Red Breaks Canyon - Grand Staircase Escalante National Park

Red Breaks Canyon
Big West Fork

Grand Staircase
Escalante National Monument

Canyoneering

          The Big West Fork of Red Breaks is an amazing slot canyon accessible to all physically fit hikers. This is without doubt the best slot canyon in the Red Breaks drainage. This is a great canyon for those with good backcountry skills that do not want a technical challenge.

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          Red Breaks Big West Fork 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:
          There are several slot canyon routes in the Red Breaks area, many of them requiring miles of tedious hiking in very soft sand. The Big West Fork of Red Breaks is the best slot canyon of them all and this route describes how to access it in the easiest way possible.

          The Big West Fork of Red Breaks requires no technical gear and is accessible to all experienced and physically fit hikers. The route described is rated 2AII using the Canyon Rating System.

          A GPS is helpful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills are essential. All waypoints and maps for this route use WGS84 datum. Navigation for this route is moderate. There is no hiker trail for this route, but mistakes in navigation are easy to overcome and correct on this route.

          This canyon has moderate flashflood danger, a clear view of any approaching weather is easily visible before committing to this slot canyon.

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Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is usually accessible to carefully driven passenger cars in normal weather conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not required to complete this route. There is reasonable primitive camping in the area.

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Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

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