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Taylor River


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taylor river overview

The Taylor River, as it descends the western slope of the continental divide is surrounded by beautiful alpine scenery including views of the Collegiate Peaks. Beginning below the Taylor Park Reservoir this river is one of the fastest in the state. Choose from sections featuring continuous class three and four whitewater or the milder class two lower sections as the Taylor flows towards the East River, forming the headwaters of the Gunnison River.

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

White Water Rafting Trips on the Taylor River:

Trip Lengths: 1/4, 1/2 & Full Day
Outfitter: 3 Rivers Resort
Learn More: ~ 970.641.1303

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

taylor river sections

Taylor Canyon
Class III-IV 
Short, yet action-packed section of white water all within a beautiful high elevation granite canyon.

Lower Taylor River
Class II-III 
Continuous, yet mild section of whitewater upstream of Almont set against gorgeous alpine scenery; this is a section that can be enjoyed by variety of skill levels.



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 Taylor River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Taylor River 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 ~

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

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