Aardvark Canyon - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Aardvark Canyon
South Fork

Grand Staircase
Escalante National Monument

Technical Canyoneering

          The South Fork of Aardvark Canyon is an impressive and seldom visited technical slot canyon. This incredible canyon is off the beaten path, which has allowed it to remain hidden to all but the most intrepid canyoneers. But thanks to some enterprising canyoneers with the desire to explore the unknown this canyon's captivating secrets are now unlocked for you to enjoy.

Circle of Friends:
          Aardvark Canyon 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.

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General Information:
          The South Fork of Aardvark Canyon is a spectacular technical canyoneering adventure tucked into a remote section of Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. The slot canyon is rated 3B III R using the Canyon Rating System. This is a physically demanding canyon requiring constant downclimbing, squeezing, chimneying and pothole escapes.

          South Fork of Aardvark Canyon requires complete technical gear. In normal conditions this canyon has the ability to hold a large amount of water and you will encounter sections of wading and swimming. A GPS along with a detailed route description are extremely useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. This canyon has a moderate flashflood danger, check the local weather report and use commonsense before entering this canyon.

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Natural Anchors:
          There are no bolted anchors in Aardvark Canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You will likely need to locate and construct natural anchors which can be difficult in this canyon due to lack of building materials. You might need to harvest rocks from above or below a rappel in order to build an anchor.

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Trailhead Information:
          A 4x4 vehicle is required to access the Aardvark Canyon Trailhead. Options for doing this route both with and without a shuttle vehicle are presented.

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