Calm float section

Lower Gore Canyon


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Although a long stretch, there are several access points on this section allowing you to modify the length of your trip. What this section lacks in rapids it makes up for with great fishing, campgrounds and smaller crowds.

Recommended Trips on Lower Gore Canyon – Upper Colorado River:

Trip Name: Lower Gore Canyon
Sections Included: Lower Gore Canyon
Outfitter: Sage Outdoor Adventures
Learn More: ~ 970.476.3700

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Lower 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 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 – Little Gore Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class I-II (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6746′ to 6129′
Average Gradient: 14.3′ per mile

Access to Access

State Bridge to Catamount Bridge: 14 miles
Catamount Bridge to Burns: 5 miles
Burns to Derby: 1 miles
Derby to Pinball Point: 2.5 miles
Pinball Point to Alamo Creek: 5.5 miles
Alamo Creek to Lyons Gulch: 11 miles
Lyons Gulch to Dotsero: 4 miles
Total Mileage: 43 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 (Lower Gore, Dotsero and South Canyon) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Silt, 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 – Colorado River Valley Field Office
    2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652
    970.876.9000 ~

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

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