Purgatory Canyon - Dante Canyon System

Purgatory Canyon
Dante Canyon System

Lake Powell
Technical Canyoneering

          The Dante Canyon System is made up of four short and challenging canyons. From west to east the canyons are Devil's Thumb, Purgatory, Inferno, Limbo and Paradiso. Normally two of these canyons are combined to create a full day of canyoneering. These canyons are remote and drain an area known as Ticaboo Mesa.

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          Purgatory 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.

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General Information:
Purgatory is the easiest canyon in the Dante Canyon System and is the best place to begin for those unfamiliar with the area. The canyon is very scenic and beginner friendly with competent leadership.

          Purgatory requires complete technical gear and is rated 3A II using the Canyon Rating System.

          There are no bolted anchors in this canyon, let's preserve this feature. Many canyoneers before you have descended this canyon without placing bolts, so please play fair. You might need to locate and construct natural anchors, which should be considered part of the charm. Most problems in this canyon are easy to defeat using a little teamwork and ingenuity. The sandstone in this slot is very soft. Please construct rappel anchors that do not create rope grooves when you pull your ropes.

          A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills and a detailed route description are essential. There are no trails in the area and route finding skills are required. You must be certain you are entering the intended drainage or you could encounter major difficulties.

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Trailhead Information:
          The Dante System Trailhead can usually be reached by high clearance two wheel drive vehicles. Four-wheel-drive vehicles will have no problem reaching the trailhead. The roads in this area vary seasonally.

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