Rafting

Taylor River

The Taylor River rafting trips offer something for every member of your group or family, from mild to wild. This is a scenic narrow river that meanders through the Taylor Canyon. You travel through areas where the canyon walls rise straight up from the river banks and often there are bighorn sheep sightings along the river. If you are lucky, you may even see elk, deer, an occasional black bear or moose.

All trips meet at Three Rivers Resort 30 minutes prior to trip time. To save time at check-in, be sure to complete your electronic waiver, sent in your confirmation email and have everyone in your party do the same. Or download the WAIVER FORM here and bring it with you for your trip. Once you have booked your trip, you may wish to watch this informational Safety Video.  At the beginning of each trip you will hear a similar safety talk from your guides.

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Upper Taylor:
Initiation to South Bank

Price: $65 per person

Trip Times: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Class: III+

River Distance: 5 miles

Total trip time: 2+ hours

This is our most popular rafting trip. With plenty of whitewater, this trip will get you wet! Everyone in the boat paddles while our guides give the commands. It is great fun and no experience is necessary. Minimum age is 12 years old. There may be exceptions depending on the time of year and water levels. Arrive at Three Rivers Resort 30-45 minutes in advance of trip time. **To save time at check-in, download waivers from this page and bring them completed with you, or click on the link in your confirmation to sign electronically. It can be very busy during raft check-in so we ask you to please be on time!**

INCLUDES EVERYTHING: Paddle top/pants or wetsuit, booties, round trip transportation from Three Rivers Resort, 3% U.S. Forest Service Fee, Splash Flash Photography services with option to purchase photos (during peak season).

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Upper Taylor Extender:
Initiation to 5 mile

Price: $85 per person

Trip Times: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Class: III+

River Distance: 7.5 miles

Total trip time: 2.5 hours on water; 3.5 hrs including shuttle time

Make the Upper Taylor fun last longer with our premier whitewater raft trip. It begins in the same place as the Upper Taylor trip but you will have 2.5 more miles of whitewater fun and the opportunity to float through the entire Middle Taylor with more whitewater and scenic beauty. Minimum age is 12 years old. There may be exceptions depending on the time of year and water levels. Arrive at Three Rivers Resort 30-45 minutes in advance of trip time. **To save time at check-in, download waivers from this page and bring them completed with you, or click on the link in your confirmation to sign electronically. It can be very busy during raft check-in so we ask you to please be on time!**

INCLUDES EVERYTHING: Paddle top/pants or wetsuit, booties, round trip transportation from Three Rivers Resort, 3% U.S. Forest Service Fee, Splash Flash Photography services with option to purchase photos (during peak season).

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Lower Taylor:
5 mile to Three Rivers Resort

Price: $55 per person 9+ yrs old
$50 per child 8 yrs old and younger

Trip Times: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Class: II

River Distance: 5 miles

Total trip time: 1.5 to 2 hours

This scenic float trip is a mild ride with just a few ripples along the way. It is a great option for families with young children or for anyone who would rather float than paddle. Our guides do all the work using an oar frame so you just sit back and enjoy the ride, however, paddle trips may be requested. No experience is necessary. All children should be of walking age, usually 2 years old but younger is ok if they can walk sufficiently on their own and weigh at least 30 lbs (for life jacket rating). Arrive at Three Rivers Resort 30-45 minutes prior to trip time. Do not wear jeans or heavy cotton clothing. Arrive at Three Rivers Resort 30-45 minutes in advance of trip time. **To save time at check-in, download waivers from this page and bring them completed with you, or click on the link in your confirmation to sign electronically. It can be very busy during raft check-in so we ask you to please be on time!**

Includes: Splash gear, booties, round trip transportation from Three Rivers Resort, 3% U.S. Forest Service Fee, Splash Flash Photography services with option to purchase photos (during peak season).

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Gunnison:
Request Only, minimum of 4

Price: $60 per person 9+ yrs old
$55 per child 8 yrs old and younger

Trip Times: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Class: II

River Distance: 10 miles

Total trip time: 3 hours

Float Trip: Almont to North Bridge
This trip is upon request only, as it is not one of our regular daily trips offered. It is a great option for those who would like to see the Gunnison country between Almont and the city of Gunnison. For families with young children, we suggest the Lower Taylor trip instead, as the Gunnison float tends to be a little long for the younger ones. We also offer this section of the Gunnison River as part of the Garlic Mike’s Float ‘n Dine package (see below). The Gunnison float offers a very mellow, easy float where our guides do all the work using an oar frame and you just sit back and enjoy the ride. No experience is necessary. Ideally, all children should be of walking age and weigh at least 30 lbs (for the life jacket rating). All trips meet at Three Rivers Resort 30-45 minutes prior to trip time. To save time at check-in, download our rafting waiver and have it completed upon arrival or click on the link in your confirmation to complete it electronically.

Includes: Booties, round trip transportation from Three Rivers Resort.

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Lake Fork
minimum of 4

Price: $150 per person

Trip Times:
Meet at Three Rivers Resort by 8 am.

Class: IV

River Distance: 10 miles

Total trip time: 1.5 hours for each run

If you like wild, you will love this adventure! We transport you 1 hr. to the Lake Fork of the Gunnison, near Lake City and then you run this wild water trip twice with lunch in-between. You have to hit this trip early, as it usually only runs through the end of June (maybe earlier or later, depending on water). On this trip, everybody paddles to the guide’s commands. You will get very wet and this is only recommended for those with rafting experience or for the very adventurous. Minimum age is 12 years old with rafting experience. All trips meet at Three Rivers Resort 30-45 minutes prior to trip time. To save time at check-in, download our rafting waiver and have it completed upon arrival.

Includes: Lunch, wetsuit, booties, helmet, round trip transportation from Three Rivers Resort.

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Exclusive Packages

Available Only Through Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting!

Float ‘n Dine!

Float ‘n Dine!

Enjoy the area’s only dinner cruise – Rocky Mountain style! Start out at Three Rivers Resort and enjoy a scenic float trip on the Gunnison River to Garlic Mike’s Restaurant. Then get ready to dine on a delicious Italian dinner. You will receive the float trip plus a voucher for up to $45 per adult and $20 per child 8-10 yrs old to be spent for dinner at Garlic Mike’s. If you spend more than the voucher, just pay the additional at the restaurant. Fees do not include gratuity for guide or server. Refunds are not given if spending is under the voucher amount. Available 7 nights a week with a minimum of 4 adults. Minimum age is 8 years old. Maximum # per trip is 18. For large groups, we will accommodate the raft trip at the package price but food must be worked out separately with Garlic Mike’s. **To save time at check-in, download waivers from this page and bring them completed with you, or click on the link in your confirmation to sign electronically. PLEASE BE ON TIME as we are coordinating groups coming from different directions. If you’re late, it holds everyone up.**

Price: $95 per person; $60 ages 8 to 10 years old

Includes: Float trip, vehicle shuttle and dinner vouchers but does not include gratuity for raft guide or server
Trip Time: Depart Three Rivers Resort by 4:45 pm (Meeting times vary depending on how we shuttle your vehicle to Garlic Mike’s); seating for dinner is 7 pm.
River Distance: 10 miles
Total Trip Time: approx. 2 hrs. for the raft ride

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Western Colorado University Camps

Western Colorado University Camps

We work in partnership with Western Colorado University to offer special raft pricing for summer athletic camp participants. Check with us or the athletic department for team deals!

Responsibility and Liability: River rafting, kayaking and fishing are adventure sports that involve risk. We cannot be responsible for lost or damaged articles or personal injury. We are fully bonded insured and licensed but you participate at your own risk and must sign a waiver of liability. Complete your electronic waiver sent in your confirmation email or download the WAIVER FORM here and bring it with you for your trip. Guides: All guides are certified to guide in Colorado and are trained in CPR/First Aid. We seek personable, educated and fun people but most of all our staff is trained thoroughly to keep you safe!

  • Reservations: Recommended for all trips. Group discounts available. Trips are available 7 days a week May-September, depending on water levels.
  • What to Wear: Clothes you don’t mind getting wet. On Class III and above, we do not allow denim. Quick-drying materials are best. Footwear must be worn at all times. River clothes and booties included with some trips.
Splash Flash Photography
During the peak season (mid-June through mid-August, otherwise upon request and based on photographer availability), Three Rivers Resort’s photographers will photograph every raft trip. View your pictures immediately after your trip and if you choose to buy one, choose from 5×7 prints, photo frames, and email photos.
If you were not able to purchase photos after your trip, you may always find them online and place your order here: Online Photos
Three Rivers Outfitting is a member of the Colorado River Outfitting Association and America outdoors. Colorado Outfitting License #389-Colorado River License #D0092. All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands unders special permit from the USFS, BLM &NPS. Three Rivers Outfitting is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider.

Rivers of Colorado

Colorado River Rafting Ultimate Guide

The good folks at Wilderness Aware Rafting have assembled this wonderful resource. A valuable tool for private boaters and recreational rafting enthusiasts alike, the Ultimate Guide to Colorado River Rafting has important information for everyone.