Circle of Friends:
Arches National Park
Canyon is one of the best canyoneering routes in Arches National Park. The route visits
a beautiful canyon that is hidden from the average tourist. The route is beginner friendly
with competent leadership.
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
"Circle of Friends"
Canyon is a fun technical canyoneering adventure that involves potholes and rappels. The
scenery is dramatic. Dragonfly Canyon requires complete technical gear. Dragonfly Canyon is rated 3B II using the
Canyon Rating System. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation
for this route is moderate.
The trailhead is located inside Arches National Park and is accessible to all vehicles in
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 years of undisturbed
growth before it becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A
single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.
Every canyon is
better with a video.
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