Circle of Friends:
Arches National Park
is a charming technical canyoneering route in Arches National Park. The
route traverses interesting slickrock terrain and visits a location not accessible to your
average tourist. As with most of the Moab area
canyons the route is best described as an enchanting ramble.
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"
is a technical canyoneering route that is suitable for beginners with competent
leadership. The scenery is dramatic. This route requires complete technical gear. U-Turn is rated 3A I using the Canyon Rating
System. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. You will
need an Arches Canyoneering Permit to enter
U-Turn. 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.
Enjoy a short video from U-Turn.
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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