This week’s feature canyon comes from the San Juan mountains in Colorado, USA. Introducing: Bear Creek!
Location: Ouray, Southwest Colorado, USA
Type of rock: Precambrian Quartztite
Best time of the year to visit: August
The approach to this canyon is breathtaking. The access follows an old mining trail along steep sided cliffs with the canyon below. After a short scramble down to the creek, the walls quickly close in. Quartzite is a very old and hard rock, and its dark color contrasts well with the blue canyon water.
Perhaps the most spectacular part of the canyon is the “Quartzite Corridor” where the walls tower above and let in very little light. You can really feel the space through here. The rappels are never big, but they are often in the flow, requiring careful rope management and a cool head. All in all, it’s a great day out and one of the best canyons Ouray has to offer.
Canyon descent : +/- 5.5hrs
Access : steady climb of 1.5hrs, return 5min
About Canyoning Colorado:
Bringing international expertise to the American canyoning community, Canyoning Colorado is the local specialist for the vertical and aquatic canyons of Ouray; providing professional service with a personal touch, you will be welcomed by ICOpro Head Training Master Andrew Humphreys and his team for a great day in the outdoors.
Phone: +1 970 318 6492
Office: 408 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado, USA
TripAdvisor: Canyoning Colorado
GET THE KNOWLEDGE
Become a complete canyoneer with
ICOpro’s CA1-2-3 Manuals
The Manual Canyoneer Level 3, includes methods and techniques of horizontal progression, set-up and rigging, and basic rescue techniques. This manual allowing you to progress autonomously through a moderate risk canyon.