Telluride Colorado Kayak, Canoe, SUP Rentals & Tours, Kayaking & Paddleboarding

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Kayak, Canoe & SUP

Telluride’s annual springtime snow melt energizes dormant rivers with surging rapids and turns trickling streams into ideal playgrounds for water sport enthusiasts.

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  • Several rivers spring to life in May when the winter snow melt is in full swing.
  • The San Miguel, Gunnison, and Dolores rivers have water suitable for all levels.
  • Single and multi-day trips are available.


Telluride and the greater San Miguel County region are home to several rivers with great kayaking and rafting potential. Single or multi-day trips can be enjoyed along the San Miguel, Gunnison and Dolores Rivers, and all can hold unique conditions depending on the time of the year and the strength of the winter runoff.

Where to go

The San Miguel River has 40 miles of uninterrupted Class III kayaking, and can be accessed just five miles west of Telluride. The river’s intermediate strength and path through the beautiful Norwood Canyon makes it an ideal setting for overnight trips.

The Gunnison River is another great option for beginner or intermediate paddlers. The class II river meanders through the Black Canyon National Forest and its sandstone cliffs.

There are also more than 200 miles of kayak accessible water on the Dolores river network ranging from class II to class III difficulty.

Guided Tours and Rentals

Single or multi-day guided tours as well as rentals are available in town. See the listings on this page.