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Gunnison River - Gunnison Gorge

Basics
Location:
Put-in is near Black Canyon NP north of Montrose
Class:
Class II to IV
River Length
14 miles
Time:
Full Day or Multi Day
Season:
June to August

Description

Starting from the west border of Black Canyon National Park, the Gunnison River winds through spectacular scenery as it cuts through some of the oldest exposed rock in the country. The trout fishing in these waters is excellent, earning the national designation of Gold Medal Waters.

Keen-eyed rafters might also spot river otters, bighorn sheep, and bald eagles. Several challenging rapids round out the trip with wet thrills, making this one of the best trips in western Colorado. The isolation of the route is emphasized by the river's lack of road access; you must walk down a 1 mile trail to the access point.

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River Details

Class:
Class II to IV
River Length
14 miles
Time
Full Day or Multi Day
Season:
June to August
Guides Available?
Yes

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