Raft the headwaters of this iconic river

Rio Grande


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rio grande overview

The Rio Grande, or “Big River” in Spanish is the 5th largest river in the country begins its 1,760 mile journey here in Colorado. Get your feet wet on this legendary river set amongst the northern San Juan Mountains and the Creede Caldera.

• Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – June

White Water Rafting Trips on the Rio Grande River:

Trip Lengths: 1/2 Day
Outfitter: Mountain Man Tours
Learn More: www.mountainmantours.com ~ 719.658.2663

rio grande sections

Upper Box
Class III-IV

Class I-II

Upper Rio Grande River
Class I-II

Lower Rio Grande River
Class II-III



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 Rio Grande River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Rio Grande River is in the Rio Grande National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Divide Ranger District – Creede Office
    304 South Main St., Po Box 270, Creede, CO 81130
    719.658.2556 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/riogrande

If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.

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