Entrajo Canyon – Moab Canyoneeringfrom
Adventurous canyon hiking with lots of variety (and sometimes water)!
This canyon tour is one of the more adventurous half day tours in Moab. It combines easy rock climbing, hiking and rappelling to visit one of Moab’s best slot canyons. As we work our way to the top of the canyon, we’re rewarded with big views of the La Sal Mountains. Once in the canyon, we wind our way through water-carved narrows and marvel at the work that Mother Nature has done over millions of years. We’ll encounter several fun obstacles throughout our hike, navigating them with creativity, teamwork and ropes! This canyoneering route does not require any previous experience – just a sense of adventure!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy/Moderate
- Duration: 4-6 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Total Hiking Distance: 2 miles
- Rappels: 2 (15ft/5m, 80ft/24m)
- Distance from Moab: 25 minutes one-way
- Season: April – September
- Morning and afternoon trips available
- All tours are private – just your group and your guide!
- 2-3 people – $134/person
- 4-13 people – $120/person
- 14+ people – call for pricing and availability
Oftentimes in canyoneering we find ourselves descending into unlikely places where most folks normally wouldn’t desire to go. Canyoneers get muddy, shuffle through tight canyon passages, rappel down awkward dropoffs and of course wade and swim through pools of water. Why?! Maybe it’s curiosity that compels? Perhaps the chance of stumbling upon a place more beautiful? If any of this sounds enticing to you, Entrajo Canyon is the place to be!
In its short length, Entrajo runs the gamut of most everything that has come to define canyoneering: simple hiking through beautiful wide canyons, long mesa-top views toward distant mountain ranges, struggling through tight narrow canyon walls and interlocking potholes of water – and, of course, climbing gear. A jaunt through Entrajo Canyon involves the use of ropes, carabiners, harnesses, helmets, spring-loaded camming devices, and other nifty tools of the trade used to allow curious canyoneers access to the desert’s deep, dark – and beautiful – recesses.
This canyon tour is moderately challenging, yet supremely scenic and rewarding. One short rappel within a series of scoured out potholes is necessary to safely hike through the canyon. The finale of the technical section sometimes includes a swim through chilly water – refreshing during the summer months, though this quality prohibits us from comfortably visiting this canyon in all but the hottest months of the year. Pleasant hiking following the swim places us on a bench high above the trailhead. A second rappel here gently brings us to within a stone’s throw of the start – a fine finish to a wonderful morning of exploring one of Moab’s most unique canyons.
Complementing the scenery are geologic curios that litter the canyon – a stately natural arch perched on the canyon rim, strangely eroded hoodoos, glacial erratics, cross-bedded rock layers and Jurassic-aged burrow casts. The geologic story of this canyon is quite different than that of the other canyons in the Moab area and a good bit of time is spent learning about this geologically fascinating area.
- All canyoneering gear and safety equipment
- Instruction from experienced and fun guides
- Transportation to and from the canyon
- Private Tour – just your group plus your guide(s)!
- Snacks – please bring enough to be out and active for 4-6 hours
- Water – please bring between 1 and 2 liters per person
We rate our canyoneering trips based on physical difficulty. Entrajo Canyon is a loop hike and requires some uphill, off-trail scrambling. There are places where we’ll use our hands and feet for progress and your guide will coach you through a few easy climbing moves. This canyon also offers the opportunity to use different techniques such as downclimbing, using a handline and “chimneying” (your feet on one wall, your back on the other). The hiking here is doable for anyone that is reasonably fit, but it is more adventurous than your run of the mill hiking trail.
Conditions are always changing, and that’s part of the fun with canyoneering! The pools in Entrajo Canyon are typically left full of water after a big flash flood. As days pass with no rain, these pools start to dry up. We’ve even seen a flash flood deposit sand, leaving no room for the pools to hold any water. Long story short, you’ll just have to wait and see! Generally, we have an idea of the canyon conditions because we are visiting this canyon on a regular basis. That being said, nothing is guaranteed!
We always go into Entrajo Canyon prepared to get wet. We can almost guarantee that you’ll at least get your feet wet, so closed-toe shoes that can get wet are a must. Trail running shoes, Tevas/Keens with a toe-cap, or old sneakers seem to work best. “Waterproof” boots are not recommended, as they’ll turn from “waterproof” to “waterlogged” at the first ankle-deep pool. In addition, wear clothing that can get wet. In the cooler months, bring a warm layer. You can check the weather here before you arrive.
Absolutely! Our private tours allow us to spend plenty of time at the top of each rappel going over rappel technique, answering questions, etc. On every rappel, you will be backed up with a second rope that the guide can use to slow you down or take over control if necessary. You’ll “learn the ropes” and be able to control your own speed, but you’ll never be 100% on your own.
Please visit our FAQ page for answers to general questions about canyoneering.