435-259-4433 or 1-800-747-1342

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Moab, UT 84532

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Half-Day Canyoneering Tours

 

Medieval Chamber

 

Beautiful Hiking and Dramatic Rappels!

Length: 4 to 6 hours roundtrip from Moab (includes 30 minutes round-trip driving time) 

*Add an afternoon of Packrafting on the Colorado River - a Desert Highlights exclusive!

Season: All year 

Physical Difficulty: Easy

Technical Difficulty: Moderate 

Rappels: 2 - (90ft/27m, 100ft/30m) 

Total Distance: 3mi/5km 

Total Descent: 626ft/191m 

Min & Max Elevation: 4196ft/1279m & 4659ft/1420m

Price: 2-3 people - $105/person + tax

              4-9 people - $94.50/person + tax

              10 + people - call for pricing

The Medieval Chamber is a very pleasant adventure into one of the area's finest canyons. The lower canyon is lush, with a clear running stream and a massive natural arch. The canyon's upper reaches are bounded by an awesome array of petrified sand dunes. Connecting the two sections, well.....gets interesting. You see, situated halfway along the canyon's journey to the Colorado River lie two of the most spectacular rappels found anywhere on Mother Earth. This trip is great for beginners who want a taste for our Moab canyon tours that will leave them begging for more!

Turn this trip into a full day by adding on a half-day of fun on the Colorado River with our lightweight, one person Alpacka Packrafts! Learn more about these fun boats on our Packrafting page

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Entrajo Canyon (en-TRAH-ho)

 

Adventurous hike with lots of variety!

(and water!)

Length: 4 to 6 hours roundtrip from Moab (includes 45 minutes round-trip driving time)

*Add an afternoon of Packrafting on the Colorado River - a Desert Highlights exclusive!

Season: April through September 

Physical Difficulty: Moderate 

Technical Difficulty: Moderate 

Rappels: 2 - (15ft/5m, 80ft/24m) 

Climbing: Third class

Swims: One section of possible swimming (depending on recent rains) and some wading

Total Distance: 2mi/3km 

Total Ascent/Descent: 425ft/130m 

Min & Max Elevation: 5597ft/1706m & 5775ft/1760m

Price: 2-3 people - $105/person + tax

              4-9 people - $94.50/person + tax

              10+ people - call for pricing

Entrajo Canyon is a playful canyon that is great for beginners and experienced canyoneers alike! This 2-mile loop hike offers amazing scenery, fun challenges and problem-solving, a couple of rappels and an exciting romp through pools of water. Your patient and experienced guide will teach you the techniques required to make your way through this classic desert slot canyon while teaching you about the surrounding environment and ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable tour through the canyon!

Full-Day Canyoneering Tours

 

Zig Zag Canyon

*A Desert Highlights Exclusive!*

 

A maze of sandstone fins with huge rappels

and unparalleled views!

Length: 6-8 hours roundtrip from Moab (includes 20 minutes round-trip driving time)


Season: All Year 

Physical Difficulty: Moderate 

Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Rappels: 3 - (30ft/9m, 40ft/12m, 220ft/67m)

Climbing: The approach to Zig Zag requires climbing up a 700ft/213m gully. There are a couple of short, easy fifth class sections of near vertical rock within the gully, sometimes requiring the use of a rope for a belay and/or handline

Total Distance: 3mi/5km 

Total Ascent/Descent: 836ft/255m 

Price: 2-3 people - $160/person + tax

              4-9 people - $144/person + tax

              10+ people - call for pricing

Zig Zag Canyon is a winding, circuitous loop hike that has us gaining and then losing several hundred feet of elevation spread out over three miles of exploration. Like most Desert Highlights trips, this is an original route that we have developed in response to the increasing difficulty of getting away from the crowds and immersing oneself in sandstone majesty. We travel through amazing terrain that has not been seen by many, and we end the day with a spectacular 220-foot rappel that is sure to leave you feeling proud, accomplished and full of bragging rights!

Pleiades Canyon

(PLEE-a-deez)

 

Wild rappels through waterfalls in a
truly beautiful alpine slot canyon!​

Length: 6-8 hours. Trips depart at 8:00 AM


Season: June through September 

Physical Difficulty: Moderate 

Technical Difficulty: Moderate 

Rappels: 5 - (ranging from 10ft/3m to 70ft/22m) 

 

Hiking: 1 mile of steep hiking on an established trail


Total Distance: 3mi/5km 

Total Ascent/Descent: 820ft/250m 

Price: 2-3 people - $180/person + tax

              4-9 people - $162/person + tax

              10+ people = call for pricing

 

**Price includes wetsuits, splash gear, canyoneering shoes and socks, packs, drybags, all technical gear, lunch, and bottled water

This beautiful and charming canyon provides a great adventure during the heat of the summer. With it's clear flowing water and short (but very sweet) slot section, Pleiades Canyon is an excellent outing for adventurous beginners or experienced canyoneers that want something a little different. Situated at 9,000 feet above sea level, Pleiades Canyon offers a great escape from the hot, dry desert and offers views that can't be seen from any other canyon around. We'll don wetsuits and splash gear as a way to keep warm while we're rappelling through several flowing waterfalls that are fed by snowmelt and natural springs in the beautiful La Sal Mountains!

Granary Canyon

 

Awesome wilderness canyon with many fantastic rappels and superb arches!

Length: 8 to 10 hours roundtrip from Moab (includes 70 minutes round-trip driving time)


Season: Spring/Fall - closed April 1 - Aug 15 for Big Horn Sheep Lambing Grounds

Physical Difficulty: Moderate 

Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult 

Rappels: 6 - (20ft/6m, 70ft/21m, 60ft/18m, 40ft/12m, 15ft/5m, 200ft/60m) 

Climbing: Several short fourth class and fifth class obstacles. Ropes are used for handlines, pack lowers, protecting traverses, etc. 

Total Distance: 6mi/10km 

Total Ascent: 229ft/70m 

Total Descent: 2020ft/616m 

Min & Max Elevation: 3978ft/1212m & 5790ft/1765m

Price: 2-3 people - $200/person + tax

             4-9 people - $180/person + tax

             10+ people - call for pricing

Very few dayhikes contain as many exquisite natural arches as the journey through Granary Canyon. And what a journey it is! Six fantastic rappels and a lot of tricky scrambling are encountered within the depths of this remote canyon, which houses at least seven major arches and scores of smaller ones. Over the course of this one-way hike we'll descend over 2,000 feet! And despite the day's numerous rappels, this hike is within reason for adventurous first-time rappellers. Are you ready?

 

Remote Slot Canyon Tours

Blarney Canyon

 

A wonderfully accessible "archetype" of Utah's technical slot canyons!

Difficulty: Moderate 

 

Length: 5 to 7 hours (canyon time only)

Drive time: 2.5 hours, one-way from Moab

Learn about other travel options here.


Rappels: 2 - (40ft/12m, 40ft/12m) 

Climbing: Many fourth and fifth class downclimbs up to 20ft/6m. Ropes may be used for handlines or belays. Most downclimbs are in very tight chimneys which are secure, but akward. This canyon has many non-stop sections of great obstacles!

Total Distance: 4mi/6km 

Total Ascent/Descent: 420ft/128m 

Min & Max Elevation: 4550ft/1387m & 4810ft/1466m

One-day Price: 

        - 2 people - $240/person

          - 3 people - $228/person

          - 4 people - $216/person

          - 5 people - $205/person

          - 6 or more - call for rates

 

Blarney Canyon is an excellent adventure for beginners and experienced canyoneers alike. This scenic slot canyon takes us through water-carved red rock and presents us with many challenges that are easily passed with the use of a rope, technical gear and a competent guide. We'll rappel, stem, chimney, downclimb and shimmy through this narrow canyon and marvel at the way the wind and water have worked together to form such a beautiul and unique landscape. 

Leprechaun Canyon

 

Think skinny thoughts through this ever narrowing slot!

Difficulty: Moderate 

 

Length: 6 to 8 hours (canyon time only)

Drive time: 2.5 hours, one-way from Moab

Learn about other travel options here.

Rappels: 2 - 4 raps up to 40 feet, depending on skill level 

Climbing: Many, many, many fourth and fifth class downclimbs up to 20ft/6m. Ropes may be used for handlines or belays.

Total Distance: 5mi/8km 

Total Ascent/Descent: 640ft/195m 

Min & Max Elevation: 4570ft/1393m & 5010ft/1527m

One-day Price: 

        - 2 people - $240/person

          - 3 people - $228/person

          - 4 people - $216/person

          - 5 people - $205/person

          - 6 or more - call for rates

Take Blarney Canyon and stretch it a fair bit length-wise and add many more downclimbs and a couple more rappels. That's Leprechaun Canyon for you! While this canyon is 100% "off-the-charts" fun, it is definitely not a good place for severe claustrophobes or heavy set folks. Most of the time it's wide enough for anyone, but traversing a couple spots within this beauty are akin to sliding under your bed (vertically oriented, of course, and without the monsters).

 

Scenic narrows and fun obstacles all in the remote desert southwest are sure to leave you feeling accomplished and with memories you'll never forget!

Constrychnine Canyon

 

A deep, dark, dramatic slot with beautiful rappels and creative anchors!

Difficulty: Moderate 

 

Length: 7 to 9 hours (canyon time only)

Drive time: 2.5 hours, one-way from Moab

Learn about other travel options here.

Rappels: 4 - (25ft/13m - 160ft/46m) 

Climbing: Many fourth and fifth class downclimbs up to 40ft/12m. Ropes may be used for handlines or belays. Most downclimbs are in very tight chimneys which are secure, but akward. This canyon has many non-stop sections of great obstacles!


Total Distance: 4mi/6km 

Total Ascent/Descent: 420ft/128m 

Min & Max Elevation: 4550ft/1387m & 4810ft/1466m

One-day Price: 

        - 2 people - $240/person

          - 3 people - $228/person

          - 4 people - $216/person

          - 5 people - $205/person

          - 6 or more - call for rates

Constrychnine Canyon is one of Southern Utah's premier slot canyons. It is a little longer, a little deeper and a little bit more physical than the Irish Canyons. It's long, dramatic rappels deposit us deep into the bowels of this stunning slot canyon where we'll explore a gorgeous dark, narrow hallway before taking an elegant route up ancient sand dunes to return back to the trailhead. 

Moab's Original Canyoneering Guide Service, Est. 1997 - All Tours Are Private At No Added Cost!