Canyoneering Route Description Area List

Route Descriptions

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Coconino National Forest, Arizona.

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.

Lake Mead Nat. Rec. Area, Nevada / Arizona.

Stateline Hills, Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Utah - Mid Southern

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

Escalante, Utah

Utah - Southeastern

Dirty Devil Area, Utah.

Cedar Mesa, Utah.

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.

North Wash, Utah.

Poison Springs, Utah.

Robbers Roost, Utah.

San Rafael Swell, Utah.

Ticaboo Mesa, Utah.

Halls Creek, Utah.

Trachyte Creek, Swett Creek and Woodruff Canyon area, Utah.

Utah - Southwestern

Zion National Park, Utah.

Dixie National Forest - Pine Valley Dist., Utah.

Virgin River Gorge, Arizona. 
Listed in Utah since it is an isolated part of Arizona and in the surrounding area of Zion.

Various Canyons

Canyons not in the above areas.

Canyon Conditions

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  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.

Canyon Names

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 gallery.

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 like length 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 will 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 else's beta.


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.