Canyon of the Dourbie

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Canyon of the Dourbie, descent along the waterside in a rich and diverse nature.

An introduction to canyoning for the whole family!

The Grands Causses Regional Nature Park is a vast natural territory that offers a multitude of outdoor activities. The Dourbie river rises in the Lingas massif, south of Mont Aigoual at an altitude of 1,301 metres. This abundant river is made up of several gorges and canyons particularly suitable for water sports.

Nature will impress you with its richness; look up to the sky and watch many vultures circling overhead. Just a stone’s throw from Millau and its famous viaduct, you will be charmed by this canyon which combines aquatic hiking and sports descent.

This must-see in the region is much appreciated by families for its playfulness. The most adventurous will enjoy the dynamic and sensational passages; the less adventurous can avoid all the obstacles and thus participate calmly in the activity.

What does the Dourbie canyon consist of? A 4-metre long natural slide, jumps, slides, passages in basins, etc. Tempting, isn’t it? For your safety and to help you discover the most beautiful sites, our professional guides will supervise you throughout the trip in a friendly atmosphere.

Practical information

  •  Level : Intensity
  •  Shuttle : 60 kms, 1h20 from Ganges
  • Approach : 30 mins
  •  way back to cars : 30 mins 
  •  Duration : 4-5 hours
  •  Distance : 900m
  •  Altitude change: -80 m

The strengths of Canyon of the Dourbie

  • beautiful scenery
  • fun route with jumps and slides
  • ideal during heat waves
  • Group price from 6 people (group made up)

Description of Canyon of the Dourbie

The Dourbie canyon is located in an exceptional natural setting. You will be transported to the heart of the Cevennes, between mountains and rivers under the Occitan sun; a change of scenery and relaxation will be the order of the day.

This sporty and fun course will appeal to adults with a confirmed level, beginners, but also to children. Everyone can enjoy at their own pace and decide whether or not to jump and slide on the slides. In summer, hot weather is usually expected, but don’t panic! This slide is ideal during the heat wave. You can cool off and enjoy the shaded sections along the way.

The canyon de la Dourbie offers a group price from 6 people onwards for a group that has already been formed. This advantage allows you to benefit from preferential rates and thus to please your budget.

A descent of the Dourbie gorges promises you an unforgettable day in an idyllic preserved environment; dive into clear water and experience unique sensations.

Our team of instructors, specialists in the region, will pass on their passion for canyoning and will give you the best advice to undertake the descent.

Go on an adventure in the Dourbie gorges and admire the breathtaking cliffs!



Schedule of the day

The Dourbie canyon will welcome you with a 4-metre water slide; a great start awaits you! The whole route will be punctuated by jumps, dives and original slides in magnificent giant potholes. What an entertainment !
The jumps vary from 2 to 10 metres; you can adjust the thrills. Do you prefer to go down more calmly? You can go around the obstacles without difficulty. Don’t forget to bring a backpack with your lunch so that you can take a gourmet break. A picnic break is planned on site, an opportunity to rest and regain your strength! You can then set off again for new discoveries.
Count on 4 to 5 hours for the total duration of the activity.
Our instructors provide all the technical equipment: wetsuits and neoprene socks, helmets, waterproof bags and bottles. Remember to wear closed shoes adapted to the activity and a swimming costume.
Let yourself be tempted by a water trip in the Grands Causses; you will fall under the charm of this green nature planted in the middle of these boulders that make up the canyon.
The descent of the gorges is regulated; the route is only accessible to groups of at least 6 people. Find the adventurers who will accompany you !


  • Individual: 60 €
  • Groups: 55 €
  • Schools: 50 €
  •  Included:
    • Qualified instructor
    • Technical equipement : helmet, neoprene suit, neoprene socks, waterproof bag and box
    • Instructor’s liability insurance
  •  Equipment to bring:
    • Sport shoes
    • Transport
    • Meal

Driving directions

From Ganges, take Le Vigan, at Pont d´Hérault turn right towards Valleraugue / Mont-Aigoual. Cross Valleraugue, arriving at l’Esperou at the roundabout with the Bear, continue straight towards Dourbies. Meet at the center of the village of Dourbies.


What to do around

Located in the Aveyron and Gard departments, the Dourbie gorges promise many exceptional sites. The most famous? The imposing Millau viaduct. This cable-stayed bridge crosses the Tarn valley and is an integral part of French heritage.
To the south, discover Cantobre, a perched village and former Gaulish lookout post; enjoy this timeless interlude.
For nature lovers, make a stop at the Roquesaltes rock; a spectacular block of limestone isolated in the middle of a steppe vegetation. Rising to a height of about twenty metres and easily accessible for the family, you can admire the beauty of the panoramic views that surround you; the Tarn gorges, the Jonte gorges and the Dourbie gorges.
To the north of the Dourbie canyon, visit the majestic 12th century medieval fortress built on a rocky outcrop and overlooking the Tarn valley. Explore its atypical architecture and observe the breathtaking view over the valleys and gorges of the Tarn. This region, rich in history, is full of emblematic medieval and troglodyte villages. You will notice wild landscapes where fauna and flora are king. The most curious can even marvel in front of dolmens and menhir statues

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