3/4 Day Beginning to Intermediate Canyoneering Trip – Hypatia Canyon
Requiring a bit more stamina than our 1/2 Day Trips, our “intermediate” loops are still suitable for people of all skill levels who are used to activity and will enjoy the exertion of scrambling, climbing, and hiking as well as the rope work of canyoneering.
We encourage people to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to see the treasures of the Hypatia Canyon system.
Tucked within a sweeping lunar landscape of rock dunes and fins are several quiet and rarely visited canyons. Dinosaur tracks, a sweeping secluded arch, and a multitude of shady canyon obstacle-courses, including a short wade through pot-holes, mark the passage with three opportunities to rappel.
Groups preferring to ease into the experience of rappelling can bypass the first rappel, a stunning 130ft drop beside Teardrop Arch, and begin with the second rappel.
The 50ft second rappel is our access into an impressive rock amphitheater, and ushers us into our last challenge: an exposed 100ft rappel.
A short hike back to the trip’s starting point closes this fantastic desert loop!
- Duration: 6-7 hours
- Drive from Moab: 10 minutes
- Max. guide to client ratio: 1:7
- Season: March – October, temperatures permitting
- Technical: 4 miles of advanced hiking
- 3 Rappels (130 ft, 50ft, 100ft), the longest rappel is off a very large arch; some short rope-assisted scrambles; short wades up to 5ft deep (depending on conditions)
Skill & Fitness Level
- No canyoneering experience required
- Beginner-intermediate athletic skill level
- Must be able to hike 4 miles over natural terrain with steep grades
- Must be able to scramble, stem, and climb up, down, or over canyon obstacles with a rope assist
- Must be comfortable wading through cold water
- Minimum age: 10 years
- Children must be mature enough to use reason and logic to mitigate their instinctual fear of backing over a cliff edge and also weigh enough (around 50lbs.) to counter the mass of the rope they’ll need to push through their rappel device.
What to Bring
- Lunch & snacks
- Drinking water
- All of the technical gear you will need for canyoneering
- Wetsuits, if deemed necessary
- Rental canyoneering shoes with extra-sticky rubber for gripping the rock and quick-draining material for comfort.
- Transportation from our office to the route and back to our office.
What you should Wear
- Shoes with a soft, flexible sole, such as running shoes or lightweight hiking shoes that you are comfortable possibly getting wet or dirty
- No open-toed sandals, please
- Clothes that are light-weight and loose fitting to allow you flexibility and freedom of movement
- Clothes that are suitable for the season
- No cotton jeans or sweatshirts
Other items we recommend that you bring
- A long sleeve, quick-drying shirt to use to warm up after swims
- Extra dry clothes may also be necessary depending on the temperature that day
- Sun screen
- Lip balm
- Brimmed hat
- Light long-sleeve shirt (for sun protection)
- Sun glasses
- Light rain gear
- Camera (waterproof)
- Extra snacks if you get really hungry, are a growing teenager, or have dietary restrictions or allergies
All trips depart from our office at 253 North Main, Moab UT. See location on Google map
Please be at our office at least 15 minutes before departure for check-in.
Early reservations are recommended!
This trip requires 3 people to run for the normal rates, listed below.
If your group only has 2 people and no other party gets added, then we will contact you and give you the option of
1) paying the 2-person price listed below,
2) changing the departure date or time of your trip to join another group, or
3) receiving a full refund.
$150 / person – youth (8-15)
$175 / person – adults (16+)
$260 / person – adults (16+)
Private or Chartered Guide
$45 / person added to your cost ensures that no one else will join your party, providing your group with more time for discussion and one-on-one instruction from our professional guides who specialize in the safest climbing/canyoneering techniques as well as the local natural history, geology, flora, and fauna.
Group discount of 10% available for eight or more.
Sizes and availability are limited.
1/2 Day: $6
Because a reservation guarantees space on a trip, we sometimes have to turn others away for those same dates. Thus, cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the trip dates in order to receive a full refund of the reservation deposit. Any cancellations made after the two-week cut off and up to 48 hours before the trip will forfeit the $20 per person deposit. To cover our costs, we must charge the full trip amount for any cancellations made less-than 48 hours before the trip.
We will refund your entire trip amount if we must make a cancellation due to adverse weather. Please be aware that weather cancellations are made only by our guides, based on how climbing and canyoneering conditions are affected.