Gore Canyon is a 3-mile isolated canyon along the upper Colorado River, just southwest of Kremmling. The canyon was created by the Colorado River after many years of passing the northern end of the Gore Mountain Range. The walls of Gore Canyon are roughly 1000 feet on both sides and make for expansive rocky views above. This spot is road-less and inaccessible by most traffic — but Amtrak’s California Zephyr travels through if you would like to see the canyon’s craggy walls and rushing river by train.
Gore Canyon Rafting
Gore Canyon is known for its class V whitewater rapids, which are among the most challenging in the state. In the 19th century, many considered Gore Canyon unnavigable by boat. Today, expert kayakers and rafters frequent the canyon. Each year in August, seasoned paddlers race in Gore Fest — and supporters come, camp and to watch them traverse the rushing rapids. Some say that Gore Canyon has the wildest commercially available whitewater rafting in the state of Colorado, and perhaps in the nation.
This is not a recommended route for inexperienced rafters and boaters. Get in touch with a local rafting guide to get an expert aboard for your first expedition.
The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park at Pumphouse is a “park and play” whitewater feature on the Colorado River. Kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, boaters and anglers can camp, explore and enjoy the diverse rapids of the upper Colorado River.
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