8 places to go canyoning in Isère

Canyon du Grenant

Are you in the Grenoble area looking for a sporting activity in the great outdoors? Find out where you can go canyoning in Isère!

Straddling the Alps and the Rhône plain, Isère is a department with an extremely rich natural heritage, to be discovered both in winter under the snow and in summer under the glorious sun. The Chartreuse and Vercors massifs are located here.

These two mountain ranges offer an endless choice of sporting activities, sure to delight nature lovers in search of outdoor pursuits. Among these activities, there’s one that’s a must: canyoning. Isère is renowned for its many canyons, which are easily accessible and varied, allowing everyone to enjoy this sensational activity!

Here’s our selection of canyoning sites in Isère, in the heart of the department’s two magnificent mountain ranges.

The Vercors massif

Looking for a place to go canyoning in Isère? The karstic Vercors massif boasts a large number of exceptional canyons, making it an exceptional place to discover this activity.

Discover the 5 canyons of the Vercors massif that will delight you if you’re looking for a place to go canyoning in Isère.

1. Furon Canyon

  • Course duration: from 3h (upper or lower section) to 5h30 (all sections)
  • 💪 Level: intermediate
  • ☀️ Period: May to October

The Furon canyon is certainly the region’s must-see spot for canyoning in Isère. It’s made up of two sections: the upper part and the lower part. Here, forget the fear of a possible sudden rise in water levels due to variations in flow. In fact, the Engins dam just above the river regulates the flow, ensuring optimum safety for canyoneers!

The upper part of the Furon canyon is suitable for all levels, ideal for a day out with family or friends. The course alternates between jumps of up to 9 meters, slides, natural caves, abseils and zip lines. Different entrances and exits are possible in this canyon, allowing the course to be adapted to every level.

More experienced riders may prefer the lower part of the Furon canyon. A little shorter, the obstacles are more impressive. Here, a 20-metre abseil into the Tuf waterfall awaits you, along with jumps of up to 12 metres.

Finally, if you’re looking for a full day of thrills, you can combine the 2 canyons in the same day, and complete the Furon Intégral.

2. Canyon des Écouges

  • Course duration: from 4h30 (upper or lower section) to 8h (all sections)
  • 💪 Level: difficult / very difficult
  • ☀️ Period: May to September

Here, it’s the same as for the previous canyon. It’s made up of an upper section (also known as Écouges 1) and a lower section (Écouges 2), with the possibility of linking the 2 during the day to complete the entire descent of the Écouges.

Famous in the region for its steepness and commitment, it’s a long, difficult canyon for initiates only! The upper section consists of a succession of exceptional abseils, the last of which in a waterfall, 70 meters long! Then comes the lower section, which offers different alternatives, depending on whether you prefer abseils or a longer aquatic section.

One thing’s for sure, if you’re experienced and looking for a sensational place to canyon in Isère, you won’t be disappointed with this canyon!

3. Canyon de la Pissarde

  • Course duration: 3h30
  • 💪 Level: easy/intermediate
  • ☀️ Period: May to October

Are you a novice looking for a place to go canyoning in Isère? The Pissarde canyon is ideal for a first experience. It’s easy to get to and not very busy, with numerous waterfalls for abseiling.

Perfectly accessible for children aged 8 and over, this canyon will also delight adults. Here, you’ll learn to appreciate the freshness of water in a sporty and unforgettable way, in the heart of a lush green setting!

4. Versoud Canyon

Canyon du Versoud - canyoning Isère

Photo credit: Facebook – Atmosphère canyon

  • Course duration: 2h30
  • 💪 Level: easy
  • ☀️ Period: May to October

Discover the Versoud canyon, one of the best canyoning courses in Isère. Located in a gorge that can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot, it offers visitors a succession of obstacles that follow one another in rapid succession as the water flows by. Waterfalls, hanging basins, abseils, jumps and other slides will delight thrill-seekers, while remaining very accessible.

5. Canyon des Moules Marinières

Canyon des Moules Marinières - canyoning Isère

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Natalia Schuchardt

  • Course duration: 3h30
  • 💪 Level: intermediate
  • ☀️ Period: June to September

This amusingly-named canyon is ideal if you’re a family looking for a place to canyon in Isère. With a length of 1,500 metres, the canyon’s descent is a delightful mix of scenery and obstacles of all kinds. Ideal for a first experience!

The first part of the course is quite fun, alternating between walks, slides and abseils. The second part is a little more technical, and more impressive, with its narrow passages, steep drop-offs and 7-meter jumps. But the show is truly magical, and the finale in the Isère’s biggest toboggan memorable!

The Chartreuse massif

Situated between the Dauphiné and Savoie regions, the Chartreuse is also a karstic massif, renowned for its large waterfalls. Some of them exceed a hundred meters in height, making them an exceptional playground for seasoned canyoning enthusiasts looking for spots in Isère!

Below are the 3 best places for canyoning in Isère, in the Chartreuse massif.

6. Canyon de l’Infernet

  • Course duration: 3h
  • 💪 Level: difficult
  • ☀️ Period: May to October

3 hours of unforgettable descent into the heart of the Infernet gorges! Here, a drop of almost 100 meters awaits you. Once at the bottom, it’s time for abseils, impressive jumps and super-fast slides. For thrill-seekers only!

Looking for a place to go canyoning in Isère, away from the crowds? This is the place!

7. Canyon du Grenant

Canyon du Grenant - canyoning Isère

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Paulo Resende

  • Course duration: 3h
  • 💪 Level: intermediate
  • ☀️ Period: May to October

Here’s a canyon for all ages, which will delight young and old alike, looking for an aquatic and sporting day out. Situated next to Lac d’Aiguebelette, the Grenant canyon offers a magnificent setting, dotted with several waterfalls, where the jumps just beg to be done over and over again.

As for the many slides along the way, they’re guaranteed to make your day! If you want to go canyoning in Isère, don’t hesitate for a second to try the Grenant canyon.

8. Canyon cascades de l’Alloix

Canyon cascades de l’Alloix - canyoning Isère

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  • Course duration: 4h
  • 💪 Level: difficult
  • ☀️ Period: May to October

This last canyon rounds off our list in style! The Cascade d’Alloix canyon is a must-see in the Grésivaudan Valley. Its waterfalls are visible from the valley, so you can imagine the incredible abseiling descents that await you! A number of jumps and slides also await you on this rather technical and vertiginous course, reserved for the sporty and experienced.

Rates and practical information

Rates

    Want to go canyoning in Isère? Here’s an idea of our prices:
  • Classic half-day tour (between 2h and 4h): between €40 and €55 per person;
  • Canyoning day (between 4h and 6h): from 75€ to 110€ per person;
  • Outing with private guide (half-day): from €300 for a group of 1 to 3 people;
  • Outing with private guide (day): from €400 for a group of 1 to 3 people.

Practical info

  • Booking: you can easily book the activity on the internet, directly on the websites of the canyoning centers in Isère, or via booking websites specializing in outdoor activities;
  • Accessibility: canyoning is for everyone. Our guides will choose routes to suit your level of ability. However, it’s important to remember that canyoning is a physical activity, and jumps are to be expected, so it’s not recommended for people with vertigo;
  • Equipment: wetsuit, booties, harness and all other specific equipment are provided by the canyoning center. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, good sneakers (which will go in the water) and your towel for the finish;
  • Solo: it’s possible to go canyoning unaccompanied, provided you’re experienced and have the necessary equipment. Ideally, of course, you should be trained to avoid accidents!