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Moab, UT 84532

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Guided Multi-Day Packages

Remote Multi-Day Adventures

Nothing beats a great day of canyoneering, except two (or three!) days of canyoneering!

Difficulty: Easy, Moderate or Difficult

 

Length: 2 days, 1 night OR 3 days, 2 nights

Drive time: 2.5 hours, one-way from Moab

What's Included: All canyoneering gear, tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, all meals (excluding breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day), transportation, an experienced and fun guide! 

Pricing

Camping Gear & Meals Included:

              2 days/1 night: 

                     - 2 people - $625/person

                     - 3 people - $562/person

                     - 4 people - $485/person

                     - 5 people - $410/person

                     - 6 or more - call for rates

 

              3 days/2 nights:

                     - 2 people: $900/person

                     - 3 people: $810/person

                     - 4 people: $700/person

                     - 5 people: $590/person

                     - 6 or more - call for rates

*If you'd prefer a nice bed and hot shower, hotel accommodations can be made.

Price without camping: 

            2 days/1 night:   

                       - 2 people: $480/person

                       - 3 people: $455/person

                       - 4 people: $432/person

                       - 5 people: $408/person

                       - 6 or more - call for rates

            3 days/2 nights:

                        - 2 people: $720/person

                        - 3 people: $684/person

                        - 4 people: $648/person

                        - 5 people: $612/person

                        - 6 or more - call for rates

If one day just doesn't sound like enough, a multi-day trip can be a great way to pack a whole lot of adventure into a couple days. Our multi-day outings combine two full days (or more if your heart desires!) of canyoneering in some of southern Utah's most remote terrain, with a night or two of camping out under Utah's exceptionally dark night sky. With the luxury of having two days, we are able to travel further away from Moab and into narrower and deeper slot canyons. These trips are customizable, so your group gets just the right amount of adventure you're looking for. 

 

On day one, we head out to the Hanksville/North Wash area where we'll walk, rappel, stem, chimney, crawl and shimmy through whichever canyon(s) we've decided on. Once fully exhausted, we'll head to base camp where a well earned dinner is prepared by your multi-talented guide. We provide everything you'll need to have a relaxing and comfortable evening at camp - including tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, etc. Here you have the freedom to continue your exploration around camp or just relax and reminisce about the days shennanigans. We'll be camping just outside of Canyonlands National Park where you'll experience first hand why it was recognized as a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2015.  In the morning, coffee and breakfast will have you ready for yet another grand adventure of your choice.

 

We guide many canyons in the Hanksville area, and below is just a taste of what this area has to offer. Don't hesitate to contact us to hear more about these and other great canyons so that we can create a trip that will best fulfill your groups desires and objectives. 

The long drive to these canyons can be greatly reduced with a scenic flight. There are many backcountry airstrips in southern Utah, most scratched out during the heyday uranium mining boom era of the 1940's and 50's. They offer unforgettable (and often expedited) access to these remote canyons. Most flights are about an hour and are operated in conjunction with Redtail Aviation at Canyonlands Airport. Consider this approach since it allows an unparalleled view and understanding of the complex terrain that you'll soon be exploring. The flight is sure to be just as memorable as the canyons themselves.

**Call for rates** 

Below is just a sample of the canyons that we offer on our multi-day trips. We customize each trip based on group size, abilities and desires.

Click here to explore options for getting to these canyons for one-day or multi-day adventures.

All canyoneering gear, camping gear, transportation and meals are provided while on multi-day trips. 

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



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

 

For some folks, squeezing through narrow "slot canyons" is the ultimate in Canyoneering. Though typically dry with no flowing water, these canyons have been carved from several millions of years of infrequent flash floods. Blarney Canyon, and it's nearby "big brother" Leprechaun Canyon, showcase some of the narrowest slots in the deserts of Utah.

 

Interesting geology aside, Blarney is a first-class slot canyon. It is shorter and more casual than Leprechaun and, for those joining us for a couple days of adventure, offers a great first day warmup. Blarney's charm begins immediately after leaving the car. Switchbacking our way up an immense dome of Navajo sandstone, the distant views get more dramatic with each step. Most notably to the west loom the volcanic Henry Mountains, or simply - the "Henrys." Long considered to be the last of the named and explored U.S. mountain ranges, these 11,000 foot peaks were originally named the Unknown Mountains by John Wesley Powell during his pioneering 1869 exploration of the nearby Colorado River and Grand Canyon. Never one to pass up a great river trip with buddies, Powell retraced his route in 1871. It was at this time, much to the chagrin of longtime local Mr. Jeremiah Unknown, Powell renamed the range after then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute Joseph Henry.

 

Upon reaching the top of our ascent of the formidable domes of Navajo sandstone, the approach hike quickly levels out and our fine views of the Henrys get more of the attention they deserve. Further to the south is Trachyte Point, an impressive uplift of even more Navajo sandstone overlooking the take-out for Cataract Canyon raft trips. Before long we reach the head of Blarney Canyon and the first rappel. And what a nice one it is. If you've never rappelled before, no worries. It's easy, short, secure and with a nice gradual "transition" from flat ground to vertical. Around the corner, however, "the slot" awaits. Out comes the body armor... 

You'll quickly learn to love the body armor we provide - basically kneepads and, for truly desperate times, elbow pads. They will save you a lot of skin over the next few hours. For that matter, anyone completing the Blarney & Leprechaun Multi-day trip will likely want theirs bronzed afterwards. Chimney after chimney is encountered, all of which are great fun with plenty of problem solving. There's even another rappel buried somewhere in the midst of this madness! Similar to - but much longer than - Entrajo Canyon, this is a fantastic slot for those wanting to get started on a lifetime of exploring technical slot canyons. While these slots can be serious work - they are serious fun! At either one of the two spots in the slot where its wide enough to relax, a well-deserved lunch appears. Life is good.

 

Afterwards, we often combine a trip through Blarney Canyon with a very short stroll to a nearby pictograph panel appropriately named "Cleopatra." This beautiful rock art is from the Archaic Indians which inhabited the area as long as 6,000 years ago. Nearly as awesome is her surroundings - an enormous sandstone alcove providing the shelter which has kept her looking good for so long. Ah, Cleopatra...

 

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

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).

Being Blarney's brother, Leprechaun shares kindred qualities. Views of the Henry Mountains dominate the approach, which is a touch longer and a little more demanding. The early morning light casts delightful shadows across the sea of polished Navajo domes. Off to our left, and way down there, lies the ensuing action. It lingers in our peripheral view for the better part of the hour-long approach.

The deep, dark slot somehow both tempts and terrifies. Fortunately the former overwhelms the latter and we quickly find ourselves at the head of the canyon.

The abusement is relentless. It's a rare day (or night, perhaps) where you work this hard and yet have so much fun. Obstacle after obstacle present us with hours of delightful problem-solving entertainment. Lep is a brilliant natural puzzle requiring physical and mental adaptability and improvisation. Teamwork is key as we go deeper into its maw.

The slot is often so narrow that you cannot pass one another without having to chimney up and over. In such confined places, the right sequence of gear, packs and even people makes an enormous difference in determining the difficulty of each obstacle. Like Muzak on an elevator, the near constant dull roar of scraping packs, pads and pants becomes so familiar that it eventually goes unnoticed. Only during frequent rests in this seeming otherworld does the silence become startling.

 

What about the rappels, you ask? Well, there are a couple of short rappels lurking here and there, however, they have no choice but to yield the spotlight to the endless fantastic chimneys. Be assured, grasshopper, you will attain black-belt "chimney master" status by the end of this trip...

 

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

 

*This canyon can be part of a 2-day canyoneering adventure

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.

 

We begin at the top of the canyon, but as we look out from the car park no canyons are in sight - nothing but endless rolling desert in every direction with a distant view of the Henry Mountains. After hiking in a seemingly random direction away from the vehicle, our canyon slowly comes into view below us. The flat world surrounding us begins to yield a minor drainage. As we continue down the wash bottom, we are quickly confronted with a downclimbing challenge or two.

 

The first rappel comes into view, but it is impossible to see all the way down this 110 foot rap from the top. The level of excitement builds as we don harness, helmet and gloves. After a brief introduction of rappelling technique by your guide, you attach yourself to the rope and descend into the void. The walls begin to close in slightly as you head toward the floor of the canyon. By the time we land at the bottom of the rap, the walls are very close indeed!

 

Admiring the smooth water polished walls, we continue downstream negotiating a few small downclimbs along the way. Before long, we reach a huge drop and it's time to break the ropes out again. There are no permanent anchors in Constrychnine and we must seek out solid natural anchors before doing a second rappel. At 160 feet, rap 2 is the biggest of the day.

Now things are really getting tight! We must pass through the next section sideways in order to squeeze  through the slot. It seems as if nothing is flat as we are confronted with another drop. This 40 foot drop can be negotiated by rappel or by belayed downclimbing, depending on preference and experience. Occasionally, there can be water at the bottom of this section. In fact, if it has rained recently, we can expect several short sections that have us wading through shallow pools.

 

Soon, the canyon opens slightly permitting us to comfortably walk through and seek out a lunch spot. This is one of the only sections of Constrychnine that is wider than 10 feet! It is a great place to stretch out and marvel at the deep canyon walls surrounding us. Continuing down canyon, another 90 foot rappel is quickly encountered. The bottom of this rappel is the deepest and darkest section of the canyon. With steep walls arching overhead, we have to assume the sky is still up there somewhere because we will not have a view of it for a few more minutes. Finally, we can once again see the blue sky above. A final 25 foot rappel brings us to the end of the technical portion of this canyon.

 

However, the work is not over! The day ends with a slickrock scramble back to the top of the canyon and our awaiting vehicle. It is a good idea to save a little water for the hike back up and out. What a day!

Cow Swim Canyon

 

There's no escaping this canyon without the use of a Packraft and paddle! 

Length: 9 to 12 hours (canyon and river time only)

Drive time: 2.5 - 3 hours, one-way

*This canyon can be done as one long full day or as part of a camping adventure!

Physical Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult


Technical Difficulty: Moderate

Rappels: 2 - (85ft/22m, 155ft/43m) 

 

Rapids: None; an incredibly scenic flat water float!

Climbing: A few fourth class downclimbs up to 20ft/6m. Ropes may be used for handlines or belays. 

Total Distance: 6mi/9.5km of hiking & 5mi/8km of packrafting on flat water

Total Ascent/Descent: 600ft/195m 

 

Price:

     - 3 people - $350/person

     - 4 people - $315/person

     - 5 people - $298/person

     - 6 or more - call for rates

The morning could not start in a more beautiful place. Camped hundreds of feet above the river, we are afforded an incredible 360* view - a view that was hardly taken in yesterday afternoon as we drove out to the rim camp. We enjoy an early breakfast as we gather an odd assortment of gear that all fits neatly into our packs. A harness, helmet and gloves accompany the usual snacks and water. But wait! Now we slip our 5 lb. packraft into our packs along with a 4-piece kayak paddle? No problem!

 

All at once, we set out on a cross country hike along the river’s rim. The scenery of this isolated place is unparalleled. Slowly, a deep and narrow canyon begins to show itself. We scramble down into the head of the canyon and don helmets, harnesses etc. If it is early season then wetsuits are a part of the necessary gear. That’s right! We must squeeze and wade through narrows and pools to reach the first of two rappels. At 85’, the first rappel is simple and straightforward, offering a great intro or refresher. Avoiding the heart shaped pool half way down, we finish the rap, landing in soft sand.

 

More hiking and downclimbing lead to the second and final rappel. Looking down the 155’ drop, it becomes apparent that there will be a significant free hang on this rappel. This means that the rock wall slowly gets farther and farther away, providing a delightful dangle! But caution must be exercised when landing at the bottom of the rappel. Poison ivy dots the edges of a pool and we must be intentional as we pick our way back to open terrain (pants recommended!)

A ½ mile hike down canyon brings us to the confluence with the river. How do we get out of here anyways? It’s a good thing we’ve been carrying these boats all day! In a matter of a few minutes, our boats are inflated and we load our packs in the front of the boat in preparation for a 5 mile, calm water float. A time to relax, take in the scenery, snack and maybe do a little paddling too.

 

The float ends abruptly as we approach a nondescript side canyon. After rolling the boats up and returning them to our packs, we begin a steep hike up and out of this canyon. Upon reaching the top of the canyon, we find that our vehicle is right there waiting for us! Time to hop in the van and head back to town.

 

This trip is a very long day with a total of six miles of hiking and five miles of boating. Adding the challenges of the canyon itself makes this a big day indeed!

 

Don’t like camping? If you’re an early riser, we can meet at our shop in the morning (think 5 am!) and drive 2 hours out to the canyon.

 

How We Get There

Meet your guide at our shop early in the morning and ride 2.5 hours out to the North Wash area. Of course, we must drive another 2.5 hours back to Moab at the end of the day. We'll do the driving - feel free to nap, there and back! 
Considering a scenic flight with Redtail Aviation? Combine this with a canyoneering adventure! Your pilot can fly you out to the Lake Powell area where your Desert Highlights guide will pick you up for a day of canyoneering. After the canyon, we will drive you back to Moab just in time for a well deserved dinner! 
Traveling to/from Capitol Reef, Bryce, Escalante or Zion? If you're visiting Captiol Reef National Park and staying in Torrey or the nearby area, consider meeting us in Hanksville the next morning. We can pick you up here and drive about 30 minutes to our trailhead. After the canyon, you can continue heading towards Moab for the evening. If you're headed to Capitol Reel after your time in Moab, consider following us out to Hanksville the morning of your departure and doing a quick lap through a slot canyon before continuing on to Capitol Reef, etc. Although Hanksville is a very small town, it does provide a place to lay your head. The Whispering Sands Motel is a great place to stay if you'd like to spend the night in Hanksville and meet us for a canyoneering adventure.
Does 5 hours of driving sound like too much for one day? Does one day of canyoneering not sound like enough? We understand! Consider splitting the drive up over 2 days and joining us for a multi-day canyoneering adventure! See our Multi-Day Canyoneering page for more information

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