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Canyons are one of the top, hidden treasures found within Utah’s diverse redrock landscape. Not only are they unique in their beauty, but Canyoneering near Moab also offers visitors the ability to experience the most remote and pristine areas of the state up close.

Canyoneering in Utah for Everyone

Exploring the canyons (canyoneering) isn’t just for experienced adventurers. The professional guides at Get In The Wild Adventures(opens in a new tab) provide you with all of the expertise and equipment needed, so you can show up and enjoy these areas safely.

For visitors looking to explore Utah, canyoneering is an option that provides a one-of-a-kind connection with the natural environment(opens in a new tab) that the state is so well known for. With the help of a professional guide(opens in a new tab), canyoneering is accessible to visitors of all ages and experience levels. Even better, these routes are easy to access for travelers looking for things to do in Moab, as the headquarters are located in nearby Hanksville(opens in a new tab). Better yet, Hanksville has its own small town Utah charm you won’t want to miss out on.

Five Adventures to Experience Canyoneering Near Moab

The Greater Canyonlands in the Wayne County and Hanksville areas is a world class canyoneering destination located just a quick hour and thirty minute drive Southwest of Moab. Each of these Moab canyoneering routes is rated by level of challenge and for the level of solitude guests can expect to find in each area. Each trip has space for between two and ten people, and private group tours are available for groups of eight or more.

Goblins Lair Canyoneering Adventure

1. Half Day Goblin’s Lair Canyoneering Excursion

This excursion is suitable for beginners and families, taking you right into the heart of Goblin Valley State Park for nearly five hours. This is a beautiful red rock area known for the hoodoos and goblins (the incredible rock formations) that exist there.

Along with enjoying the otherworldly scenery found here, you will learn how to safely rappel from a professional guide. After learning the correct rappelling techniques, you get to take on a 90-foot free rappel directly into Goblin’s Lair (also sometimes called The Chamber of the Basilisk – a fun reference for you Harry Potter fans out there). Explore the cavern with your guide and enjoy scenic views of nearby Robbers Roost, before heading back home.

Learn more and book this canyoneering Utah experience in Goblin Valley State Park today.

127 Hours Canyoneering Tour

2. 127 Hours Slot Canyoneering Adventure

This is a moderate canyoneering adventure that can be enjoyed as a full-day or multi-day outing. Your guide will take you on an awe-inspiring and challenging journey through BlueJohn Canyon (now sometimes called Aron Ralston Canyon) for a full-day adventure. This was the canyon featured in the film 127 Hours, making it the most famous slot canyon in the area.

A blend between a desert hike and a technical canyoneering challenge, you will get the best of both worlds with this adventure. After hiking through the pristine Robbers Roost desert and entering the canyon, you will experience the thrill of moving through narrow slots, long rappels, down-climbs, and potholes.

Book today and experience Utah’s most famous canyon.

Ultimate Adventure Canyoneering Tour

3. Ultimate Moab Canyoneering Challenge

When you are looking for things to do in Moab or nearby, there is nothing that gets you into the depths of Utah’s true remote wilderness quite like an all day canyoneering excursion. 

An experienced guide will lead you through the wilds of Greater Canyonlands at either the San Rafael Swell or Robbers Roost. Ultimate Challenge adventures can be customized for intermediate or advanced explorers. In general, this is designed as a more challenging canyoneering adventure. You’ll receive guidance and then take on technical challenges like rappelling, scrambling, down climbs, and wading, all while taking in breathtaking views of the spectacular redrock landscape. 

Learn more and take on the Ultimate Challenge canyoneering adventure.

Occulus Canyon Tour

4. Half-Day Canyoneering Tour of Occulus Canyon

Occulus Canyon lies among the alluring canyons of the San Rafael Swell. Still considered a beginner excursion, this half-day canyoneering adventure will take you to an incredible petroglyph viewing area and an ancient Puebloan alcove, as well as viewing areas for natural bridges and hanging gardens deep within The Swell.

After a slot canyon hike, you will learn rappelling techniques and have the experience of rappelling 90-feet into the Occulus, to enjoy an environment touched only by weather and time. At the top of the canyon you can take in views of surrounding areas, which include Robbers Roost, Canyonlands National Park, and Bears Ears National Monument.

Best of Canyoneering Adventure Tour

5. Explore Utah with a Multi-Day Canyoneering Tour

Experience the absolute best of canyoneering Moab with a moderate intensity three- to five-day canyoneering tour. On this tour an experienced guide will take you through all of the best spots throughout Robbers Roost and San Rafael Swell.

On the first day your professional canyoneering guide will teach you all of the techniques you’ll need for the journey. This includes rappelling, scrambling, and how to navigate tight slots in the canyon. Throughout these three days, you’ll explore territory where outlaws famously took refuge from the law and ancient first nations territories for a truly unforgettable experience in Utah’s most remote and pristine environments.

Learn more and book your big Utah canyoneering adventure today.

If you’re visiting or in the Moab area and ready to explore Utah’s most remote landscapes with the safety of a professional guide, these canyon tours are the best opportunity to do it.

Get In the Wild Adventures also provides canyoneering courses and other tours and classes to get you outside to experience Utah’s raw and wild beauty. These include yoga and hiking retreats and wildwest and outlaw tours.

Contact Get In The Wild Adventures for more details.

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