Canyon is a great route that contains several amazing petroglyph panels,
combined with a nice shaded approach hike, some fun minor scrambling and a heart
stopping descent into Moonflower Canyon. This route is a major
improvement over the traditional Moonflower
Canyon technical route.
Circle of Friends:
Canyon 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"
Mastodon Canyon is a technical canyoneering route that contains a dramatic
197-foot rappel. This rappel can unnerve even experienced canyoneers as you
literally step off into space. The views are dramatic. Mastodon Canyon requires complete technical gear.
Mastodon Canyon 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.
for this route is moderate. The route does traverse through some major areas of cryptobiotic
soil that can be easily 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 Mastodon 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.
Enjoy a short video from Mastodon Canyon in Moab, Utah.