Colorado rafting options can be overwhelming. I believe there are several reasons why the Taylor River is one of Colorado’s hidden gems. The Taylor is truly a best kept secret for Colorado rafting. With trips ranging from leisurely float to fast-paced rapids, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Additionally, the Taylor River is dam-controlled so river trips are available all summer long from May through September.
Unlike many high-volume western rivers, the Taylor is a medium-sized river that requires precise boat maneuvering to navigate. Whether it’s springtime at high flows, or the fall at lower flows – this type of technical rafting presents a unique experience.
As a Colorado native, I have had the opportunity to raft many rivers across the state. I can tell you honestly that the Taylor River is at the top of the list for natural beauty. The granite canyon walls are an impressive backdrop for frequent sightings of wildlife: bighorn sheep, hawks, elk and even the occasional bear or moose. As you peer into those eddies, you may also find a trout looking back at you.
When planning vacation activities, you want to make sure no detail is missed to ensure your family has the best experience. I’ve worked with many outfitters and have seen none more thorough and well-rounded than Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting in Almont. From Crested Butte, a quick and scenic 20 minute drive takes you to your rafting check-in. From Gunnison it’s a quick 10 minute drive. The trips include everything you’ll need: splash gear or wetsuits if wanted, life jacket, neoprene booties for feet, transportation, a photographer, safety information, and a professional guide. If you’ve forgotten anything, you can probably grab it at the Three Rivers store. After rafting, unwind at the Three Rivers Smokehouse restaurant with home-smoked BBQ and a cold beverage. Contact Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting at: 970-641-1303 or www.3iversresort.com.
If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful river to raft with the whole family, check out the Taylor River in Almont. Many who discover this gem end up repeat visitors for years!
By: Patrick Blackdale is a Fly Fishing Guide at Three Rivers Resort in Almont, Colorado. 970-641-1303