Upper Black Box - San Rafael Swell

Upper Black Box
San Rafael Swell
Technical Canyoneering

          The Upper Black Box is a spectacular canyon. The San Rafael River has carved a deep narrow slot canyon into the heart of the San Rafael Swell. The Coconino sandstone walls are 400 feet high and in places only 25 feet wide. Canyoneering this route involves several miles of wading and swimming. Getting through the Upper Black Box is an exciting and entertaining adventure. 

          The San Rafael Swell is one of the most primitive and rugged areas in the lower 48 states. This also means that you must be self-reliant, plan ahead and use good judgment. Emergency Service, help or rescue is not close by or easily obtained. The Black Box can be deadly and should be taken seriously.

Circle of Friends:
          Upper Black Box 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:
         
Upper Black Box is a water filled slot canyon that requires complete technical gear. This canyon is suitable for beginners with competent leadership. Upper Black Box is rated 3C II using the Canyon Rating System. This route is usually done from late spring through fall. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills and a detailed route description are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate.

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Trailhead Information:
          The Upper Black Box does not require a vehicle shuttle. The trailhead is accessible to high clearance vehicles in normal conditions, four wheel drive is not required.

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Related Links:
Death in the Lower Black Box

Lower Black Box Route Description

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Video:
          Enjoy a short video from Upper Black Box Canyon in in the San Rafael Swell.

 

 


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