Steep, fast-paced and technical rapids



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ouray overview

As the Uncompahgre River cuts through mountain town of Ouray, it takes on a fast-paced, continuous and technical character. Plentiful holes and technical boulder gardens dot the river as it flows past the Ouray hot-springs and heads north towards the town of Ridgway.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Ouray section – Uncompahgre 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 Uncompahgre River. Information regarding the Uncompahgre 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!

ouray sections

Uncompahgre River – Ouray Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class IV-V (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7767′ to 7248′
Average Gradient: 100.8′ per mile

Access to Access

Ouray to Beige Bridge: 2.6 miles
Beige Bridge to KOA: 2.2 miles
Total Mileage: 4.8 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 Uncompahgre River Self-Guided Boaters:

  • 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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ALL rafting trips will begin on June 1st, 2020 for non-resident visitors to Chaffee County. Click here for more info.