Guided River Trips
our guides love to lead the way down our local rivers. Allow us to do all the heavy lifting while you enjoy the stunning Gunnison Valley. All tours include equipment, shuttle, on land instruction, and river guide to show you the way.
Lower Slate River
the lower slate is the perfect place to start stand up paddleboarding on rivers. we recommend this stretch for all paddlers, new and experienced.
Upper Slate river
A wild and special place, the upper slate is recommended for advanced paddlers. navigating through special wildlife habitat, we love to see people take a guide on this stretch and minimize thier impacts.
Lower Gunnison River
Allow us to take you through the curecanti national rec area via the Gunnison Canyon. leaving from our Gunnison location, we will tackle a stretch of the Gunnison that is challenging and exzilerating.
River sup Adventure:
$87 per person on Lower Slate River
$107 per person on the Upper Slate River (we support the voluntary June 15 Upper Slate River closure)
$137 per person for the Full Slate Tour
$137 per person for the Gunnison River Tour
basic SUP lesson
2 minimum, 8 maximum
The Slate River is known for snaking it's way through Crested Butte, flowing from a source near Yule Pass and finally joining the East River southeast of CB.
Level 1: Lower Slate
A great intro tour for the newbie SUPer, whether you’ve never been on a board, or never been on a river. The Lower Slate is a winding river that varies in flow as the season progresses. Great for families, work team building sessions or wedding parties with varied experience levels and ages. All tours feature a 15 minute instruction session on the shore, all safety gear and travel to and from the put in/take out. Experience beautiful views of Mount Crested Butte and Paradise Divide. Depending on river flow, the tour can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. We will begin in town and end our adventure in Skyland.
Level 2: Upper Slate
Requirements*: Must have completed the Lower Slate tour once, or floated the Lower Slate successfully and comfortably with demonstrated ability of all paddle strokes and complete our questionnaire to verify ability level. The Upper Slate is swifter, windier, and with a few more rocks and obstacles. This is a great tour for the seasoned paddler looking to get a little more excitement and high alpine views. All tours feature a 15 minute instruction session on the shore, all safety gear and travel to and from the put in/take out.
Level 3: Gunnison River
Requirements*: Must have completed the Upper Slate tour once, floated the Upper and Lower Slate successfully and comfortably with demonstrated ability, have experience SUPing river of similar class rating and complete our questionnaire to verify ability level. The Gunnison is a fast and high flowing river that will take the brave and seasoned paddler to the edges of their comfort zone, with swift rapids and hairpin turns. All tours feature a 15 minute instruction session on the shore, all safety gear and travel to and from the put in/take out.
*The final decision to allow a patron to take a tour is at the discretion of CB Standup Paddle. The safety and enjoyment of all patrons on our tours is our top priority. If CB SUP deems an individual not suited to take a higher level tour, it is with your safety and enjoyment in mind, as well as the safety and enjoyment of other paddlers on the tour. We will recommend a tour that is comparable to your ability level so that you have the most fun, in the safest environment!
The Slate river runs Late may to the end of july **depending on water levels
**Please call ahead to confirm the river is a suitable level to float