Granary Rappel

Granary Canyon – Moab, UT

Granary PoolsThe Low Down: This is a full-day event located above Moab near Dead Horse State Park. It has a great view of the La Sal Mountains at the beginning and a backside view of Hoorah Pass at the end. The guidebooks say it takes between seven and ten hours, but if you only had a couple people, you might be able to bust it out in four or five hours. We had a party of five and it took us six hours.

If you want the full canyoneering experience, this is the canyon to do. It has nine or ten (the last one is optional) rappels of mixed difficulty, pools, overhangs, and even an optional directional rappel. We also tried to make a swing on a low arch to hop over a pool… didn’t quite work out for us though. Just plan on getting very wet multiple times in this canyon if you decide to check it out. As for scenery, the Granary is filled with picturesque examples of water-carved bowls and canyons.

If you do all ten, you need to plan ahead and park a car at the Jug Handle parking area. Otherwise, hike out 2.9 miles southeast along the 4×4 trail back to where you parked originally after the ninth rappel.

Getting There: Take Utah 313 toward Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park. Drive 14.6 miles, then turn left to stay on Utah 313. After another 1.6 miles, make a left turn onto the unmarked dirt Long Canyon Road. Drive 2.6 miles until you see a large sandy parking area on the left. AtGranary Canyon the northeast corner of the parking area, hike over the sandy hill and find the 4×4 road heading northeast (toward the right). There is also one heading northwest, so be sure you are following the right one. Follow the road for just under a mile until you hike into a wash at the start of the canyon.

Equipment Needed: 2 60 meter ropes

Anchor Types: Trees on all but the 8th rappel, Bolts on Rap 8

Highlights: View of La Sal Mountains, view of Hoorah Pass

Considerations: Moderate flash flood danger, available year round but cold during the winter since you will get wet.

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