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Upper Colorado River Rafting – Gore Canyon

Featuring powerful rapids, continuous technical maneuvering, big drops and waterfalls, Gore Canyon demands full attention from even the most experienced boater. Combined with the ominous setting of the deep, dark canyon, Gore Canyon is truly the ultimate class V rafting adventure. This section is not for the inexperienced.

Recommended Trips on Gore Canyon – Upper Colorado River:

Trip Name: Gore Canyon Half Day
Sections Included: Gore Canyon
Outfitter: Timberline Tours
Learn More: 800.831.1414 ~

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Gore Canyon section of the Upper Colorado River. Information regarding this section on this website is strictly informational. We offer trips just downstream on the milder Little Gore Canyon section. 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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Upper Colorado River – Gore Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class IV-V (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7342′ to 6948′
Average Gradient: 43.7′ per mile

Access to Access

Confluence of Blue/Colorado to Pumphouse Recreation Site: 9 miles
Total Mileage: 9 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 Upper Colorado River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Upper Colorado River (Gore and Little Gore Canyons) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Kremmling, 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 – Kremmling Field Office
    2103 E. Park Avenue, Po Box 68, Kremmling, CO 80459
    970.724.3000 ~

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

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