Gore Canyon

Please note: Gore Canyon is not open for reservations at this time. 

Gore Canyon is the ultimate Class IV+ to V- (Advanced/Expert) whitewater rafting section in the state of Colorado. Close to the Vail area, this trip is for athletic adrenaline seekers who are looking to raft an intense and exciting stretch of river. Timberline Tours was the first company to begin running the Gore Canyon stretch of the Colorado River commercially in the early 1990s, and we’re excited to share this thrilling adventure with you. Please review the Gore Canyon Guidelines and Questionnaire to ensure that this trip is a good fit for you. Those who raft Gore Canyon must be strong swimmers and be in excellent physical condition; previous rafting experience highly recommended.

Minimum age and weight:

18 years old and at least 100 pounds

Note: Age and weight minimums can vary depending on water level. Please call us to discuss closer to your trip date.

Guests are required to review the Gore Canyon Guidelines and Questionnaire before participating in this trip.


Gore Canyon is NOT open for reservations at this time.


Class IV and V (Expert, very high intensity)


$2,200 per boat
Max 8 adults per boat
+ 12% land use fee

Approximate Door-to-Door Time:


These times include driving, check-in, gear-up, and training. Time on the river may vary.


Late August through mid-September


Lunch served riverside at the take-out.
Paddling & safety training.
Required rafting gear.

Learn More

What to Wear
Rafting Safety
Paddling Tips
Rafting History: Vail
River Ratings