Golden Catherdral Rappel

Neon Canyon
Grand Staircase
Escalante National Monument

Technical Canyoneering

          Neon Canyon is one of the most popular canyons in the area. Hikers come to enjoy the beauty of the Golden Cathedral. Technical canyoneers come to test their skills, and show off for the hikers who come to visit the Golden Cathedral.

          Some of the photographs used on this page are compliments of Giles Wallace and Bruce Neumann.

Circle of Friends:
          Neon 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.

"Circle of Friends"

Giles Wallace in Neon Canyon Julie Wallace at the Golden Cathedral Rappel

General Information:
          If you enjoy swimming, downclimbing, narrows, rappelling and a long day this might be the route for you. Neon Canyon requires complete technical gear. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. Neon Canyon is rated 3B R IV using the Canyon Rating System.

          Please do not place bolts in this canyon. Neon has often been at the center of the so called "Bolt War", where bolts are repeatedly placed and chopped. This canyon is easy to descend using only natural features. Hundreds of canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without using or placing bolts, so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which is considered part of the adventure and charm of canyoneering.

Swimming in Neon Canyon Dropping into the Golden Cathedral

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is accessible to all high clearance 2 wheel drive vehicles in normal weather conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route.

Rappeling into the dreaded keeper pothole. Swimming in Neon

Hiking and Backpacking Information:
          The Golden Cathedral is a popular backpacking, hiking and photographic destination. Members of the Circle of Friends are given maps, route informantion and additional details to improve your hiking or backpacking adventure.

Golden Cathedral Golden Cathedral

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