Canyoneering Route Description Area
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California - Southeastern
Death Valley National Park, California.
Nevada - Southern
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada.
Mount Charleston, Nevada. - In the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Black Canyon, Nevada
and Arizona - Below Hoover Dam on the Colorado below Lake Mead.
Eldorado Mountains, Nevada.
Fire State Park, Nevada.
Utah - Mid Southern
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.
Utah - Southeastern
Angel Cove, Utah.
Cedar Mesa, Utah.
North Wash, Utah.
Poison Springs, Utah.
Robbers Roost, Utah.
Ticaboo Mesa, Utah.
Trachyte and Swett Creeak area, Utah.
Utah - Southwestern
Zion National Park, Utah.
Dixie National Forest - Pine Valley Dist., Utah.
River Gorge, Arizona.
Listed in Utah since it is an isolated part of Arizona and in the
surrounding area of Zion.
Canyons not in the above areas.
Before going to a canyon it can sometimes be helpful to know
what the current conditions are. Knowing the current
condition can help prepare gear and mind for the trip.
If you have any friends that have been down your intended
canyon lately they could help but this is rarely the case.
Another option is to check on or ask questions within
canyoneering forums like the Canyons Yahoo Group of Bogley
and see what information you can drag out. A
relatively new site for current canyon conditions is
Canditions.com. This site is new and doesn't have
a lot of information...... Yet. If you intend to do a
canyon check Canditions and see what you come up with.
If you want to give back to the community in some way take
the time to post a canyon condition after your trip.
Many of the canyon routes are though
canyons which have no names on maps. People in the
canyoneering community name the canyons to help communicate
route information and locations. In many cases there are
multiple names given to the same canyon. Stefan Folias has
put together a Canyon Name Data Base to help keep track of these
differing names. If you are a little confused by seeing
multiple names for one canyon or just want to get an idea of
what is out there, take a look through the
Canyon Name Database.
The route descriptions here are not trip reports telling about what a great time a group of people had in a canyon.
The route descriptions contain real useable information for the canyon, not
just a place to show pretty pictures and hint at some cool places you
might get to see one day.
The beta here is written with the
intent of being "used" by those that wish to go enjoy the canyon as well.
Inside you will find GPS Coordinates, Maps, Written Descriptions and
other bits of information that should make your trip easier. There are
also links to pictures for each canyon which
can be used to get a feel for what the canyon will be like. Or if you
simply like looking at canyon pictures you can look over the whole picture
Some feel that "too much" information in a route description will
ruin the surprise. I have tried to gear the information for those
that want a lot of information as well as those that only want the basics
of route, longest rappel and what gear is recommended. At the top of
each description are the General Discussion, Quick Facts and Map sections. These sections
give you all the basic info at a glance and you need not be bothered with
all the details that follow.
It is my intent to make
the information useful to those with and those without GPS. GPS is
very helpful and sometime almost needed. But the route descriptions
are also intended to be used by those without GPS as a step by step guide
through the canyon. Keep in mind errors can occur and you should
always "think" about what you are doing and not blindly trust mine or anyone
I live in Las Vegas, so most of the canyons listed here will be centered around
parts of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Some of the main areas
covered are Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Zion National Park,
Death Valley National Park and North Wash. There will also be canyons in
other areas like Capitol Reef National Park - Utah, Coconino National Forest -
Arizona, Escalante National Monument - Utah and Grand Canyon National Park -
Arizona and Utah.