Granary Canyon – Moab Canyoneering


Awesome wilderness canyon with many fantastic rappels and superb arches!

Very few Moab canyons contain as many exquisite natural arches as the journey through Granary Canyon. And what a journey it is! Six fantastic rappels and a lot of tricky scrambling are encountered within the depths of this remote canyon, which houses at least seven major arches and scores of smaller ones. Over the course of this one-way hike we’ll descend over 2,000 feet! And despite the day’s numerous rappels, this canyon tour is within reason for adventurous first-time rappellers. Are you ready?

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Moderate/Difficult
All about the Granary Canyon – Moab Canyoneering.
  • Duration: 8-10 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
  • Minimum Age:  We suggest a minimum age of 12 for Granary Canyon trips. Exceptions are sometimes made, so please give us a call or shoot us an email to discuss your options.
  • Total Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Rappels: 6 (20ft/6m, 70ft/21m, 60ft/18m, 40ft/12m, 15ft/5m, 200ft/60m)
  • Distance from Moab: 45 minutes one-way
  • Season: Spring/Fall – closed April 1 – August 15 for bighorn sheep lambing grounds
  • All tours are private – just your group and your guide!
    • 1 Person – $520
    • Group of 2 – $260/person
    • Group of 3 – $245/person
    • Group of 4 or more – $230/person
    • Please call for availability if your group has 14 or more people in it
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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)!
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Lunch and snacks – please bring enough food to be out and active for 8-10 hours
  • Water – we recommend at least 2 liters of water per person, more on warmer days
  • Price does not include tax or guide gratuity

We rate our canyoneering trips based on physical difficulty. Granary Canyon is a one-way, mostly downhill hike with very minimal elevation gain. However, throughout the day, we cover 6 miles of terrain and it feels more like 8 or 9 miles by the end of the day. Since this is a longer day, our packs are heavier with more water, more gear, more snacks, etc. Some of the rappels are awkward, but still appropriate for adventurous beginners.

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.

Whatever you would wear for a full day hike will be just fine. You can check the weather here before you arrive. Bring a warm layer for the spring and fall months. We require closed-toe shoes for all of our canyoneering tours. Depending on recent rains, there is a chance you’ll get your lower half wet during this hike.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to general questions about canyoneering

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 19/11/2021

Kai and her team were remarkably professional, knowledgeable, and capable. The booking process was seamless and our day in the canyon was one we will never forget. Kai made us feel safe and led us through an unbelievable day. On this full day excursion, we did not encounter any other groups, which was an added bonus to the trip.

Reviewed On 22/03/2021

Just got back from our amazing grainery canyon trip.The best trip I have taken in Moab. Beautiful red rock scenery and there were several ancient grainery for storing corn and some very old rock art. The trip is long with 6-7 rappels, we bypassed one and down climbed to the canyon floor. Great photo opportunities of repelling through the snail and the onion. The last rappel is a spectacular 200 feet to the Colorado river. Our guide Ed was great guy and knew all the history of the canyon and where to take the best pictures. The scenery in and out of the canyon is stunning we did not see anyone else all day. Great day with great folks i would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for an out of the ordinary adventure