Packraft Colorado

Small Boats, Big Adventures

Gunnison / CB, Colorado

Update 3/7/24: We have moved to Crested Butte, CO!  We added all our summer courses to the calendar. Courses will be based in the Gunnison area. There is lots of free camping nearby as well as paid campgrounds and I encourage you to reach out regarding places to camp before booking indoor lodging. As a reminder, if you have a group that wants to set up something not on the calendar, please reach out! Thanks! – Noah

Pack rafting through a river

Packraft Colorado

Packrafting is a burgeoning water sport that is growing with incredible popularity. It combines many elements of kayaking, rafting, and backpacking in a user-friendly package. Packrafting opens many doors for what is possible in a river expedition. Beyond the incredible capabilities these small craft offer, they are downright fun.

Packraft Colorado intends to be the preeminent outfitter and resource for packrafting in central Colorado. We are based in beautiful Crested Butte and hope to share our collective experience with you and get you psyched on packrafting! 

We stock exclusively Alpacka rafts and can set you up with a state-of-the art packraft, paddle, wetsuits, and all the other accessories you might need to make your packrafting trip a success.

For the 2024 season, we will be offering day-long courses to introduce people to this sport, as well as courses to refine abilities for intermediate and advanced boaters.

Instructional Courses

Introductory Course

Our introductory course is a full-day class that will teach you everything you need to know to start getting on the water. We will cover hands-on skills ranging from setting-up your boats to paddling technique and wet re-entry, and logistical skills such as reading water to packing for overnight trips. We are happy to rent packrafts for a small fee.

Intermediate Course

The full-day intermediate course will teach paddlers the skills needed to safely run advanced whitewater. You will learn skills such as eddy turns, edging, running safety, basic rescue, and more. We expect all participants to have their own packrafts for this course.


Swiftwater Rescue

If there is enough demand, we are happy to organize an certified swiftwater rescue course with a focus on packraft specific rescue scenarios. This would be a three-day course. Please contact us if you are interested in making this happen.



We are renting 2022 Alpacka Classics and Wolverines!

Alpacka Classic Spraydeck

Alpacka Classics are the staple of the packrafting world. They are the perfect balance of lightweight portability and whitewater performance. If you are new to the sport, this would be your best option. We have boats with and without internal storage (TiZip).

Rate w/o TiZip: $50/day

Rate w/ TiZip+bags: $60/day