Circle of Friends:
aka: Coin Slot
Things is an interesting technical slot canyon located just outside of
Moab. The route lacks the signature feature associated with most
canyoneering routes, but that is made up for on the exit hike which
visits three excellent panels of rock art and two outstanding swimming
& Things 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"
Fins & Things is a technical canyoneering route that is suitable for beginners with
competent leadership. Fins & Things is rated 3A III using the Canyon Rating
System. This route is about as easy and simple as technical canyoneering
routes comes. Fins & Things requires complete technical gear. This canyon is accessible year round.
Fins & Things is one of the few canyons in the area that make both a good
winter and summer route as it contains two excellent, but easily avoidable
for this route is moderate. The route does traverse through some areas of cryptobiotic
soil but they are easy to avoid with a little care. A GPS is useful. Good map reading
skills are essential. This canyon has a very minor flash flood danger.
Sand Flats Permit is required to enter the
Sand Flats Recreational Area (SFRA), which includes the Fins and Things
The trailhead is located
only a couple miles from downtown Moab. The trailhead is
accessible to all vehicles in all weather conditions.
For those without a
car shuttle an optional loop route is provided.
Moab Swimming Hole