Big Horn Canyon |

Arches National Park

Canyoneering Big Horn Canyon - Arches National Park Canyoneering Big Horn Canyon
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TICKS & TODOS: 19 Todo Lists / 3 Ticks
RATING: 3A
LENGTH: 3-5 hours
GEAR: Standard technical gear, extra webbing 10 m ( 33 ft. ).
RAPPELS: 1+, bring 2-60 m ( 197 ft. ) ropes as some anchors are far back from the drop
WATER: Generally none.
FLASHFLOOD: Low
SEASON: Any, hot in the summer
Wed Hi:64 Lo:46 Thu Hi:64 Lo:42 Fri Hi:63 Lo:41 Sat Hi:64 Lo:42 Sun Hi:64 Lo:43
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Big Horn Canyon is a difficult canyon to recommend as a canyoneering destination. The actual canyon portion is short, and not terribly exciting. What makes this a trip worth recommending, however, is the approach hike. The views and scenery on the approach are fantastic. If you are looking for a hike with a little bit of technical canyoneering thrown in, this is a good choice. If you are looking for a canyoneering adventure, look elsewhere.

Visiting Big Horn Canyon also visits The Tunnel.

Big Horn Canyon is is a very beginner friendly route. It does, however, require excellent low-impact hiking skills. The approach requires crossing a mesa with much cryptobiotic soil. The damage that is starting to be visible is sad. Please choose a careful route on slickrock and in washes to avoid further damage.

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