Whitewater Sports

whitewater raft gunnison

Whitewater enthusiasts have been coming to float local rivers and streams in Gunnison, Crested Butte, Almont, and Taylor Canyon for years. Whitewater kayakers are known for hitting big drops like “Stupid Falls” or “Oh Be Joyful” in late spring, risking life and limb for the thrill of the river. Whitewater rafts, canoes, and even Stand Up Paddleboards dot the rivers, streams, and rapids throughout Gunnison County all summer long.

The Whitewater

Rafters flock to Taylor River in Almont in groups large and small to raft down this pristine river through the beautiful Taylor Canyon to Almont. Home to the Almont Resort and Three Rivers Resort, the Taylor Canyon acts as the hub of whitewater rafting in Gunnison County.

One of the largest tributaries to the Colorado River, the Gunnison River is made up of a network of steep creeks and streams. Our claim to fame is that we boast some of the steepest and fastest rivers in the West, but from Class I-VI, there is something for everyone. Mostly, folks come rafting on the Taylor and Gunnison Rivers for a half day thrill on Class II & III.

Gunnison Whitewater Park

The Gunnison Whitewater Park, home to the Gunnison River Festival every June, offers a great place to improve your skills. Features of varying levels of difficulty allow everyone from beginners to world-class experts to push themselves and learn new skills. This is a great place to practice, but it's also a great place for spectating! Watch boaters of varying skill levels hit the waves nearly every day throughout the summer!

Extreme Whitewater

Expert boaters looking for an extreme thrill may want to consider kayaking the Gunnison through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Full of strainers, class V+ rapids, and challenging portages, the Black Canyon offers some of the most dangerous kayaking in the world. If this sounds like something you need to check off your bucket list, remember you’re kayaking at your own risk.

Whitewater Raft Taylor River, Almont, Colorado
Whitewater adventure in the Gunnison Valley Going out on the water safely can require extensive knowledge and equipment. The rivers and streams can be unforgiving for the unprepared and uninitiated. Luckily, our local outfitters can set you up with... more
The two main rivers rafted in Gunnison County are the Taylor River and the Gunnison River. The steep Taylor offers a variety of fun, long rapids to shoot. However, due to its steep character and shallow water, only advanced rafters should raft or... more
Gunnison and Crested Butte are famed for some sick waterfall drops, and FAST slides in the spring run-off. A few of the favorites are Oh-Be-Joyful, the East, Spring Creek, Little Daisy, Cascade, Slate, Crystal, and of course the Black Canyon of the... more
Many people think of Stand Up Paddleboarding as a relaxing and peaceful way to get out and enjoy the water. For those looking to inject a little bit of "extreme" into their next SUPing adventure, consider hitting up some of the famed Gunnison-... more