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Cassidy Arch Canyon - Capitol Reef National Park

Cassidy Arch Canyon is a technical canyoneering route involving 7 rappels up to 140 ft tall through 3 arches.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 2.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Cassidy Arch Canyon is an awesome canyoneering route that starts at the popular Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park. The canyon... more »

Tips:  Cassidy Arch Canyon requires technical rope skills and should not be attempted by beginners.

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Points of Interest

1. PARK

Park in the parking lot. There is a restroom.

2. JUNCTION #1

Junction #1 - Turn left out of Grand Wash onto Cassidy Arch Trail.

3. JUNCTION #2

Junction #2 - Turn left toward Cassidy Arch. Straight would take you on the Frying Pan Trail to Cohab Canyon.

4. RAPPEL #1

Rappel #1 - 140' rappel off a tree; use retrievable rigging

5. ARCH #1

Arch #1 - Cassidy Arch

6. RAPPEL #2

Rappel #2 - 140' rappel off a 2-bolt anchor

7. RAPPEL #3

Rappel #3 - 2-stage rappel off a tree; 10' rappel then 20' walk then 20' rappel through a natural bridge

8. ARCH #2

Arch #2 - Natural Bridge

9. RAPPEL #4

Rappel #3 - crack squeeze then 15' rappel from a 2-bolt anchor

10. DOWN CLIMB #1

Down Climb #1 - 7' downclimb on a log

11. RAPPEL #5

Rappel #5 - 65 ft rappel from a 2-bolt anchor through a natural bridge

12. ARCH #3

Arch #3 - Natural Bridge

13. RAPPEL #6

Rappel #6 - 50 ft rappel from a 2-bolt anchor

14. BRIDGE

Historic wooden bridge

15. RAPPEL #7

Rappel #7 - 40' rappel off a tree

16. BOTTOM OF CANYON

Bottom of Cassidy Arch Canyon