LENGTH: 5-8 Hours
RAPPELS: 4+ to 30 m ( 99 ft. ) (1-60 m ( 197 ft. ) & 1-30 m ( 99 ft. ) rope recommended)
WATER: Normally one or two small pools, usually avoidable. No wetsuit needed.
FLASHFLOOD: Low to moderate.
SEASON: Any, although summers can be very hot.
Granary is a beautiful canyon perched high above Moab. The canyon provides breathtaking views of the La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, and the Behind The Rocks area of Moab. This is a beginner friendly canyon that provides ample opportunities to work on your natural anchor skills. Retrievable anchor techniques, such as using an OmniSling, are particularly useful to have along in your bag of tricks for this trip.
Because of the anchor possibilities, it is recommended to have extra webbing and rope. Anchors can always be found, but are sometimes a fair distance back from the edge. (30 m ( 99 ft. ) of webbing recommended, as well as 60 m ( 197 ft. ) and 30 m ( 99 ft. ) ropes.)
The canyon allows for many options, from a short, easy day, to a longer day with more raps. Pick and choose as you see fit, and enjoy the stunning views and canyon.
Note: The recommended route does NOT require a car shuttle. The OPTIONAL route requires a lengthy car shuttle and has a final rappel that is almost exactly 60 m ( 197 ft. ). If doing the optional route, make sure your rope is at least 60 m ( 197 ft. ). Given the long shuttle, I recommend the standard route over the OPTIONAL route, but many like to add the additional rappel.
Note: Though generally Granary Canyon holds little water, you may find substantial pools after recent rains, including swimmers in Upper Granary.