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Angel Creek Canyoning

Portland Canyoning Trips
November 15, 2016
Oak Creek Canyoning
November 15, 2016

The Perfect Intro Canyon

Lower Angel Creek is a great, short introduction to flowing canyons. It is suitable for first-timers with the proper supervision. The entire route may take only 1 1/2 hours for an experienced group, consisting of a 20 minute approach, roughly 1 hour in canyon, and 20 minute exit. With first-timers, a large group and/or anchor-building it could take up to 4 hours. Like all canyon routes in and around Ouray, the season for Lower Angel is short, typically mid-June until the end of September.

Lower Angel has one of the longest seasons in Ouray, due to the relatively low elevation, relatively low CFS, the possibility to avoid almost all direct waterfall contact, and the numerous escape routes DCR. It is also one of the only canyons in Ouray for which a wetsuit is not mandatory. Great for early and late season, as is Portland Creek just down the road. These two make a great 2-fer combo on the same day.

Add a Ouray Via Ferrata!

The Angel Creek Canyon trip can easily be combined with our Ouray Via Ferrata Downstream Route for one incredible day of adventure. The Ouray Via Ferrata has quickly become one of Ouray’s sought after outdoor recreation activities in the summer and is perfect for the whole family. Contact us to learn more about these combo trips and our team can get this set up!

2022 Dates

Offered Daily Upon Request

June – October


5:1 – $149 pp
4:1 – $169 pp

3:1 – $199 pp
2:1 – $249 pp
1:1 – $399
  • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All canyon gear (harness, helmet, descending device, splash tops, wet suit)
  • Round-trip transportation to and from canyoning area and our office



Portland Creek Canyon Itinerary

Itinerary Note

We offer our Portland Creek Canyon trip as both a half day and full day option. With the half day, we focus on a short instruction period followed by a descent of Portland Creek. The half day trip runs about 4 hours round trip from our office in downtown Ouray.

The full day trip offers participants the opportunity to receive more instruction in some of the technical aspects of canyoning. It also allows for the descent of two canyons in one day – both Portland and Angel Canyon. This is truly one of the best full day adventures in the Ouray area and is perfect for individuals, families, and organized groups.

Day 1

We will meet at our office in Ouray at 0800 where you will finalize paperwork and any other logistical details for the trip. We’ll get you outfitted with all the correct gear for the day: harness, helmet, splash top or wet suit, locking carabiners and canyon descent device are included in all of our canyon programs. From there we head out to Practice Rock and go over some of the technical aspects of rapelling and canyon descent. We will then transition to the actual canyon descent of either Portland or Angel Creek Canyon.


Canyoning Equipment List

BackpackDescriptionGuide's Pick
The Osprey Mutant 38 represents an excellent all around performer for Ice Climbing trips in the Ouray Ice Park and surrounding San Juan backcountry.
Water BottlesDescriptionGuide's Pick
We recommend wide mouth Nalgene (or similar) water bottles for the majority of our programs. Two 1 liter bottles is the standard for days in the mountains.
Personal FoodDescriptionGuide's Pick
Lunch begins when breakfast ends and ends when dinner begins. Bring what you like to eat and consider the length, relative difficulty, weight, and other factors when deciding what to bring in the mountains with you. A variety is always best. Don't be afraid of Mr. T.
SunscreenDescriptionGuide's Pick
Essential for all of our programs. SPF 30 would be our minimum recommendation. Typically a 4 oz. bottle will suffice but consider trip length when deciding how much to pack.

Training & Follow Up Climbs

As always, being in excellent physical shape is an important component of our our programs. A good mixture of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, and especially core strength will help you to maximize the potential rewards that are possible on a great climbing trip.

Before Your Trip

Can you climb a ladder? Are you excited to try new things? This would be awesome for you!

There are no prerequisites for the Portland Creek Canyon trip.  All you need is a great attitude, sense of adventure, and the gear.  We’ll take care of the rest!

Follow Up Climbs

  • Mt Sneffels Climb
  • Chicago Basin 14’ers
  • Best of the Weminuche Trekking


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.

plane-icon 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, however, many airlines now offer direct flights into Montrose – especially during the summer and winter months.

It is also possible to fly into Grand Junction, Durango, Telluride, or Denver CO. It may be necessary to rent a car and drive to Ouray if you’d like to fly into one of these airports.

suv-icon 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 minutes
  • Durango, CO: 2 hours
  • Denver, CO: 5.5 hours


hotel-icon-2 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 suit you best for this trip!


Program Policies

Registration & Cancellation

Advance Registration is required for this program.  You have the option to either call our office and register via phone 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.


  • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All canyon gear (harness, helmet, descending device, splash tops, wet suit)
  • Round-trip transportation to and from canyoning area and our office



  • Transportation to Ouray, CO
  • Hotel costs before, during, or after the program
  • Guide gratuity
  • Lunch food or snacks
  • Personal hiking/climbing clothing
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (recommended)
  • Costs associated with weather delays or other variables beyond the control of San Juan Mountain Guides


Book This Trip!

Online Registration

  1. Click on Book This Trip
  2. Select your Program dates
  3. Enter your Info and Payment


Or, call 800.642.5389 to register