Black Canyon of the Gunnison River Class IV
Gunnison Gorge Whitewater Rafting Vacation!
This 2-day adventure through the Gunnison Gorge in western Colorado
is adjacent to the newly created Black Canyon of the Gunnison National
Park. This 14-mile stretch of gold medal trout water has been nominated
for "Wild and Scenic River" designation. It also receives
expanded protection as a National Conservation Area. Here, below
the many dams of the national park, the clear green water slips
between spectacular towering black granite cliffs, dropping first
into glassy pools and them plunging into foaming rapids. Scenery
is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.
Getting to the river requires an easy mile-long hike down a narrow trail;
the boats and group gear are brought into the canyon on horseback
the day before the trip. You will need to carry your own personal
gear down the trail to the "put-in". The hike in is rewarded
with dramatic canyon scenery, picturesque views and remarkable solitude.
Each day has a mix of exciting whitewater and calm water float time.
Our camp for the night will be on a sandy or grassy bench where
you take a hike up toward the rim, or enjoy the world-class fishing,
or just kick back for a happy hour drink while you watch the river
Only two groups of twelve people per day are permitted to raft
the Gunnison Gorge, assuring you a quality wilderness experience.
Hiking, fishing, swimming and testing our skill in the rapids are
all part of what makes the Gunnison River a favorite of our guests
as well as our staff!
Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to departure time. This
allows you time to check in and relax before your trip departs.
| Gunnison River
*9% land and water access fee. Wilderness Aware, Inc. rents wetsuits,
wetshoes, splash jackets.
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Trip departs at 9:00 AM. Please arrive 30-45 minutes early in order
to pack your waterproof bag.
WHERE TO MEET
Gunnison River Pleasure Park - 1-888-782-7542. From Delta take
Highway 92 east for 14.2 miles (you'll pass the small town of Austin
after 6.9 miles). Turn right onto the dirt road (LN 2810) just after
mile marker 14 when you see the sign for the Gunnison Gorge National
Conservation Area and the Gunnison River Pleasure Park. Drive the
short distance down the hill and turn right into the large parking
lot where you'll see your guides and a Wilderness Aware van. The
guides will show you where you can leave your vehicle for the duration
of the trip.
In the upper right hand corner of this page, you can enter your location or a point that you know of and hit enter and google maps will open and show you a map to the meeting location and driving time.
Pre-trip information is available in .pdf format by clicking on
the trip name below.
Black Canyon, Gunnison
River Pre-Trip Information
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What to bring
* *Wetsuit (High water or rainy days)
* Wool or pyle sweater or polypro (loaners available)
* *Wetshoes OR wool socks and old tennis shoes
* *Splash jacket
* Swim suit and/or shorts
* Hat or visor
* Sunglasses with securing strap
* Securing strap for prescription glasses
* Sunscreen and lip protection
* Water bottle -optional
* Money for souvenirs and guide gratuity (if appropriate)
Can our group be on the same boat?
Up to seven guests plus the guide can paddle in a raft. We can take eight
people if someone is willing to ride in the middle of the raft as a passenger.
Groups larger than eight people must split between multiple rafts. We
can tell you at the time of your reservation if your group will need to
split up for other reasons.
Can I help paddle?
The paddle raft option is for our adventurous guests that want to have
a hand in the action. Here, you are part of a crew and must contribute
to the team effort in maneuvering the raft. The crew is captained by one
of our qualified guides.
Will you teach me how to paddle?
Before every trip we conduct an in-depth participant safety orientation
and paddling instruction. We regularly take first time rafters on most
of our trips.
Can I just hold on?
You may elect to ride in an oar boat where the guide has complete control
of the raft. This gives you freedom to admire the scenery and use both
hands for holding on. This is a nice option if you have young children
or senior citizens in your group. One or two non-paddling passengers may
also ride on a paddle raft.
A guide captains every boat. Our guides represent the most qualified
professionals in the industry. Guides must attend a 5-day interview trip
prior to being hired. They are thoroughly experienced in the techniques
of river running and are first-aid and CPR certified. Before guiding their
first commercial trip, our guides receive river training that far exceeds
the state requirement. What sets our guides apart is the personal attention
they give our participants. Our crew of fun loving professionals is dedicated
to making each and every trip the finest possible.
We regularly conduct interpretive workshops to provide our guides with
additional information on the natural, cultural, and political history
of the rivers we run. We are proud of our staff and we know you will enjoy
this fine group of people.
Is rafting safe?
Safety in any activity, including rafting, can never be guaranteed.
Wilderness Aware can assume no responsibility for personal injury or for
equipment lost or damaged in any way. We are, however, very proud of our
outstanding 25 year safety record. Your safety is always our primary concern.
If you cancel more than 10 days prior to trip departure, we will refund
your entire payment less a $5/person cancellation fee for 1/2 and 1-day
trips, and a $50/person cancellation fee for multi-day trips. If you cancel
less than 10 days prior to trip departure, there is no refund. Trips are
rarely cancelled due to river or weather conditions, or for lack of reservations.
If we cancel the trip you will receive a full refund.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
For a nominal fee, you may elect to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
This entitles you to a full refund if you cancel your trip 24 hours prior
to the trip departure. Receive a trip credit valid for one year if you
cancel less than 24 hours but not less than one hour before the trip departure
time. Trip cancellation insurance can be purchased through Wilderness
Are there any additional charges?
Optional rental equipment and guide gratuities are not included in the