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Cherry Canyon (Virgin River Gorge)

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  • Cherry Canyon is a dry canyon located in the Virgin River Gorge north of Vegas. It is a fairly simple canyon suitable for beginning canyoneers. However, you must be fully comfortable rappelling and have basic on rope skills (see below).

    We will depart from the Cannery no later than 5:30 am and drive about 90 miles to the Virgin River Gorge. We have a 1.5 hr drive up and a 1.5 hr drive back, plus 5 to 7 hrs in the canyon, so anticipate this taking a full day. Pack a full lunch and bring plenty of water. 

    Note: We do have to cross the Virgin River at the start. Bring an extra pair of shoes or water shoes and extra socks to wear when crossing. These can be stashed on the other side of the river and picked up when we exit.

    We will check the flow rate the day prior to the event - if the river is high, we will have to do a local canyon instead. There is a good chance that may happen. The river is not safe to cross in high flow.


    Basic Details:
    Rappels: 8 to 12 
    Max Rap Length: approx 85 feet 
    Elevation Gain: approx 1200 feet


    Please review the Las Vegas Canyoneering Meetup Waiver. All participants are required to sign a copy of the waiver at the event.

    Required Minimum Skills: 
    The ability to rappel
    The ability to rig a rappel device to provide the appropriate amount of friction for rope diameters from 8mm to 9mm rigged single or double strand.
    The ability to lock off at mid rappel.
    The ability to climb and down-climb on rock.
    The ability to provide a bottom belay (aka military belay, fireman belay) for a rappeller.

    Canyoneering Gear: minimum required for participation

    Helmet (meets UIAA standards)
    Rappelling Device
    Extra Locking Carabiners (3 or 4)
    Safety Tether
    Sewn Runners aka Dyneema or Nylon Slings (24 or 48-inch)
    Gloves (optional but recommended)
    Footwear appropriate to conditions
    A pack large enough to carry group gear as well as your personal items
    Headlamp and spare batteries (we are not planning to go until dark but ...)

    Trip may take most of the day - bring food and plenty of water.

    Bring a headlamp. There is a chance we will finish in the dark.

    Meetup Etiquette and Attendee Responsibilities:

    Canyoneering is a group activity. All participants are expected to contribute in a meaningful way. This may include:

    Carrying rope and other equipment. Offering to bring your own ropes to minimize the wear & tear on organizer ropes. Providing basic equipment such as webbing or rapid links . Providing vehicle shuttles when needed. Offer to reimburse event drivers for gas and wear & tear on their vehicles.

    When doing a canyon:

    Each rappeller should offer the next person down a fireman's belay. At difficult down/up climbs, offer to spot or assist the next person. Do not simply continue on to the next obstacle.

    Safety comes first. No canyoneer should ever feel self conscious about asking for assistance.

    Make sure to check the weather. Be prepared! Weather: 

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  • Ray A.


    Weather looking good. Windy Friday night but Saturday Sunny, clear and in the 50s. River is running a bit high but should be fine. Bring a different pair of shoes/socks to cross with and a towel to dry off with on other side. Maybe a hiking pole for balance.

    Cars: Will need 2, so one other person will need to drive.

    Two Canyons? - There is another very short canyon with 3 raps near Cherry we could also do if we have time (and aren't exhausted!). Would only add an extra 2 hrs or so to trip. Would need an HCV or 4x4 to get to. Can decide after Cherry, but might be fun to make a full day of it since we will already be up there.

    This is a pretty canyon. Gonna be fun :-)

    2 · 3 days ago

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  • Dianne A.
    Event Host

    Backpacking & canyoneering are my passions!

  • Ray A.
    Event Host
  • Bob D.
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Richard

    Just moved here from Durango, Co via Bullhead City - long story - but glad to be here!

  • Liz
  • Ernesto A.

    Once more unto the breach!

  • Bill S.

    Interested in anything out doors

  • Diane W.

    Rock climber & hiker.

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