Short and mild, close to Crested Butte

Gunnison Town Run


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gunnison town run overview

Close to Crested Butte, Almont and Gunnison, the Town Run is short and mild float through beautiful mountain scenery. Sandstone cliffs watch over the river in the distance as you make your way through meadows, a few mild rapids and the Gunnison River Whitewater Park.

Recommended Trips on Gunnison Town Run – Gunnison River:

Trip Name: Half & Full Day
Sections Included: Town Run
Outfitter: Scenic River Tours
Learn More: ~ 970.641.3131

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Gunnison Town Run section of the Gunnison River. Information regarding this section on this website is strictly informational. We offer trips on the Gunnison Gorge section. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

gunnison river town run sections

Gunnison River – Gunnison Town Run Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class I-II (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 8005′ to 7572′
Average Gradient: 23.3′ per mile

Access to Access

Almont to North Bridge: 10 miles
North Bridge to Twin Bridges: 5.0 miles
Twin Bridges to McCabe’s Lane: 3.6 miles
Total Mileage: 18.6 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 Town Run) is managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Gunnison, 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 – Gunnison Field Office
    650 South 11th Street, Gunnison, CO 81230
    970.642.4940 ~

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

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