Raft the headwaters of the Rio Grande 

Lower Rio Grande River


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Lower Rio Grande River.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on the Lower Rio Grande River:

Trip Name: Half Day
Sections Included: Lower Rio Grande River
Outfitter: Mountain Man Tours
Learn More: www.mountainmantours.com ~ 719.658.2663

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Rio Grande River – Lower River Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 8588′ to 7987′
Average Gradient: 19.6′ per mile

Access to Access

Deep Creek to Wagon Wheel Gap: 7.6 miles
Wagon Wheel Gap to Palisade Campground: 4.7 miles
Palisade Campground to Upper Coller: 2.1 miles
Upper Coller to Coller: 1.4 miles
Coller to Lower Coller: 2.1 miles
Lower Coller to South Fork Train Depot: 3.5 miles
South Fork Train Depot to Hanna Lane: 9.3 miles
Total Mileage: 30.7 miles

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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

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

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