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As of Sept 1st, due to low flows, we are not longer taking reservations for paddling trips for the 2023 season.

Experience the Rio Grande! We offer guided half day river trips on the Upper Rio Grande river. The scenic sections of river we guide are Class II+ and fun for the whole family. Mountain Man Rafting was established in 1985 in Creede, CO and is still the only guided rafting company authorized to float the beautiful and fun stretches near Wagon Wheel Gap and Creede. Now part of Narrow Ridge, we continue to provide exceptional river trips. Let our professional guides share with you the wonders and excitement of rafting on the Upper Rio Grande river!

Half Day - Our Half Day trips are loads of fun. Choose either a 9am or 1pm trip. We provide Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), splash gear, and river booties. We run trips rain or shine!

Full Day - Our Full Day trips provide your group a more personalized experience. With just one or two rafts, your group will float between 15 and 20 miles, enjoy a gourmet sandwich lunch, and get to spend the day taking it all in!

Photos - Our shuttle drivers and guides will take a variety of photos of your trip. These pictures will be available for purchase within two days of your trip. 

Reservations - We recommend that you book your trip well in well in advance. Booking online is easy and encouraged. You are welcome to also call us to make your reservation 719-873-0188

Half Day Guided Rafting

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Location -  We guide a few different sections of the Upper Rio Grande throughout the season. Most frequently we float the scenic and fun Wagon Wheel Gap section. All trips meet & end at our headquarters in South Fork.

Duration - Morning trips leave at 9am & return by noon. Afternoon trips leave at 1pm & return by 4pm. We usually float between 6.5 to 10 miles and are on the water for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Cost -

  • $65 per adult and $55 per child 12 & under

  • Gratuity is appreciated!

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Full Day Guided Rafting

Location - We typically launch at Deep Creek near Creede, stop at the Wagon Wheel Gap for lunch and then continue down to the Coller State Wildlife Areas. But there are a number of sections we float depending on flows and group interest. All trips meet & end at our headquarters in South Fork.

Duration - Full Day trips depart between 9am and 10am. We are usually back between 4:30pm and 5pm. We like to float around 15-20 miles and spend about 5 hours on the water for our Full Day trips.

Cost - One or two rafts per trip

  • $800 for up to 6 guests

  • $1,600 for 7 to 12 guests

Lunch - Gourmet specialty sandwiches made fresh by our friends at Simple Foods Market in Del Norte. Each lunch includes a sandwich, chips, and a drink.

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Narrow Ridge, LLC is an equal opportunity service provider. Narrow Ridge, LLC operates under special use permits with the Rio Grande National Forest and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, San Luis Valley Field Office. Narrow Ridge, LLC is a Licensed Colorado River Outfitter.

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