles). Turn right onto the dirt road (LN 2810) just after mile marker 14 when you see the sign for the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and the Gunnison River Pleasure Park. Drive the short distance down the hill and turn right into the large parking lot where you’ll see your guides and a Wilderness Aware van. The guides will show you where you can leave your vehicle for the duration of the trip.
what to bring
What to Bring – Day
- Swimming Suit and/or Shorts
- Tennis Shoes or Secure Sandals (no flip-flops or Crocs)
- Sunglasses with Securing Strap
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Hat or Visor (can be worn under your helmet)
- Fleece Jacket or Synthetic Insulating Layer
- Splash Jacket/Rain Jacket (available to rent)
- Waterproof Camera
- Cash For Souvenirs and Tipping Your Guide
- Water Bottle
- Do Not Wear Cotton on the River (no jeans or sweats)
What to Bring – Camp
- Warm Sleeping Bag / Ground Pad (available to rent)
- Tent (available to rent)
- Warm Jacket
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Dry Shoes for Camp
- Change of Clothes and Small Towel
- Headlamp or Flashlight
- Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes
- Insect Repellant
- Favorite Beverage (Beer or Soda)
- Favorite Book or Toy
- Professional Guides
- Rafting and Safety Equipment
- Transportation back to your vehicle after the trip
- Lunch on Full Day
We Provide on 2 Day
- Meals from Lunch on the First Day to Lunch on the Last Day
- Lemonade and Water with Meals and Hot Drinks in Camp
- Personal Waterproof Storage Bags – 3.2 cu. ft.
- All Kitchen and Group Camping Equipment
- Portable Chemical Toilets
2 day trips include free pair of wetsuit booties
Wetsuit Booties Only
Sleeps 2 people w/gear
Sleeping Bag w/ Ground Pad
Ground Pad Only
other important information
- River Maps
- Lodging Information
- Reservation/Cancellation Policies
- Liability Releases
- Q & A: Common Trip Questions
Check out the section of river you will be rafting – complete with put-in’s, takeouts, rapids and other interesting features.
- For Additional Lodging and Activity Information, contact the Delta Chamber of Commerce at (970) 874-8616.
Cancellation Policy: If your group or any person in your group cancels their trip 10 or more days before departure, you will receive a full refund on your trip cost less $5 per person/per trip on all day trips or $50 per person on multi day trips. If your group or any person in your group cancels within 10 days prior to departure, for any reason, there will be no refund issued.
You many purchase coverage on your reservation for a minimal fee, approximately 10% of your trip cost. This is purchased PER PERSON, PER TRIP. If you choose to purchase coverage, you may cancel up to 48 hours before your trip departure with no penalty on my trip cost. If you cancel within 48 hours but with at least 24 hours notice, we will issue you a gift certificate (rather than a cash/credit refund) that is good through the following season. Gift certificates cannot be extended beyond their expiration date. If you cancel within 24 hours, there is no refund. Coverage is nontransferable, nonrefundable and does not cover no-shows.
Drugs and Alcohol: Drugs or alcohol are not to be consumed before or during your trip. You may bring alcohol in plastic or metal containers for consumption in the evening in camp on multi-day trips.
Pregnancy: We do not allow guests that pregnant to participate in rafting.
Each person rafting will be required to sign a liability release form prior to trip departure. Each youth under the age of 18 years old will need a parent or guardian to co-sign their liability. Please click here to download and print our release.
Will I receive a safety orientation prior to my trip?
Prior to boarding your raft, your guide will cover a detailed safety orientation with everyone. Colorado Rivers Outfitters Association (CROA) created a comprehensive video that covers the same information in your safety orientation. Feel free to check out this video before your rafting adventure begins.
Is it appropriate to tip my guide?
Tipping is appropriate, particularly if you have received exceptional customer service. If you believe that a tip is appropriate we recommend an average tip of 10%-20% of your trip cost. You will have the opportunity to tip your guide directly at the conclusion of your trip. We always appreciate hearing from you so that we can recognize extraordinary customer service and we also appreciate hearing from you if you feel that there are areas that we can improve upon. We strive to exceed your expectations!
Will I need to carry my bag on the hike to the river?
We will issue you a backpack style waterproof bag to pack your personal gear in. The bag is 3.2 cubic feet (about the size of a duffel bag). You will carry your own waterproof bags and personal liquor / drinks down a trail to the put-in, which is approximately one mile. Please let us know in advance if you have physical limitations to carrying your own bag. Group camping gear and boats are carried to the river on horses the day before your trip.
What happens if I arrive late for my trip?
To provide our guests with the best possible customer service, we launch our trips on time. We cannot wait for late guests. You must arrive for your trip 1 hour prior to your departure time in order to get through our check in process and prepare for your trip. Please plan your time accordingly – allow enough travel time and include unexpected stops for road construction.
I cannot swim. Can I still go rafting?
Many of our participants cannot swim. We provide U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices designed to float you face-up in whitewater. Personal flotation devices are required to be worn at all times.
Should I bring a water bottle on my raft trip?
We do not carry drinking water on your raft and recommend you bring your own bottle. You can refill at lunch from our cooler. Water bottles can sit on the floor of the raft.
What kind of camping conditions should I expect?
All campsites are primitive-no plumbing or electricity. We provide a portable chemical toilet for use in camp. You may wash in the river.
What type of meals will I have during my trip?
We provide fresh hearty meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. Special diets can be accommodated upon request. Remember we provide only lemonade and water. If you would like to bring your own drinks in metal or plastic containers, please feel free. We will provide a place to carry them.
Can I fish on this trip?
Feel free to bring your fishing gear. You may fish from the shore at camp only as we do not allow fishing from the raft. You will need a valid Colorado fishing license, available at most hardware stores.
What do I do with any trash I may have?
Please keep in mind that on our trip we will carry out all of our trash and whatever other trash we may find as we travel down the river. We appreciate your assistance in keeping the river clean and beautiful.
I am worried about the altitude. Will I be ok to raft?
You will be rafting at 5000-6000 feet above sea level. Most people don’t have serious problems here, but shortness of breath and dehydration are possible. Come a day or two early to acclimatize yourself if you can. We recommend that you drink plenty of water during your stay.