Moab Canyoneering Overview
Canyoneering through Moab’s stunningly beautiful water-carved canyons is a must-do activity when visiting this Utah red rock paradise. Canyoneering allows you to explore canyons using ropes and basic climbing and rappelling skills. Utah offers some of the most spectacular canyons in the world. The canyons are rugged and with the use of ropes, canyoneers can fully explore these lesser visited parts of the canyon. Canyoneering allows people to explore places that are out of reach for hikers, and are typically much more beautiful.
Booking a Utah guided canyoneering tour will offer you a glimpse of Moab that many people never see.
Moab Canyoneering Routes
Moab canyoneering routes exist for all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Some of the canyoneering routes around the Moab area include Medieval Chamber, Entrajo Canyon, ZigZag Canyon, Pleiades Canyon, Irish Canyon, Granary Canyon, and Poison Springs Canyon.
When to Visit Moab for Canyoneering
The spring and fall months of March through May and September through November are typically the most pleasant temperature-wise and are generally the best times of the year for canyoneering. Here’s what you need to know when you visit Moab in the summer, or any month!
In the hot summer months of June through August, Entrajo, Medieval Chamber and Pleiades canyons are fine trips due to the shortness of the first two and the abundance of water in Entrajo and Pleiades. Afternoon trips into Entrajo Canyon in the summertime are shaded by the canyon walls, and really quite pleasant.
The off-season winter months of December through February can be a fantastic time to explore Moab. As a bonus, you can find deals on lodging during this time of year.
Getting to Moab, UT
The closest major airport to Moab is Salt Lake City, which is 236 miles, or about a 4 hour drive. Grand Junction, Colorado also has a regional airport, and is about 1 hour 45 minutes from Moab. Other major cities in the vicinity include Las Vegas (6.5 hours) and Denver (5.5 hours).
Moab Canyoneering Tours & Lessons
TripOutside features the absolute best outfitters for canyoneering trips, tours and lessons in Moab. Our outfitter partners are all four star rated or above, and are some of the most experienced canyoneering guides in the state of Utah. We take the guesswork out of booking a Moab canyoneering trip – all of our outfitters provide top notch service and safety.
Moab Canyoneering FAQs
Do I need canyoneering, climbing or rappelling experience?
Beginners are welcome! No previous canyoneering, climbing or rappelling experience is required for canyoneering trips booked with our TripOutside outfitters. All trips are led by an experienced, safety conscious guide who will do all of the rope rigging. Rappelling can be nerve-racking for some people, and it may not be for everyone. It is an easy skill to learn for those who are interested!
Is there an age limit for canyoneering in Moab?
There is no set minimum age, and our TripOutside outfitters can recommend different trips based on age and ability, and can accommodate the whole family! Bring your sense of adventure and the family – canyoneering is a great family adventure.
Is Canyoneering safe?
All outdoor activities involve some degree of risk, especially when ropes are involved. Steps can be taken to manage the risks and to create a safe environment for an enjoyable trip. The primary hazards of canyoneering which can be a threat to life – inadequate rigging for rappel anchors, flash floods, and dehydration – can all be avoided if you are accompanied by an experienced guide who can recognize and prevent potential dangers.
What about Canyonlands canyoneering and Arches National Park canyoneering?
Professionally guided canyoneering trips are not allowed in the National Parks, so TripOutside guides do not offer canyoneering in either Canyonlands or Arches National Park.