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Gunnison River: Gunnison Gorge Whitewater Rafting in Colorado

Gunnison Gorge whitewater rafting

The Gunnison Gorge, below the Black Canyon National Park in western Colorado, is a 14 mile two day wilderness journey combining spectacular canyon scenery with one of Colorado’s finest Gold Medal fisheries. A mile hike down the Chukar Trail brings us to the river and the narrow canyon carved through the polished Protereozoic schist and gneiss formations. Mild rapids punctuate the crystal clear pools on the first day as we enter this secluded retreat. Our isolated camp provides a peaceful refuge to enjoy a sumptuous dinner after fishing or hiking.

The second day brings a narrowing canyon, a steeper gradient in the river and exciting pool-drop rapids that appear one right after another. Depending on the water level, these Class III rapids demand either intricate maneuvering or a wild dash through boat-swamping holes and waves. After the rush of whitewater rapids, the Hall of the River King envelops us in a mystical silence prior to the canyon walls receding to rolling sage hills. Our lunch stop at the Smith Fork provides a fun opportunity to explore the waterfalls and drop pools in this side canyon. The whitewater rafting trip concludes at the confluence with the North Fork.


  • GROUP SIZE: Limited to 12 including the guides. Your group may be 8-9 people for a whitewater trip.
  • COST: $ 495 per person for a 2 day whitewater trip.   Rates do not include 3% BLM permit fees and $ 5 per day wilderness camping fees.
  • 2017 DATES:
  • May 20 – 22 – John Fielder Photography Workshop
  • May 25 – 26
  •  August 26 – 27
  • September 6 – 7 and 9 – 10.
  • May through September – custom launches may be available for your group of 6 to 9.

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Gunnison Gorge whitewater raftingFISHING: The Gunnison River is world famous for its prolific German Brown and Rainbow trout population with more fish per mile than any other Colorado river. Float fishing is the only way to access several prime holding areas in the canyon. Our fishing trips are usually 3 days to allow plenty of time to walk-wade early in the morning and into the evening from camp after a day of fishing from our rafts at a leisurely pace. A valid Colorado license is required. We limit anglers to 2 per boat plus the guide. A list of necessary flies is available. Visit our fishing page for more information.


The Gunnison River Pleasure Park is our meeting point on the first day of the trip at 7:30 am. The do have rustic cabins and camping available. Their number is 970-872-2525. They are located 14 miles north of Delta on CO HWY 92.  Other motels are available in Delta, CO about 14 miles from the GRPP.

Read about the recent ruling protecting water flows in the Black Canyon and the Gunnison Gorge at Gunnison River water flows.

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