Gore Canyon Rafting Trip

Advanced/Expert level (class IV/-V rapids)

Fitness Requirements

Full-day tour

Gore Cayon is Colorado’s premier Class V rafting trip. Widely considered one of America’s top 3 high-adventure rafting trips, this adventure will take you through a remote and pristine canyon. As the Colorado River carvers deep into the Gore Range, it creates numbers of world-class, class IV and V rapids. This is not a trip for the average paddler, as it is very demanding and requires a high level of stamina and fitness.


Enjoy top-of-the-line equipment, including a wetsuit and splash jacket — all included in the tour price

High Adventure, Expert level Rafting

Leave those worries behind with our certified and experienced guides that will help keep you safe and having a fantastic time


$205 per person


Advanced/Expert (class IV/-V rapids)

Departure times

9:00 AM

Meeting point

Downstream Adventures  – Upper Colorado River Outpost
200 W. Park Ave
Kremmling, CO 80459

Starting & ending points

Put in at Blue River and Colorado River Confluence, Kremmling, CO
Take out at Pumphouse Recreation Site, Kremmling, CO


August until mid-September


6.5 hours total

Participation requirements

Participants must be 16 years or older.


  •  Transportation from our outpost to the river and back
  • Excellent white water rafts and safety equipment
  • Wetsuit and splash jacket if necessary
  • Custom-fit PFD (personal flotation device or life jacket)
  • Helmet
  • Dry bag for necessary items like medication
  • Food, snacks, and beverages

Note: Neoprene bootie rentals are available for $5 per person.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit or non-cotton shorts
  • Shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet (tennis shoes or sport sandals are great)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and Sunglasses are nice to have
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Your excitement and enthusiasm!

For more information, check out our recommendations on rafting safety & basics.

About your guide

One of our certified and highly trained river guides will accompany you on your Upper Colorado River rafting tour. Read more about our guides!



Expert-guided whitewater rafting in Gore Canyon, Colorado

Come join us for the wild ride through Gore Canyon. Likened to paddling through the gates of Mordor, this 10- mile run takes you through numerous class IV & V rapids. This deep canyon with sheer walls is one of the most unique stretches of river in Colorado and does not disappoint. This trip is not a trip for everyone and participants should have previous rafting experience with a high level of fitness.


Gore Canyon of the Colorado River

Gore Canyon is known for its challenging rapids and scenic beauty, making it a thrilling and exhilarating experience for rafting enthusiasts. Considered one of the most challenging commercial rafting trips in the country, it is important to assess your own rafting experience and physical fitness before embarking on this trip. All participants will perform a series of swim tests (including swimming through a class 3 rapid, then back to shore) before proceeding to the larger rapids.

Good to Know

Why Gore Canyon Rafting?
The Upper Colorado River is a wild and scenic river and breathtaking vistas are in abundance on this stretch of water. This is considered one of the most popular high-adventure rafting trips in America.

Our location
Downstream Adventures’ Kremmling Outpost is nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies less than an hour from Winter Park, Grandby, Estes Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Steamboat Springs. The views along the drive are nearly as stunning as what you will experience on the river!

What you’ll see
The Upper Colorado River is a place of stunning beauty. Rich with natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife, the Upper C is a nature lover’s paradise. Keep an eye peeled for deer, big-horn sheep, pronghorn, elk, moose, bear, otters, bald eagles, and many other migratory birds.

Qualifications of our guides
At Downstream Adventures, we guarantee that all of our guides are highly qualified and experienced. Each guide has been certified in CPR/first aid and trained in life-saving swiftwater rescue techniques, and that’s just our minimum requirement! All of our full-time guides have surpassed the highest level of guide qualification recognized by the state of Colorado (level 3).

Our guides are some of the most experienced in Colorado and are skilled in Swift-Water Rescue and precision boat control. Of course, you are entering a wild and natural environment and there are risks involved, but we at Downstream Adventures take great pride in making trip safety our top priority.

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