Gunnison River Rafting

This white water rafting trip begins at the Tail Race Fishery below the Blue Mesa Project with our Gunnison River guides. Accessible only by foot or horseback, a rafting trip on the Gunnison River is a wilderness experience of the finest caliber for those who are willing to go the extra mile.  The one-mile hike down to the riverbank with peregrine falcons souring above you is not to be missed and the solitude and unspoiled beauty of this river make this trip truly a unique river experience.

The narrow river corridor of the Gunnison Gorge creates exciting white water thrills river rafting in Colorado as the rapids wind into the 2,800ft high walls of Black Canyon. Trust our experienced Gunnison Gorge guides for your rafting experience!

Also, this river’s malachite green waters have been awarded “Gold Medal” status for rainbow, brown, cutthroat and cuttbow trout fishing, if this is of interest be sure to look at our Gunnison River Fishing Trip Option!

GUNNISON RIVER: Gunnison Gorge - 1 Day Rafting & Kayaking Tour
THE GUNNISON RIVER GORGE (CO) “THE BABY GRAND” -1 Day or Overnight trips: Whitewater Rafting Class II-III – It is a hidden jewel, off the beaten path, tucked deep in steep granite walls below the Black Canyon National Park. The Gunnison River is a sportsman’s and WHITEWATER paddler’s paradise. The clear, cold waters of the Gunnison have been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. Its narrow river corridor creates exciting class III whitewater action on a river that has been included into the National Park System in 2003.
Accessible only by foot, the Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile down to the river launch. A trip to the canyon floor requires a hike of one mile down a medium steep trail. Guests are expected to carry their personal gear in back packs provided by DVK. With every step, the wilderness feeling deepens. The solitude and scenery found at the canyon floor make the hike down worth every step. Enter the wilderness world of the Gunnison Gorge for a whitewater rafting or kayaking trip of one to three days.
PRE& POST TRIP ARRANGEMENTS:
The meeting place for a Gunnison Gorge trip is the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park (this is the finish point of the trip). This is midway between Hotchkiss and Delta, Colorado. Travel 14 miles east on Hwy. #92 coming from Hotchkiss. Look for the Gunnison Forks sign on the south side of the road and follow the dirt road south near this sign one mile to the Pleasure Park.

You will rendezvous with your guide at approximately 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the first day of your trip. Meet in the parking lot behind the kiosk. Your guide will provide you with a small 14″ diameter by 22″ high waterproof bag (backpack straps attached) to transfer your overnight gear into. You will carry your bag, along with your life jacket and any fishing gear you bring, down into the Gorge. This is a hike of one mile which drops over 2,000 feet and usually takes 25 – 35 minutes. Weather is usually hot and we carry drinking water for hiking.
Your vehicle will be left at the Pleasure Park and monitored by the people who operate this establishment. We will be taking out on the beach about 100 yards from the parking lot mid- to late afternoon on the last day of your trip.

Our 4 wheel drive takes about 1½ hours from the Pleasure Park to the trail head into the Gunnison Gorge. An additional hour is generally required to hike down to the river, rig the remaining gear to boats and do the safety and environmental orientation of the Gunnison Gorge.
Lunch is usually 1 – 2 miles downstream between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. therefore plan on eating a hearty breakfast before your morning meeting time. Food is available at the Pleasure Park Kiosk. They have flies, lures and miscellaneous fishing tackle, as well as an assortment of pop and beer.

GETTING TO THE GUNNISON GORGE
BY PLANE: FLY INTO MONTROSE, CO AIRPORT: You can call your lodging to arrange airport pick up or rental cars are available. Dvorak’s by arrangement will pick you up at your lodge on the 1st day of the trip time to be determined. (See your personal arranged details on confirmation notes).

GRAND JUNCTION AIRPORT: (served by United, Maverick and other airlines) and rent a car for the 1½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park. Take Hwy. #50 south 50 miles to Delta, then east on Hwy. #92, 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

Alternately DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: (served by most major airlines) and rent a car for the 4½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks rendezvous. Take Interstate #70 west to Glenwood Springs. Turn south on Hwy. #82 and go 12 miles to Carbondale, then southwest 60 miles on Hwy. #33 to Hotchkiss. Continue on for 6 miles on Hwy. #92 to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

BY CAR: From the North: Follow directions for air travelers from either Grand Junction or Denver.
From the South: Take Hwy. #50 north from Montrose 20 miles to Delta, then Hwy. #92 east 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.
SHUTTLE: A round trip van shuttle is available for groups only from Grand Junction, CO – request rates.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END
You will arrive back at your vehicle at the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park mid to late afternoon of the last day of your trip. Although you can usually make a connecting flight home from Grand Junction after 7:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays your arrival in Denver. Remember, “River Time” is unpredictable.
ACCOMMODATIONS – We recommend the following for pre and post trip
* Gunnison River Pleasure Park – (970) 872-2525 MEETING LOCATION – On the Gunnison River -Camping and Cabins at the finish point and meeting location for your Gunnison River trip.

*** Best Western Red Arrow Motel @ 25 miles from meeting point
1702 E. Main St. (Highway 50)
Montrose, CO 81401
(800) 468-9323 or
(970) 249-9641

** Hotchkiss Inn @ 7 miles from the meeting point
406 Highway 143
Hotchkiss, Co 81419
(970)872-2200
OPTIONAL: See our custom fishing trips for rates & dates “GOLD MEDAL FISHING”

Designated a Gold Medal Trout fishery, the Gunnison is one of those legendary stretches that is known throughout the west. Avid anglers speak about this one in whispers around the campfire. “The Home of the Lunkar Trout” it offers both Browns and Rainbows.
The primary reason for this reputation is the river’s inaccessibility. There are only three trails leading into the Gunnison Gorge giving access to approximately one mile of bank fishing at each trail head. The only way to fish the entire corridor is float fishing. Our CUSTOM fishing trips put two anglers and one guide in each raft. This allows you to fish downstream at your own pace. To allow for adequate time for fishing and full enjoyment of the canyon, it is best to plan a three day trip.
Special regulations are in effect to protect the fishery which allows only one fish over 16″ and two under 12″ to be kept. Fly and lures only. We encourage everyone to catch and release. A valid Colorado fishing license is required.
ADDITIONAL FISHING TRIP OPTIONS WITH DVK: We also set up custom trout fishing trips in other Colorado and Wyoming on some of the best trout rivers in the U.S. (Request more information on these trips). See special fishing sheets for custom trips, type of flies, etc.

From $274 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

GUNNISON RIVER: Gunnison Gorge - 2 Day Rafting & Kayaking Tour
THE GUNNISON RIVER GORGE (CO) “THE BABY GRAND” -1 Day or Overnight trips: Whitewater Rafting Class II-III –

It is a hidden jewel, off the beaten path, tucked deep in steep granite walls below the Black Canyon National Park. The Gunnison River is a sportsman’s and WHITEWATER paddler’s paradise. The clear, cold waters of the Gunnison have been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. Its narrow river corridor creates exciting class III whitewater action on a river that has been included into the National Park System in 2003.

Accessible only by foot, the Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile down to the river launch. A trip to the canyon floor requires a hike of one mile down a medium steep trail. Guests are expected to carry their personal gear in back packs provided by DVK. With every step, the wilderness feeling deepens. The solitude and scenery found at the canyon floor make the hike down worth every step. Enter the wilderness world of the Gunnison Gorge for a whitewater rafting or kayaking trip of one to three days.
PRE& POST TRIP ARRANGEMENTS:

The meeting place for a Gunnison Gorge trip is the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park (this is the finish point of the trip). This is midway between Hotchkiss and Delta, Colorado. Travel 14 miles east on Hwy. #92 coming from Hotchkiss. Look for the Gunnison Forks sign on the south side of the road and follow the dirt road south near this sign one mile to the Pleasure Park.

You will rendezvous with your guide at approximately 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the first day of your trip. Meet in the parking lot behind the kiosk. Your guide will provide you with a small 14″ diameter by 22″ high waterproof bag (backpack straps attached) to transfer your overnight gear into. You will carry your bag, along with your life jacket and any fishing gear you bring, down into the Gorge. This is a hike of one mile which drops over 2,000 feet and usually takes 25 – 35 minutes. Weather is usually hot and we carry drinking water for hiking.
Your vehicle will be left at the Pleasure Park and monitored by the people who operate this establishment. We will be taking out on the beach about 100 yards from the parking lot mid- to late afternoon on the last day of your trip.

Our 4 wheel drive takes about 1½ hours from the Pleasure Park to the trail head into the Gunnison Gorge. An additional hour is generally required to hike down to the river, rig the remaining gear to boats and do the safety and environmental orientation of the Gunnison Gorge.
Lunch is usually 1 – 2 miles downstream between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. therefore plan on eating a hearty breakfast before your morning meeting time. Food is available at the Pleasure Park Kiosk. They have flies, lures and miscellaneous fishing tackle, as well as an assortment of pop and beer.

GETTING TO THE GUNNISON GORGE
BY PLANE: FLY INTO MONTROSE, CO AIRPORT: You can call your lodging to arrange airport pick up or rental cars are available. Dvorak’s by arrangement will pick you up at your lodge on the 1st day of the trip time to be determined. (See your personal arranged details on confirmation notes).

GRAND JUNCTION AIRPORT: (served by United, Maverick and other airlines) and rent a car for the 1½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park. Take Hwy. #50 south 50 miles to Delta, then east on Hwy. #92, 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

Alternately DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: (served by most major airlines) and rent a car for the 4½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks rendezvous. Take Interstate #70 west to Glenwood Springs. Turn south on Hwy. #82 and go 12 miles to Carbondale, then southwest 60 miles on Hwy. #33 to Hotchkiss. Continue on for 6 miles on Hwy. #92 to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

BY CAR: From the North: Follow directions for air travelers from either Grand Junction or Denver.
From the South: Take Hwy. #50 north from Montrose 20 miles to Delta, then Hwy. #92 east 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.
SHUTTLE: A round trip van shuttle is available for groups only from Grand Junction, CO – request rates.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END
You will arrive back at your vehicle at the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park mid to late afternoon of the last day of your trip. Although you can usually make a connecting flight home from Grand Junction after 7:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays your arrival in Denver. Remember, “River Time” is unpredictable.
ACCOMMODATIONS – We recommend the following for pre and post trip
* Gunnison River Pleasure Park – (970) 872-2525 MEETING LOCATION – On the Gunnison River -Camping and Cabins at the finish point and meeting location for your Gunnison River trip.

*** Best Western Red Arrow Motel @ 25 miles from meeting point
1702 E. Main St. (Highway 50)
Montrose, CO 81401
(800) 468-9323 or
(970) 249-9641

** Hotchkiss Inn @ 7 miles from the meeting point
406 Highway 143
Hotchkiss, Co 81419
(970)872-2200
OPTIONAL: See our custom fishing trips for rates & dates “GOLD MEDAL FISHING”
Designated a Gold Medal Trout fishery, the Gunnison is one of those legendary stretches that is known throughout the west. Avid anglers speak about this one in whispers around the campfire. “The Home of the Lunkar Trout” it offers both Browns and Rainbows.
The primary reason for this reputation is the river’s inaccessibility. There are only three trails leading into the Gunnison Gorge giving access to approximately one mile of bank fishing at each trail head. The only way to fish the entire corridor is float fishing. Our CUSTOM fishing trips put two anglers and one guide in each raft. This allows you to fish downstream at your own pace. To allow for adequate time for fishing and full enjoyment of the canyon, it is best to plan a three day trip.
Special regulations are in effect to protect the fishery which allows only one fish over 16″ and two under 12″ to be kept. Fly and lures only. We encourage everyone to catch and release. A valid Colorado fishing license is required.

ADDITIONAL FISHING TRIP OPTIONS WITH DVK: We also set up custom trout fishing trips in other Colorado and Wyoming on some of the best trout rivers in the U.S. (Request more information on these trips). See special fishing sheets for custom trips, type of flies, etc.

From $515 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

GUNNISON RIVER: Gunnison Gorge - 3 Day Rafting & Kayaking Tour
THE GUNNISON RIVER GORGE (CO) “THE BABY GRAND” -1 Day or Overnight trips: Whitewater Rafting Class II-III –

It is a hidden jewel, off the beaten path, tucked deep in steep granite walls below the Black Canyon National Park. The Gunnison River is a sportsman’s and WHITEWATER paddler’s paradise. The clear, cold waters of the Gunnison have been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. Its narrow river corridor creates exciting class III whitewater action on a river that has been included into the National Park System in 2003.
Accessible only by foot, the Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile down to the river launch. A trip to the canyon floor requires a hike of one mile down a medium steep trail. Guests are expected to carry their personal gear in back packs provided by DVK. With every step, the wilderness feeling deepens. The solitude and scenery found at the canyon floor make the hike down worth every step. Enter the wilderness world of the Gunnison Gorge for a whitewater rafting or kayaking trip of one to three days.
PRE& POST TRIP ARRANGEMENTS:
The meeting place for a Gunnison Gorge trip is the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park (this is the finish point of the trip). This is midway between Hotchkiss and Delta, Colorado. Travel 14 miles east on Hwy. #92 coming from Hotchkiss. Look for the Gunnison Forks sign on the south side of the road and follow the dirt road south near this sign one mile to the Pleasure Park.

You will rendezvous with your guide at approximately 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the first day of your trip. Meet in the parking lot behind the kiosk. Your guide will provide you with a small 14″ diameter by 22″ high waterproof bag (backpack straps attached) to transfer your overnight gear into. You will carry your bag, along with your life jacket and any fishing gear you bring, down into the Gorge. This is a hike of one mile which drops over 2,000 feet and usually takes 25 – 35 minutes. Weather is usually hot and we carry drinking water for hiking.
Your vehicle will be left at the Pleasure Park and monitored by the people who operate this establishment. We will be taking out on the beach about 100 yards from the parking lot mid- to late afternoon on the last day of your trip.

Our 4 wheel drive takes about 1½ hours from the Pleasure Park to the trail head into the Gunnison Gorge. An additional hour is generally required to hike down to the river, rig the remaining gear to boats and do the safety and environmental orientation of the Gunnison Gorge.
Lunch is usually 1 – 2 miles downstream between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. therefore plan on eating a hearty breakfast before your morning meeting time. Food is available at the Pleasure Park Kiosk. They have flies, lures and miscellaneous fishing tackle, as well as an assortment of pop and beer.

GETTING TO THE GUNNISON GORGE
BY PLANE: FLY INTO MONTROSE, CO AIRPORT: You can call your lodging to arrange airport pick up or rental cars are available. Dvorak’s by arrangement will pick you up at your lodge on the 1st day of the trip time to be determined. (See your personal arranged details on confirmation notes).

GRAND JUNCTION AIRPORT: (served by United, Maverick and other airlines) and rent a car for the 1½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park. Take Hwy. #50 south 50 miles to Delta, then east on Hwy. #92, 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

Alternately DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: (served by most major airlines) and rent a car for the 4½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks rendezvous. Take Interstate #70 west to Glenwood Springs. Turn south on Hwy. #82 and go 12 miles to Carbondale, then southwest 60 miles on Hwy. #33 to Hotchkiss. Continue on for 6 miles on Hwy. #92 to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

BY CAR: From the North: Follow directions for air travelers from either Grand Junction or Denver.
From the South: Take Hwy. #50 north from Montrose 20 miles to Delta, then Hwy. #92 east 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.
SHUTTLE: A round trip van shuttle is available for groups only from Grand Junction, CO – request rates.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END
You will arrive back at your vehicle at the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park mid to late afternoon of the last day of your trip. Although you can usually make a connecting flight home from Grand Junction after 7:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays your arrival in Denver. Remember, “River Time” is unpredictable.
ACCOMMODATIONS – We recommend the following for pre and post trip
* Gunnison River Pleasure Park – (970) 872-2525 MEETING LOCATION – On the Gunnison River -Camping and Cabins at the finish point and meeting location for your Gunnison River trip.

*** Best Western Red Arrow Motel @ 25 miles from meeting point
1702 E. Main St. (Highway 50)
Montrose, CO 81401
(800) 468-9323 or
(970) 249-9641

** Hotchkiss Inn @ 7 miles from the meeting point
406 Highway 143
Hotchkiss, Co 81419
(970)872-2200

OPTIONAL: See our custom fishing trips for rates & dates “GOLD MEDAL FISHING”
Designated a Gold Medal Trout fishery, the Gunnison is one of those legendary stretches that is known throughout the west. Avid anglers speak about this one in whispers around the campfire. “The Home of the Lunkar Trout” it offers both Browns and Rainbows.
The primary reason for this reputation is the river’s inaccessibility. There are only three trails leading into the Gunnison Gorge giving access to approximately one mile of bank fishing at each trail head. The only way to fish the entire corridor is float fishing. Our CUSTOM fishing trips put two anglers and one guide in each raft. This allows you to fish downstream at your own pace. To allow for adequate time for fishing and full enjoyment of the canyon, it is best to plan a three day trip.
Special regulations are in effect to protect the fishery which allows only one fish over 16″ and two under 12″ to be kept. Fly and lures only. We encourage everyone to catch and release. A valid Colorado fishing license is required.
ADDITIONAL FISHING TRIP OPTIONS WITH DVK: We also set up custom trout fishing trips in other Colorado and Wyoming on some of the best trout rivers in the U.S. (Request more information on these trips). See special fishing sheets for custom trips, type of flies, etc.

From $798 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM