West River Trailhead

This trailhead accesses the West River Trail. This non-motorized/non-mechanized trail provides walk-in fishing access to the Gunnison River. The trail heads south, up-river for about 2.5 miles, the last part of which is in the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness. For more information, please contact the Gunnison Gorge NCA or Uncompahgre Field Office.

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Iconograph of a fish head and a fishing hook on a line
Iconograph of two people wearing backpacks and using walking sticks


From Austin, Colorado drive south on 2200 Road for 0.9 miles. Turn left at the Gunnison Gorge sign onto H75 Rd (gravel), Continue on H75 for about 3.2 miles. At the top of the hill, just past the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area sign there is a 5-way intersection. Take a slight right onto South River Road (graded natural surface, high clearance road). Follow South River Road for 5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. South River Road is impassable when wet.


Visitors to the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area will be charged the following user fees: Day Use Only (in and out the same day) = $3 per person. Day Use & Camping = $5 per person per calendar day. 1 night = $10. 2 nights = $15 (maximum allowable stay). Annual Pass for Day Use - $15 per /year. Fees apply to all users, 16 years of age and older, within the river canyon from the down-stream boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument (2 miles upstream of the Chukar Put-In) down to, but not including, the Smith Fork confluence (10 miles downstream of the Chukar Put-In).