Circle of Friends:
Not Tierdrop Canyon
Arches National Park
is an entertaining technical canyoneering route in Arches National Park. The
route provides outstanding views of Park Avenue from above. As
with many of the Moab area canyons the route is best
described as a enchanting excursion.
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 up page.
"Circle of Friends"
Not Tierdrop is best described as a short but fun technical
route. Not Tierdrop requires complete technical gear. The scenery is dramatic.
Not Tierdrop is rated 3A I using the Canyon Rating System. You will need an
Arches Canyoneering Permit to enter
Tierdrop Canyon. It is of value to note that
Tierdrop, Not Tierdrop and
U-Turn all use the same trailhead. This makes completing a combo platter
of any combination of the canyons easy to complete in a single day.
The trailhead is located inside Arches National Park and is accessible to
all vehicles in all conditions.
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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