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Big Horn is best described as a fun hiking route with a short technical section of canyon. Big Horn requires complete technical gear. The scenery is dramatic. Big Horn is rated 3A II using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. You will need an Arches Canyoneering Permit to enter Big Horn Canyon.
Follow the route described and you will avoid areas of cryptobiotic crust. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way, literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires five to ten years of undisturbed growth before it even becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.
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