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“OWA is a great experience in a beautiful part of Colorado. All the counselors are really helpful, fun, and flexible. They help you safely step outside of your comfort zone and personalize your experience. I became close with other campers and built good relationships”- Sage, age 14
Austin, TX

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Permits for guiding

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OWA operates in several areas throughout North American, Mexcio, South American, Europe and beyond!

Particularly within the United States guide service providers must have appropriate permits for the areas they guide in, whomever you choose as your guide be sure they have appropriate permits or your trip maybe cut short and you and/or your guide can be fined and gear confiscated.

OWA only guides in areas we are currently permitted. Many people ask us how do you “Get a permit for commercial guiding?” it is a complicated questions with no easy answer. Many areas within the US are not issuing new permits, with that in mind it is very difficult to start a guide service within the US. Your best bet would be to look for a service to partner with or one to buy, without permits you really can’t operate with any effectivness.

OWA has been guiding since 1979 and has held permits for many areas in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Texas since its inception. We have permits through many different land management agencies including

United State Forest Service
-Pike National Forest (Colorado)
-Shoshone National Forest (Wyoming)

BLM
-Moab area in Utah
-Penitente Canyon, Shelf Road and Midland Trail in Colorado

National Park Service
-Yellowstone National Park
-Rocky Mountain National Park (2014 limited commercial climbing guide permit)

State Parks
-Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
-Colorado State Parks

OWA is an equal opportunity service provider and equal opportunity employer.