Posted on September 12th, 2011 No comments
With Fry Canyon, you instantly get a taste of what canyoneering is all about! Starting instantly off of the highway, you swim and wade through a gallery of light bouncing off of the red rock canyon walls. What a wonderful spectacle in the early morning light. After this bit of narrows, the canyon opens up into a broad dry wash which gradually gets deeper with every bend. Soon our wash tightens up again and it is time to break out the ropes. Moving any further down canyon requires going straight down. Waiting for us at the bottom of this 50′ rappel is a wonderful cavern. The canyon is usually filled with a cool pool of water! The swim is short but fun and breath taking as you negotiate the red rock walls of the canyon. Soon you emerge from this beautiful pocket of fluted and ornately polished walls of convoluted rock to enjoy the warming rays of the sun and view the history above you on the cliff walls. Waiting there at the end is a wonderfully preserved site of Ancient American History. The Anasazi used to inhabit this canyon and used the pools of water you swam through as a water source during the long dry summer months. After a short break and change in attire, we are ready to continue down the canyon to the confluence of White Canyon. From here we head up the canyon to begin our ascent to the rim, giving us a quick return back to where it all started.
Fry Canyon is great for an introduction to canyoneering. The section of canyon that requires ropes contains an exciting and photogenic rappel, breathtaking narrows, and a bit of swimming. One great thing about Fry Canyon is it lends itself well to an educational experience, if one is desired. In this very small area there are opportunities to learn about the many techniques required for canyoneering, including rope skills, anchor rigging, sequencing, stemming, canyon swimming and canyon navigation.
Throughout Cedar Mesa is a region rich in archaeological history and many interesting sites to visit on your own while in the area – so why not make a day of it! The Anasazi culture inhabited the area and many ruins and rock art can be found on Cedar Mesa. Natural Bridges National Monument is also close by and the spectacular spans and colorful history there should definitely be seen.
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Fry Canyon Pricing
- $135.00 per person
- $115.00 per person for 3+ participants
Cost for all trips include guides, and all group canyoneering equipment, i.e. ropes, slings, and rigging including – harness, helmet, a rappel device, and a locking carabiner. It also includes Wetsuits, Life jackets, Bottled water, Sports Drinks, and Snacks. Proper clothing for the season should be considered, as well as clothes that can get damaged. Cost does not include lodging, meals, transportation to and from Blanding, personal equipment, and gratuities (tips) for instructors/guides.
Trips depart from the Blanding Visitors Center at 8:30 a.m. only. Group size is limited to 10 unless special requests are made. The total time we will be together is 6-7 hrs. If you are planning to spend more time in Cedar Mesa and would like to drive your own vehicle to the trail head or meet us out there to be able to do your own exploring afterwards, that is O. K.