2 Day – Gunnison Gorge

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Gunnison River

Multi-Day

Intermediate Class III-IV

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.

Minimum Age

Minimum Age is 8 years old

Meeting Location

Gunnison River Pleasure Park

8949 Pleasure Park Rd,
Hotchkiss, CO 81419)

Arrival Time

8:15 AM

Launch Time

9:00 AM

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Trip Reviews

2 Day Raft Trip Was Unforgettable!

★★★★★
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I went on the 2 day Gunnison Gorge raft trip and had the most incredible time. I've been on a few multi-day trips, but this one takes the cake. The guides were very skilled, knowledgable, and friendly. The views were unforgettable and rapids thrilling. My favorite part was the waterfalls on the second day.

The Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip was great!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our family had a blast rafting bighorn sheep canyon! The river was perfect for our kids and the guide made it really fun. Thanks for an awesome ride!

Arkansas River Tours made my first rafting experience so memorable!

★★★★★
5 5 1
This was my first ever river rafting trip and Arkansas River Tours made it so memorable. Thank you so much for making me feel at home on the river!