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South Canyon


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The South Canyon of the Colorado River is a mild and bouncy class II section, which includes the Glenwood Whitewater Park. This is a fun little stretch that makes nice addition to the upriver sections.

Recommended Trips on South Canyon – Upper Colorado River:
At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section. However, just upstream in Glenwood Springs Canyon, there are many different trip options. 

Trip Name: 1/4, Half & Full Day
Sections Included: Glenwood Springs Canyon
Outfitter: Defiance Rafting 
Learn More: raftdefiance.com ~ 970.404.3022

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

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 5712′ to 5539′
Average Gradient: 12.8′ per mile

Access to Access

Two Rivers Park to South Canyon: 5.0 miles
South Canyon to New Castle #1: 5.0 miles
New Castle #1 to New Castle #2: 3.5 miles
Total Mileage: 13.5 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 ~ www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html

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

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