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Family Adventure Day

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November 15, 2016
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November 21, 2016

Rock Climbing, Rappelling, & Via Ferrata

Climbing, Rappelling, and Via Ferrata can be an excellent activities for families to enjoy together. Mountain sports help kids gain self confidence and allow both parents and children to challenge themselves in a supportive environment. San Juan Mountain Guides has always offered specialized programs for families that stress fun and learning for every skill and adventure level.

Our popular Family Adventure Day is 6 – 8 hours of fun mountain activity set conveniently in Ouray.  The day combines the best elements of Rock Climbing, Rappelling, and Via Ferrata and offers adventure for the whole family!

Bring a lunch and water and we’ll guide you on an epic day in Ouray!

A Full Day Adventure

In one day you have the option to do:

  • Ouray Via Ferrata Downstream Route & Half-Day Rock Climbing & Rappelling

Just indicate your preference as to which adventure you’d like to do first to our Office Staff or indicate accordingly on the reservation form.

2024 Dates

Offered Daily Upon Request
June – October


5:1 – $249 pp
4:1 – $299 pp 

3:1 – $349 pp
2:1 – $449 pp

*For trips with more than 5 participants a second guide will be added. See Online Booking page for additional info on per person costs

  • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All via ferrata, rock climbing and rapelling gear (harness, helmet, descending device, VF lanyard, gloves)
  • Round-trip transportation to and from our office

Family Adventure Day Itinerary

Itinerary Note

We offer our Family Adventure Day trip as a full day option. The full day trip offers participants the opportunity to receive more instruction in some of the technical aspects of rappelling, rock climbing, and Via Ferrata. 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, locking carabiners and descent device are included in all of our Family Adventure programs. From there we head out to Practice Rock and go over some of the technical aspects of rappeling and descent. We will then transition to the local rock climbing at either Rotary Park or the Alcove just across from the Hot Springs Pool! After that we’ll head to the Downstream Route of the Ouray Via Ferrata!

Family Adventure Day 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 Family Adventure Day 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)
  • All rock climbing gear
  • 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

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Or, call 800.642.5389 to register