Canyoning Colorado FAQs


A canyon is a natural environment, deep in the mountains. You will walk into the canyon, and then make your way back down following waterfalls as they cascade down into pools of water. There a multiple ways to move through canyons, including walking, rappelling (abseiling) jumping, swimming, scrambling and sliding.
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We recommend wearing contact lenses in the canyon; please bring an extra set along for after the trip, in case they fall out during the tour.
If you do not wear contacts, glasses can be worn with sport straps that are available at most outdoor stores.
All that’s needed is swimwear, a towel and athletic shorts for the ladies on the hike up. Please wear your bathing suit under your clothes when you arrive.¬†Your clothes, shoes, towel and belongings will not come into the canyon with us; any property your bring on the tours is at your own risk.
Yes, please inform us at the time of booking and when the guide introduces themselves to you.
No, our beginner canyons suitable for all ages; adults and children (min. 12yo). For our intermediate and advanced tours, we do require some experience
We require a decent level of fitness as the activity can involve walking, rappelling (abseiling), jumping and/or swimming. Some tours are more demanding than others, so please read the description carefully. You will need to be prepared for an active day, but we do not require athletes!
Yes, most children love canyoning – we offer tours in a natural water park! The minimum age for children to join Canyoning Colorado is 12 years old. We have children’s gear, but they must fit the safety equipment to participate in the activity.
Yes, your child can join our professional instructor¬†in the canyon, so long as participants are over the age of 12 and a parent or guardian signs our waiver prior to them joining the trip… But wouldn’t you like to join them too? ūüėČ
Yes, everyone requires an equal amount of attention in the canyon; one price applies for anyone who wishes to participate in the activity. 
You’re only as old as you feel! If you are in good health and want to try canyoning, we have tours suitable for all levels. We want to introduce and share canyoning with all walks of life. Give us a call if you’re unsure, and we will discuss the options available.
Canyoning is a physical activity, and it can aggravate existing injuries. You must inform us of all injuries prior to partaking in a canyoning tour. We recommend getting in touch prior to booking.
Your doctors and insurance will have advised what level of activity you can partake in. To join us in the canyon, we must know of all pre-existing medical conditions so we can determine if the activity is suitable or needs to be adjusted. This is why we request notification at the time of booking.
We require a minimum of two people for a tour to go ahead. If you wish to join us in the canyon, and you will be going solo we will do our best to book you onto a tour that is already confirmed!
Canyoning is a seasonal activity; the canyons fill with snow and the waterfalls freeze! For that reason Canyoning Colorado will operate between June РSeptember annually. The weather gods decide when we go canyoning; if weather permits we will operate in May & October as well. During the winter months you can get a different perspective of waterfalls at Ourays Ice Park. 
For safety reasons we must ensure our customers fit the equipment. The harness is a crucial piece of equipment that must fit properly. For this reason participants must have a waist and hip measurement of 45 inches or less. Prior to booking, please familiarize yourself with the activity and what a trip entails. To participate in the activity we require a decent level of fitness.  
We prefer that you use our wetsuits, due to the high risk of introducing an invasive species from your personal wetsuit.
Your camera or GoPro is a legitimate safety concern in the canyon. We will be as accommodating as possible if you want to bring it, but there are a few rules:

  • You must heed all safety instructions from the Instructors regarding the use of your camera.
    • We reserve the right to confiscate your camera during the tour if we believe it is causing a danger to yourself or others.
  • You assume all risk of harm to yourself or others by the camera.
  • You also assume the risk of damage or loss to your camera (which is frequent in canyons).
    • Don’t forget the camera will get wet!
  • Cameras cannot be mounted or strapped to the helmet or other safety equipment, and your hands must be free at all times in the canyon. The proper functioning of your safety equipment is absolutely paramount.

And don’t forget, we’re taking pictures too!

Lunch is included on full day canyoning trips, this includes the Portland + Angel Combo tour, as well as all intermediate and advanced canyons. If you have signed up to one of these trips please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.  
Chris’s Pet Grooming offers pet sitting and grooming services in Ouray, Colorado. You can¬†make an appointment by calling¬†970-325-4822. ¬†
If you have access to a phone, you can¬†call us on 970-318-6492 for a weather check 60-90 minutes before your trip. If everything is good to go be sure to¬†fuel up; we recommend having a decent meal before you come canyoning. Finally, get dressed! Please have your swim wear on underneath your clothes. Ladies, we recommend wearing some kind of athletic shorts over your swim wear. ¬†That’s it! We provide the rest, shoes, neoprene socks and wetsuit as well as all the safety equipment needed to go canyoning.
Yes! Canyoning Colorado are located at 408 Main Street, Ouray CO 81427. The office is located behind Red Mountain Brewing, follow the Canyoning Colorado signs from Main Street through Alpine Street Food’s courtyard to our office. The office will be open seasonally from June – September 2017.¬†
You can book a shuttle with Western Slope Rides from Montrose Regional Airport, Telluride and more!