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Cedar Mesa

Canyoneering Cowboy Canyon - Cedar Mesa Canyoneering Cowboy Canyon

Cedar Mesa

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RATING: 3B

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

63 | 37

Mon

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

63 | 43

Tue

Rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers, mainly before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

52 | 38

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 51.

51 | 27

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 58.

58 | 32

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SEASON: Spring through Fall.
GEAR: Standard canyoneering gear. 30 m ( 99 ft. ) of webbing
RAPPELS: 2+ to 10 m ( 33 ft. ) (20 m ( 66 ft. ) if doing the longer route)
WATER: Often quite a bit. Wetsuit required in cool/cold conditions, recommended in most conditions.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate, but you can see the whole drainage and skies on the approach.

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

63 | 37

Mon

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

63 | 43

Tue

Rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers, mainly before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 70%.

52 | 38

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 51.

51 | 27

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 58.

58 | 32

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Tom in the Gravel Rappel

Tom in the Gravel Rappel

Cowboy Canyon is touted by some to be one of the better slot canyons on Cedar Mesa. The narrow section is relatively short, but very nice. Coupled with being technically very straightforward, this is a great outing for beginners and seasoned canyoneers alike. Be warned, though, it can hold water and be cold in the spring and fall. The route described here is a fairly casual 1/2 to 3/4 of a day.

There are two options for the return. The short route, which most do, and a slightly longer exit down Gravel. The long exit adds and hour or two, but is what I would highly recommend. It adds a nice rappel and a pleasant section of canyon.

Tom doing a downclimb in Cowboy

Tom doing a downclimb in Cowboy

Tom T. in Cowboy

Tom T. in Cowboy

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