Cassidy Arch Canyon |

Capitol Reef

Canyoneering Cassidy Arch Canyon - Capitol Reef Canyoneering Cassidy Arch Canyon

Capitol Reef

Overview

RATING: 3A

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the morning.

60 | 34

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

58 | 39

Tue

A 50 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

44 | 36

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 47.

47 | 22

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 53.

53 | 28

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SEASON: Any. Traverse to second anchor can be difficult or impossible with snow on it or right after rain.
RAPPELS: 7 to 40 m ( 132 ft. )
WATER: None.
FLASHFLOOD: Low to Moderate. The drainage is very small, so it would need to be raining directly over the canyon to flood.

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the morning.

60 | 34

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

58 | 39

Tue

A 50 percent chance of snow before 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy.  Little or no snow accumulation expected.

44 | 36

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 47.

47 | 22

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 53.

53 | 28

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Bridge Ruins - Photo by Tom Jones

Bridge Ruins - Photo by Tom Jones

Cassidy Canyon makes for an interesting, and casual, 1/2 day out if your in Capitol Reef. It has some unique features, including being one of few canyons that you rappel through one arch, and two natural bridges en route. The canyon holds unique scenery and is well suited for most canyoneers. Given the canyons steep nature, and small drainage, it does not hold much water. This makes it an excellent year around choice, although the approach can be hot in the summer. Don't attempt the canyon if snow is on the ground, getting to some of the anchors would be very difficult. Be sure to bring your camera.

Near the end of the canyon, you will encounter an old hanging bridge, and some carved steps. Before Capitol Reef National Park was created in 1971, locals had attempted to build a route that ascended the canyon up to Cassidy Arch from below. Although unsuccessful, it is impressive the two obstacles they overcame. What an adventurous route!

Second Rappel

Second Rappel

First Rappel

First Rappel

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