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Canyoneering trip

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 8:45 AM

Canyoneering is where you explore canyons using a variety of techniques like walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming. Don't worry, we're doing non-technical, which means scrambling and easy climbing, but no ropes. If you're afraid of heights, this is not for you.

This will be a busy weekend in a short amount of time!!

Friday: Leave Denver whenever you want. Stay in Grand Junction (about 3.5-4 hours) or Green River, Utah (5.5-6 hours). Stay in a hotel, camp, lodging is on your own.

Saturday 8:45am: San Rafael Swell. 1 hour southwest of Green River, Utah. Hike the 8ish mile loop of Little Wildhorse/Bell canyons. This is not a cardio hike, this is a fun, laughing, take crazy pictures, adventure. Read about the hike here.

**Directions to trailhead: From Green River, Utah follow I-70 west for 11 miles to Exit #149 and Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south for 24 miles to mile maker 136 and the signed turn-off to Goblin Valley State Park. Follow the signs to Goblin Valley State Park. The signed turn-off to Little Wild Horse Canyon is located 11 miles from Highway 24 and 2 miles before the Goblin Valley State Park fee station on the west side of the road. Follow the dirt road for 5.3 miles to the Little Wild Horse trailhead. The trailhead has parking, a vault toilet, trail register and information kiosk. The trailhead can usually be reached by passenger car in good weather.

Saturday afternoon/evening: We'll go over to Goblin Valley State Park in the same area. You HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS PLACE. The valley is filled with rock formations/hoodoos. We'll explore and play in the formations. Hopefully we'll get to Matt's cave.

Saturday night: Lodging on your own. Free car camp on BLM land (remote spot or dirt group parking lot), pay camp at Goblin Valley State Park or hotel in Green River or Hanksville. (Hanksville is smaller, but closer. I typically stay in Green River.)

Sunday 830am, THERE'S MORE! Same area. Now it's time for the Ding/Dang canyons loop. Figure 7 miles-ish. This is where things get really tricky. Everyone should be able to do Ding. BUT not everyone can do Dang. You will need chimney-ing and some non-rope climbing skills for Dang. Some some of us will hike Dang, others will go up Ding and back down Ding. Don't worry, going up and down Ding is worth the trip. Sunday, meet at the Little Wild Horse/Bell canyon TH again to carpool or walk to the TH.

Sunday afternoon, 3pm-ish, drive home.

Cost: $25 donation to the organizer for weekend. This does not go into my meetup fund, this goes to me for my expenses. One day with a guide is $100+ so this is really cheap for 2 days. You're on your own for accommodations and food. If you want to carpool or buddy up for hotels/camping, please leave a note on your RSVP or post a note on the meetup site. A 4-wheel drive is helpful in the sand to get to Ding/Dang. Passengers cars can drive to Wildhorse/Bell.

**IMPORTANT NOTE** Do not make uncancelable reservations. If it is raining, we will cancel. These canyons are dangerous in rain.

Wanna do more? Ask me where to stop to see dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs along the way or other canyons to see in the San Rafael Swell and/or Moab.

Want to see pictures? Check out the 2010 trip. Check out the 2011 trip.

Got questions? Email me: [masked]
Asst Organizer
Denver Hiking Examiner
read my trip reports here

Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I spend hours researching hikes and rely on various sources, but I can't vouch for their accuracy. I am not a professional guide, you are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you require.

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  • Don B.

    I believe that Deb took us on the "advanced" hike....sheesh. Ropes are cheating!! A great day.

    April 12, 2013

  • Vickie

    After several years of not being able to make the trip, I am sooo glad I got to go with such a great group with Debbie leading us. Thanks Deb!!

    April 9, 2013

  • Helene H.

    What a wonderful group of people to "hang" out with! I didn't want to leave. Thank you Deb for all of your posativity and guidance!

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Ditto!" to all the comments. It was a great adventure and what a wonderful bunch of people! Thanks Deb for introducing me to a new fear and the ability to conquer it!

    2 · April 9, 2013

  • Don B.

    Nice workout, great place, beautiful is good. Namaste.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Terry G.

    Wow, did I really do that? Pretty awesome weekend.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • kimmykazu

    Thank you Deb! This was soo awesome, I'm planning a trip back but in reverse. Dang first and then Ding!!!

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Randy

    Debbie, that was a fun and interesting trip. What a great group of people on the hike. The team work was great. Thanks for your hard work in putting the trip together

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • AJ

    Brilliant! An intense and exhilarating adventure with great team work and encouragement by all involved. Much gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work by Debbie.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Charly

    Stupendous trip. Loved the exhilaration. Grateful for your leadership Debbie and the way everyone helped each other. Thanks!

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Hendrik

    Awesome trip. With a team like that not waterhole was to deep.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Terry G.

    A full car of us will be heading over with the little trailer on Friday morning and camping at the location listed below. We'll be staying until Monday morning. The trailer has a toilet which will be available to other campers.

    We're planning on cooking a meal on Saturday night and anyone else staying there is welcome to share this and contribute what they have. Kimmy said she will cook one of her outstanding pancake breakfasts on Sunday morning. Things that campers should bring: Cooking gear (the kitchen is small), chairs, and wood (if you want a fire).

    March 22, 2013

    • Gary

      I'll be driving a dark grey Dodge Ram pickup with/ a topper and racks on the top.

      April 4, 2013

    • Terry G.

      Both the Ford Escape and the Casita trailer are white. (Although they may look somewhat brown after the dirt road.) Look us up.

      April 4, 2013

  • Dan

    Deb, I sent you an email of explanation for this change. I hope you understand.

    March 21, 2013

  • Charly

    Looks like I waited too long because Goblin Valley State Park is filled Saturday April 6. Did anyone get a group reserveration? I have tent and camping gear. Thanks!

    March 6, 2013

    • Terry G.

      Charly, There's a place where people camp that's not an official campground. That's where I plan on putting the trailer. You're welcome to use the facilities.

      March 6, 2013

    • Terry G.

      This was something I received from Bill Bloomquist last year before the trip was cancelled. I have camped on the road to Goblin Valley in a little box canyon. It is 1/4 mile or so off the road. The side road is dirt but it is easy to negotiate.
      To get to "Buckskin Spring" go south from the info kiosk toward Goblin Valley for 2.9 miles. There is a turn toward the east. By the way the kiosk is about 5 miles from the highway. There are also other places along the road from the highway (toward the Swell) where people park. Buckskin Spring offers some privacy, however. There is plenty of room for several camps.
      GPS coordinates are 38°37.02N 110°46.34W.
      Camping at Goblin Valley is pretty nice because the sites are developed and there are showers and toilets. It is grass-free and barren, though. I have encounter strong winds in that whole area so you probably want to try for something sheltered.

      March 7, 2013

  • Roy L.

    Have work commitments that weekend now

    February 27, 2013

  • Lee K.

    Technical team!

    December 24, 2012

  • Dan

    RSVP won't let me add a guest but Jill would be joining me.

    November 4, 2012

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