- Trip start time: 8am
- Trip duration: approximately 6 to 7 hours of canyoning from approach, descent, and return. Plus 1 hour hike up to the canyon.
- Biggest Rappel: 100 feet
- Lunch: included
- Minimum Age: 18 Years Old
- Equipment: we provide you with specialty canyoning gear
- Transport: from the town of Ouray to/from the canyon
- Experience Required: Yes, please see the tour prerequisites detailed below.
Intermediate Canyoning Tour
Full Day Trip
Bear Creek Trip Overview
From mid-July onwards Bear Creek, Ouray’s most demanding intermediate trip comes to life! As the water levels begin to drop this allows us to venture into the canyon. While the water levels must drop to access the canyon, Bear Creek still has the best water volume out of all the canyons in Ouray!
You will start the journey on Bear Creek Trail, a steep climb with switchbacks, something most hikers are familiar with. After hiking 1.7 miles, you will access the canyon and downclimb for approximately 15 minutes before reaching your first waterfall. Canyons can only be accessed from set points, so this is why the commitment to the activity increases with the grade of canyon you sign up for. It goes without saying that Bear Creek takes dedication to get to!
The canyon has grand walls and narrow and elegantly carved passageways that feature beautiful geological rock formations. Favored by many, the “Quartzite corridor” is a section where you will swim and downclimb through a meandering narrow corridor.
With a number of rappels and downclimbs, this canyon is sure to push your limits. The largest rappel is 100ft, and may of the waterfalls you encounter will involve rappelling directly in the flow.
This canyon is suitable for those that have joined us in a canyon before, where we can asses your skill level and suitability for intermediate and/or advanced canyons. If you have previous experience canyoning elsewhere, or with another ICOpro affiliated center please get in touch!