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Guided Oak Creek Canyoning

A Ouray Canyon Classic

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon represents one of Ouray’s finest canyoning adventures.  The canyon’s sense of adventure and remoteness is contrasted by it’s proximity to Ouray and the easy logistics getting to and from the entrance and exit to the canyon.

Once in the canyon, however, multiple rappels and obstacles present unique challenges and excellent opportunities for dramatic photography. This is truly one of Colorado’s finest canyons, and a must-do if you are visiting the area and want to experience the thrill of canyoneering!

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A descent of Oak Creek Canyon is offered as a full day adventure only.  We typically start the day with some review of basic canyoneering principles and make certain that participants have a grasp of how we prefer to manage technical systems, rappelling, and flow once in the canyon.  Oak Creek Canyon is best done as a follow up to one of our other canyon descents, or is best suited for participants with some previous experience.

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Canyoning Equipment

Oak Creek Canyon

  • Clothes: for warm weather and a pair of shorts for under your wetsuit
  • Towel
  • Water: 2 liters or more/ person
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed-toe shoes: for the approach hike and canyon descent
  • Rain jacket
  • Food & snacks
  • Backpack


Have you canyoneered before? Are you an adventurous hiker or climber. This is an intermediate canyon.

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Ouray, Colorado: Getting Here

Ouray is located in the SW corner of Colorado, approximately 30 minutes south of Montrose. Known as “The Switzerland of America”, the town of Ouray is a vibrant outdoor oriented community. All local businesses are very friendly to the ice climbers who flock each winter to climb in the Ouray Ice Park and surrounding areas.

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rexerFlights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Montrose, CO. Many airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, CO. It is also possible to fly into Durango, CO, Telluride, CO, or Albuquerque, NM. It may be necessary to rent a car and drive to Ouray if you’d like to fly into one of either of these airports.

rexerDriving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Ouray. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.

  • Montrose, CO: 45 mins
  • Durango, CO: 2 hours
  • Denver, CO: 6 hours
  • Albuquerque, NM: 4.5 hours
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 6 hours

rexerHotels: Ouray has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suite you best for this trip!

  • Box Canyon Lodge
  • Ouray Chalet
  • San Juan Chalet

Additional Information

  • Cost Includes:

  • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All canyoneering gear
  • Round-trip transportation to and from climbing area and our office

  • Not Included:

  • 5% land use surcharge
  • Guide gratuity

  • Registration and Cancellation:

  • Advance Registration is required for this program.  You have the option to either call our office and register via phone, fill out our pdf Registration Form and send it in via fax or email, or utilize our secure Online Reservation System.  All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.