Guided Canyoning Overview
Ouray, Moab, and Family Programs
Ouray has become a hot spot for canyoning. SJMG offers a number of different tours for different levels of canyoneers. From the scenic, but relatively mellow Portland Creek Canyon to the adventurous Cascade Canyon we have a wet and wild adventure for everyone!
Canyoning combines different elements of technical descent, whitewater challenges, and incredible scenery. Our canyons are much different than the well known slot canyons of the desert southwest. Unlike the red sandstone walls of Utah; we have technicolor cave drops, huge flowing waterfalls, and alpine scenery. Canyoning in Ouray is a very unique experience suited for those with a thirst for adventure!
Classic San Juan Canyons
Uncompaghre Gorge: Extreme Canyon Route, Experts Only.
Portland Creek, aka “Ivan’s Trail”: Beginner to Moderate Canyon Route. Short approach, beautiful limestone slot with some adventurous rappels.
Oak Creek Canyon: Difficult Canyon Route, 3 technical gorges (Upper, Middle, Lower), Full Day Adventure for even one section, longer full day when combining segments.
Cascade Canyon: Advanced Difficult Canyon Route. Many long rappels and down climbs. Carves through several geologic layers of sandstone (predominantly Morrison, Cutler, and Hermosa Formations). Lush, beautiful and mega-adventurous.
Angel Creek Canyon: Beginner to Extreme Canyon Route. Lower Angel Creek is a beginner to moderate route. One of the prettiest and most accessible canyons in the area. Tallest Rappel is 50 feet. Middle Angel is remote and for experts only. It has many long rappels and is a long full day.
Corbett Canyon: Expert Canyon Route. Full long day with many long rappels.
Bear Creek Canyon: Advanced Canyon Route. Gorgeous Quartzite Corridor carving through the Uncompahgre Formation, impressive narrows. Long full day.
All canyon adventures include the use of SJMG wetsuits, harnesses, helmets, and other technical equipment. You will need your own sturdy athletic or approach shoes, and shorts for under the wetsuit.