About Us

Canyoning Colorado launched in March 2016; we are an outdoor activity operator that solely focuses on canyoning / canyoneering. We are passionate about canyoning and everything we do encourages safe exploration in a natural environment. Canyoning Colorado works hard to educate its customers to international standards while delivering a fun and exhilarating experience for all.

Canyoning is a sport that requires you to immerse yourself in a natural environment, and most importantly the present moment. Every challenge has the ability to arise in the canyon; from physical to mental – we work with you through your fears and excitement as you push your limits in a canyon suited to your ability and skill level.

Canyoning Colorado are industry professionals and we invite you to join the adventure.

Meet the team

We're a passionate for the outdoors and have the professional skills to show you the best of what Ouray has to offer.

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Kaden Anderson

Owner/Head Guide

Kaden’s canyoning career began in 2011 when he starting working as a guide in southern Utah around the Zion National Park area. After a few years of seasonal canyon guiding Kaden went year-round, traveling between hemispheres working for commercial canyoning companies in Utah, Japan, and New Zealand. He progressed to gain experience as the Operations Manager for the biggest canyoning operator in the Southern Hemisphere. After 7 years of traveling and gaining canyoning and guiding experience, Kaden came to Ouray to do some guiding for Canyoning Colorado. He fell in love with the place, and the amazing canyons! For Kaden time spent in these amazing places has been life changing and he loves sharing that with all of you!

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Age:

32

Hometown:

Lewiston, Utah

Nickname:

Kaden

Guiding since:

2009

Certifications

  • Canyon 1 (NZOIA)
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • IRATA / SPRAT rope access technician level 1

Guiding Experience

  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Zion National Park
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Emily Catron

Sales Manager / Guide

Emily is from a small town in eastern Utah, she grew up spending tons of time with her family in the Uintah mountains and the surrounding rivers. As she got older she became a raft guide starting in the Moab area and eventually guiding expedition river trips in the Grand Canyon! As a woman of many talents she has also spent some time guiding canyons in southern Utah, and in New Zealand! While Emily still does a few trips in the grand every summer we have convinced her to spend the rest of her time with us here in Ouray. This is Emilys second season with Canyoning Colorado!

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Age:

28

Hometown:

Manila Utah

Nickname:

Catron

Guiding since:

2012

Certifications

  • Swift water rescue certified
  • Wilderness First Responder

Guiding Experience

  • New Zealand
  • Grand Canyon
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Corey Gera

Senior Guide

Born and raised in Glenwood Springs, Corey is a Colorado native. She grew up exploring the mountains of her hometown and after she graduated, she moved on to exploring mountains further away. Corey has spent the last eight years traveling, working, and playing as much as possible. Her travels have taken her all over the U.S. as well as internationally. Some of her favorite spots are South East Alaska, Oregon, and New Zealand. This is Corey's second season with Canyoning Colorado.

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Age:

27

Hometown:

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Nickname:

Corey

Guiding since:

2012

Certifications

  • WIlderness First Responder

Guiding Experience

  • New Zealand
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • Hawaii
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Ryan de Vries

Guide

Ryan was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. Thanks to his dad he grew up climbing and skiing in the Wasatch Mountains near his home. Eventually he got hooked on canyoning and started spending lots of his time exploring Southern Utah’s beautiful slot canyons. This led to him taking up a job as a guide and moving to Southern Utah so he could be closer to the canyons. Now he is in Ouray! Ryan also enjoys splitboarding and bikepacking! He recently returned from a 650 mile bikepacking trip around the perimeter of Iceland! This is Ryans first season with Canyoning Colorado.

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Age:

25

Hometown:

Sandy, Utah

Nickname:

Ryan

Guiding since:

2021

Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Swift Water Rescue Certified

Guiding Experience

  • Southern Utah
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Kevin Turner

Guide

Kevin began his outdoor career in Mammoth Lakes CA. His love of snow brought him to the mountains, and after a summer in Colorado working on the river, he jump started his guiding career. Kevin has guided everything from zipline tours in Hawaii to glacier tours in Alaska. He landed in Ouray last summer and has been hooked ever since. When not in a canyon, Kevin can be found at Ouray Mountain Sports slinging gear and talking beta with local outdoor enthusiasts. His passion for outdoor recreation and his technical know-how make him an awesome addition to the Canyoning Colorado team. This is Kevin's second season with Canyoning Colorado.

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Age:

29

Hometown:

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Guiding since:

2016

Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder

Guiding Experience

  • New Zealand
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

About Ouray

Ouray is blessed with spectacular canyons; written about by Michael Dallin and Ira Lewis, enjoyed by experienced canyoners and celebrated annually at the Ouray Canyoning Festival organized by Greg Foye and the Ouray Canyon Coalition. Canyoning / Canyoneering is not only fun, but it is also a great opportunity to spend time in nature. Since launching in 2016 we have offered tours between May – September, making Ouray’s spectacular waterfalls and canyons accessible to all. No experience is necessary for beginner canyons, but you do need a reasonable level of fitness and each canyon has a minimum age requirement for participation.

Getting Here

Ouray’s closest airport is Montrose Regional Airport. Due to COVID-19 you will need to confirm which airlines are still offering direct flights. Usually, there are flights from Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Phoenix. If you decide to fly to Montrose, you can book a shuttle to Ouray with Western Slope Rides or rent a car at the airport. There are three other airports in the region, Telluride Regional Airport, Durango-La Plata County Airport and Grand Junction Regional Airport. If you are looking to explore more of Colorado and make a spectacular day out of your journey, you can take the Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Denver to Grand Junction. If you arrive by Amtrak, you’ll need to arrange transport from Grand Junction to Ouray (approximately 2 hours drive).

Our Ouray partners

When in Ouray, also consider our good friends and adventure partners when booking activities, If your adventuring around Ouray on your own consider purchasing a CORSAR card and supporting the local search and rescue!:

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