Moab Canyoneering

Location Moab

Season Spring, Summer, Fall

Difficulty easy- difficult

Duration

Overview

Looking for some family fun, or just want to take a break from crack climbing? Then, we invite you to come explore some of the most dramatic slot canyons in the world with JHMG. No other outfitter in Moab has the access or the knowledge of these epic adventures.

Season Spring, Summer, Fall

Minimum Age 10

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Pritchett Canyon is a technical canyoneering route that is suitable for those looking for an athletic hike with dramatic scenery. Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is approximately 4 hours. This loop requires technical gear.

In normal conditions this canyon might require some minor wading. The route contains some elevation gain along with narrows, pools arch viewing and access to the behind the rocks wilderness study area. A mandatory eighty foot rappel leads into a huge amphitheater. For those who are adventurous, a second free hanging 100-foot rappel takes you to the ground and back to the Pritchett Canyon trail. This loop is approximately five miles car to car.

This fun and easily accessible technical canyoneering adventure contains a 100 foot rappel into a short, interesting chamber followed by  a spectacular, free air rappel next to the Morning Glory Arch.

Medieval Chamber is a technical canyoneering adventure. A shuttle vehicle is required. This adventure will require 4 plus hours to complete. Under normal conditions this route is dry, however, some ankle deep wading may be encountered during wet conditions. The total mileage is just over four miles. This is a spectacular trip in the Moab area! The photographic opportunities are classic and many.

This family friendly canyon is best described as a fun hiking route with a short section of slot canyon. Total time required form trailhead to trailhead is approximately 4 hours.

In normal conditions this route contains little or no flowing water. The route does contain an infinity edge pool to wade that is approximately 20-feet long to 50 foot rappel that is required to complete the route.  The scenery on this canyon is dramatic.

Price:  private 1:1 $220,

Price for 2 people. $110 per person

Price for 3 people $95 per person.

Located in southeast Utah, Moab is approximately 236 miles from Salt Lake City, 355 miles from Denver, 115 miles from Grand Junction and 458 miles from Las Vegas. Most trips and classes leave from the RED ROCK BAKERY, 74 South Main Street across the street from the McStiff’s Plaza. Meeting times are determined by the season. Please contact 435-260-0990 for departure times. Many of our climbing sites are fairly close to town, while Indian Creek, Castle Valley and Fisher Towers take about an hour to get to. Once there however, there are miles of routes with close proximity to one another, making the walking time minimal when compared to the amount of climbing that can be achieved in a day.  Climbing around Moab is usually about a 10 to 20 minute drive  from downtown. The approaches are very close to the car and routes are located close together.

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Downtown Moab sits at 4000 ft. (1220 meters) so preparation is very important.  It is recommended that you arrive fit and hydrated. It is also recommended that you schedule mountain biking and other adventures after you have met your climbing objectives.

Southeast Utah is part of the Colorado Plateau, a “high desert” region that experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes over 40 degrees in a single day. Thus the desert can be extremely hot in the sun, feel chilly in the shade and be downright cold at night. The temperate, and most popular, seasons are spring (April and May) and fall (mid-September through October), when daytime highs average 60º to 80º F and lows average 30º to 50º F. Summer temperatures can exceed 100º F, making strenuous exercise difficult. The late summer monsoon season brings violent storms, which often cause flash floods, of particular concern in canyon areas.

Dressing in layers is the most appropriate for the varying conditions. Be prepared with plenty of water, and enough clothing to be comfortable in changing or windy weather.

 

While hiking into the area canyons, you will run into an amazing desert environment that is hot, sticky, and scratchy one minute then at the next corner you are wet or involved in a high angle adventure. The following list is a recommendation of what to wear to be comfortable to enjoy your trip.

JHMG provides all technical equipment: harness, helmets, rappelling devices, carabineers, and waterproof bags. If your trip/class includes a canyon with a big swim, you will need to provide your own PFD and wet suit. Please apply sunscreen prior to your canyoneering departure, as it helps keep the water in the canyons clean – re-apply freely after swimming.

Have gear questions? We’re here to help! Contact us at the Moab Office at 435.260.0990 or moab@jhmg.com.

CLOTHING FOR HIKING

CLOTHING FOR WADING/SWIMMING

OTHER STUFF

  • Hydration Pack (that holds 2 liters of water)
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Head lamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Lighter
  • Toilet Paper and Zip-Lock Bags to pack out all trash
  • Extra Beverages and Food (for after trip)

Testimonials

  • Aimee [Barnes] was fantastic, knowledgeable, and fun!  She made our day amazing!

    — Shana Stratford
  • Aimee was fantastic. Her experience really shined through in how she built the progression of our day. We felt incredibly supported and, by the end of the day, accomplished. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone.

  • Great trip with great guides and an overall amazing experience.

    — Milo Lewon
  • I will remember this trip for the rest of my life!

    — Jacob
  • If looking for adventure, to push your limits, yet feel safe and well cared for during your entire trip, then JHMG is the group for you.  They were extremely thorough and professional, but laid back enough to let us take in the moment and enjoy the experience.

    — Dan Surdam
  • JHMG is an amazing organization. They listen to what I want in a trip experience then seek to take it one step bigger & better.

    — Mike Long

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