Ute Mountain Two Day

The Ute Mountain run is a place of wild natural beauty, traces of early native peoples, and thriving wildlife



Closed in the spring for raptor nesting season, this wonderful section is available June 1-September 30


We welcome beginning rafters 12 years of age and older. You should be in normal good health, active, adventurous and prepared for the exertions of full days of paddling, possible swimming, and a 1-mile hike on a rocky trail.


Oar assist paddle rafts, standard oar boats, or inflatable kayaks


Adult: $449.00 50% Deposit Required



Cancellation Policy

Reservation cancellation more than 2 weeks before trip date receives a refund minus 10% of trip cost. Less than two weeks before trip date forfeits deposit.


  • Unique and Seldom Visited Part of Rio Grande National Monument
  • Native American History
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Hiking


The Ute Mountain section is the uppermost run of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. This trip is perfect for those who are looking for an active, out of the ordinary and adventurous scenic float experience. The Ute Mountain run is a place of wild natural beauty, traces of early native peoples, and thriving wildlife. This trip begins in southern Colorado in the open plains between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, where the Rio Grande begins its gradual descent into the deep basalt walls of the Rio Grande Gorge.
The Ute Mountain section is known for remarkable wildlife viewing opportunities: The shorter walls and relative inaccessibility in the northern section of the Monument form a perfect aerie habitat for eagles, falcons, hawks and owls. This section is seldom paddled and is closed to the public from February to April to allow for an undisturbed raptor nesting season. The recently reintroduced river otter is thriving here, making sighting much more probable than other stretches of the river. Herds of elk, deer, and rocky mountain bighorn sheep also call the area home.
Dates and Discounts

2019 Dates:  June 8-9

The great thing about these dates is that they are literally one day after this area is opened back up to the public. Due to the tremendously high density of bird life, especially birds of prey, this section of river is off limits from March-May for the raptor nesting season. There are also a ton of river otters, big horn sheep, and some great archeological sites along the river corridor!

The first 2 people to book before March 15th can save 10% using promo code “ute10”

Day 1:  Just down from the put-in we will visit an ancient Native American petroglyph site. Dream of the past as you view large petroglyph groupings from an ancient Ute Indian settlement looking out over the river and the distant snow capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. After floating 10 miles we will end early the first day to allow time for an easy one mile hike up Costilla Creek to the rim of the gorge, where we will camp for the night in the wide-open plains and watch a fantastic sunset on the southern Rockies.
Day 2:  After a beautiful morning and hot breakfast we will head back down Costilla Creek, keeping an eye out for the numerous petroglyphs along this once perennial stream. As we descend deeper into the wilderness the riverbed steepens and we will splash through our first Class I and II rapids, explore hanging canyons, and take in incredible views of the Sangre De Christo Mountains towering in the distance (a rarity to be seen from the river). Our ending point on day two will be just south of Ute Mountain in Sunshine Valley and will be a short and steep 200-yard hike up to the rim from the rivers edge.  Guests will be expected to carry their personal gear, plus some amount of group gear if they are able.
Camp Scene/Gear

Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! Every day we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). In addition, our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!

***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***

Camp Gear:

Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. You will also receive this list as part of your confirmation email. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof drybags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment. Tents, pads and sleeping bags are not included though if needed we provide a sleep kit (1 two man tent, 1 sleeping bag and sleeping pad) for an additional $12/night.

Please click here to look at a more in-depth list of required and recommended camp gear:

Going Camping? Here’s what you’ll need.



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(575) 758-2628


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