Gunnison River

Enjoy two days of tranquility while traveling through the impressive sandstone walls of the Gunnison River. Soak up the scenery from your kayak and/or command your own Stand-Up paddle Board, while a support raft carries all the amenities for a night on the river. This trip is ideal for novice kayakers and Paddle boarders. The class II Gunnison River gently carves its way through canyon country, while passing such notable tributaries as Dominguez and Escalante Canyons. Named for the Spanish Jesuits that first explored the area in 1777, Dominguez and Escalante Canyons are rich in history, wildlife, and scenery. Cottonwood stands along the river provide nesting habitat for herons and songbirds, while deer, desert bighorn sheep, and large game can be seen along the banks. Native American rock-art, and a spectacular granite gorge can be found two miles up Big Dominguez canyon.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Meet your guide staff at the designated put-in at Escalante Canyon Bridge, located 35 miles south of Grand Junction, CO and enjoy a continental breakfast before packing your dry bags and loading the gear in the support rafts.Run a car shuttle to the Whitewater takeout & return to the put-in for the safety talk and paddling instructions before launching. Shortly after launching, you will begin paddling past the towering red sandstone walls of Escalante Canyon.Enjoy the thrill of paddling through Hail Mary’s Rapid (or you can choose to skirt around the side). Paddle downriver until approximately noon and enjoy lunch on the river’s edge, maybe catching a glimpse of an eagle or a desert sheep. After lunch you will paddle past Undertaker Rock & enter the majestic Dominguez Canyon, a Wilderness Study Area. You will stop for a short hike in Dominguez Canyon where you may see ancient Indian petroglyphs, waterfalls, pools, & wildlife.  After the hike we will set-up camp followed by happy hour where you will enjoy cheese, crackers and beverages of your choice.Dinner is served around 7 p.m. followed by campfire activities.
Day 2: You will break down camp after a hearty breakfast and paddle out of the majestic Dominguez Canyon where the scenery begins to turn much greener with vegetation. After numerous water fights, river barging, joke telling, & just having good fun, you typically reach the Whitewater takeout between 2-4 p.m.
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