Mild, remote rafting with great scenery

Norwood Canyon & The Ledges


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norwood canyon & the ledges overview

This more remote run of the San Miguel includes some mild but playful whitewater and a variety of scenery as you transition from an alpine to high elevation desert environment.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Norwood Canyon & The Ledges – San Miguel River:

Trip Name: Full Day Norwood Canyon
Sections Included: Norwood Canyon & The Ledges
Outfitter: Telluride Outside
Learn More: ~ 800.831.6230

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the San Miguel River. Information regarding the San Miguel 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!

norwood canyon & the ledges sections

San Miguel River – Norwood Canyon & The Ledges Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6660′ to 5833′
Average Gradient: 45.9′ per mile

Access to Access

Beaver Creek to Norwood Bridge: 1.9 miles
Norwood Bridge to Ledges: 13.2 miles
Ledges to Green Truss Bridge: 3.0 miles
Total Mileage: 18.0 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 San Miguel River Self-Guided Boaters:

The San Miguel is managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Montrose, 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 – Uncompahgre Field Office 
    2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401 
    970.240.5300 ~

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

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