Circle of Friends:
Capitol Reef National Park
Burro Wash is a clandestine treasure tucked into the Waterpocket Fold of
Capitol Reef National Park. The bottom section of the canyon can be enjoyed by hikers
seeking a glimpse of a classic sandstone slot canyon. Enjoying the complete adventure
offered by this wild canyon requires technical canyoneering skills.
The Waterpocket Fold is an immense
bulge in the earth's crust known as a monocline in which 14 layers of sedimentary strata
were tilted upward. A trip through Burro Wash as it slices through the Waterpocket Fold is
a geologic amusement ride.
Wash is part of the "Circle of Friends"
program. Members of the "Circle of Friends"
have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints,
trailhead location and detailed maps. If
you would like more information on joining the "Circle of
Friends" visit the sign up page.
"Circle of Friends"
Burro Wash is a technical
canyoneering adventure and requires complete technical gear.
The technical portion of the canyon consists of swimming, wading, downclimbing, rappelling
and a bunch of fun.
few bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Hundreds of canyoneers
before you have descended this canyon without placing additional bolts, so please play
fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which is moderately
difficult in this canyon.
Burro Wash is rated 3B III using
the Canyon Rating System. This canyon has
a moderate flashflood danger. Navigation for this route is difficult. A GPS
is extremely useful in identifying waypoints. Good map reading skills are essential.
Burro Wash can be visited and enjoyed by hikers. Burro Wash from the
bottom is rated 2B II using the Canyon Rating System. Hikers will likely encounter knee to
waist deep wading. Attempting this canyon from the bottom up is a great adventure for
hikers wanting to experience a nice slot canyon.
A vehicle shuttle is
required to complete this route as a technical adventure. No shuttle is required for
hikers wanting to explore a slot canyon.