Country is perhaps the easiest and most entertaining way of connecting
Mastodon Canyon with
Sunseed Canyon. This is a fun technical canyoneering route that contains several amazing petroglyph panels, combined with a nice shaded approach hike, some fun minor scrambling, and
several entertaining rappels.
Circle of Friends:
Country 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
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"Circle of Friends"
Lizard Country is a
technical canyoneering route that contains several entertaining rappels and
some interesting scrambling. Lizard Country requires complete technical gear.
Lizard Country is rated 3A II using the Canyon
Rating System. This canyon is accessible year round, but the route would not be
enjoyable during the hot summer month's. This is an excellent winter and cold weather route.
In normal conditions this canyon does not require any swimming or wading.
Navigation for this route is moderate. The route does traverse through some
major areas of cryptobiotic soil that can be avoided with a little
care. A GPS is useful and good map reading skills essential. This canyon has
an extremely small flash flood danger.
The Lizard Country
Trailhead is accessible year round to all vehicles and is located within 10
minutes of downtown Moab.
Follow the route
described and 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.