Raft the headwaters of the Rio Grande

Upper Box


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Upper Box stretch of the Rio Grande River.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Upper Box – Rio Grande River:

At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section.

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

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Rio Grande River – Upper Box Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 9310′ to 8999′
Average Gradient: 26.0′ per mile

Access to Access

Thirty Mile Campground to River Hill Campground: 5 miles
River Hill Campground to Texas Creek: 7 miles
Total Mileage: 12 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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