Gorge descent is a sport that perfectly combines physical aptitude, contact with nature and limit experiences. It consists of a descent down a water course, overcoming the many natural obstacles you will find on your way (waterfalls, rocks, narrow gullies, climbing walls...). This amusing, exciting activity is to be found in the prettiest, most spectacular parts of the rivers and gorges in the Guara area and the Kingdom of the Synclines in La Hoya de Huesca.
There are companies and professionals in our region who can help you to enjoy this sport. Please be advised by them as they are professionals and they respect the ruling and safety measures for gorge descent.
Due to the specific terrain in this Park, one of its main attractions are its canyons and gullies. Water has been responsible for forming the extraordinary gullies in the Flumen, Guatizalema, Calcón, Formiga rivers. There you will be able to climb the ravines which have varying degrees of difficulty (easy, medium and difficult).
Some of these gorges (all appropriate for descent) are very well-known. There are the Palomeras del Flumen, between the San Miguel and Amán Crags, at the Cienfuens Dam; Lenases, Carruaca Straits (to the east), Las Gorgas (on top of the Salto del Roldán in a pretty valley) and Cabecera de San Martín de la Val d’Onsera. In the basin of the Guatizalema river, near Vadiello, you will find the following gorges: La Canaleta, the Reina Caves, A Foratata, San Chinés, Las Lazas (highly technical and more in line with mountaineering than with gorge-descent), Escomentué (in the Ligüerri Synclines, the best in this river basin), and the Palomo Canal (deep straits and pools). There are really plenty of opportunities for working off your adrenalin.
Before starting out, consult all the information on the rules, permits and areas for gorge- descent. This sport is regulated to respect the season when the birds nest and breed. The active tourism companies at La Hoya de Huesca are there to offer you advice and help concerning this activity. We recommend that you go with expert guides.
There are lots of gorges and gullies. Apart from the Moliniello and San Julián gorges, there is the Peiró in Arguis, the tributary of the San Julián Gorge and Fenés in Nueno, the Riglos gorge, San Cristóbal in Bolea, Ruaba Crag in Murillo de Gállego and Aguacay in Salina de Jaca and, with the Rasal Gully, they all offer natural infrastructures for gorge-descent, traditional climbing, or climbing on iron paths.
This is a famous gorge in the Guara Natural Park. Easy, lots of fun and aquatic. Very narrow parts. Obstacles such as blocks of stone, sudden drops, slides, jumps and underground streams.
A steady flow of shallow water. Very narrow gorge.
Very narrow and honeycombed with caves. An exciting descent, although dangerous and technical because it is so narrow. Very dangerous when the water flows high.
Shallow water. You don’t have to swim in its potholes..