Perfect for Beginners
Build Canyoneering Skills
Canyoneering Adventure with Stunning Lake Powell & Bears Ears National Monument Views
Get ready for the ultimate canyoneering adventure! We’re taking you on a hike up to the canyon where you’ll be blown away by the stunning views all the way from Lake Powell to the Bears Ears National Monument. But that’s not all – we’ll be spending the whole day in the canyon doing some serious canyoneering. You’ll get to test your limits with rappelling, stemming, climbing, scrambling, hiking, and even a bit of wading! And let’s not forget about the man-made tunnel we’ll be exploring. Don’t forget your trusty headlamp – this is going to be one thrilling adventure!
Whether you’re an experienced canyoneer or a first-timer, this canyon is the perfect place to dive into the world of canyoneering. It’s not too tight, so even if you’re a bit claustrophobic, you’ll feel right at home. Join us on this unforgettable journey and experience the best canyoneering in Utah. At the end of it all, we’ll even check out that cool tunnel that goes underneath the highway, the perfect way to end an unforgettable day!
Why Choose This Tour
Beginners will rejoice at the opportunity to practice rappelling and down climbing without the super tight spaces of most canyons
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in the scenic walls and winding hallways of the slot canyon
Get in loads of practice in sliding, stemming down, and partner assists thanks to the handful of little downclimbs in this canyon!
Increase your comfort level on the rope with rappels from 5 feet up to 45 feet!
Explore a man made tunnel at the end of this trip, a unique way to end an amazing canyoneering experience
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- $230 for one person
- $195 per person for two people
- $165 per person for groups of 3 – 5
- $145 per person for groups of 6 – 10
7am meet time at our office – 8:45 am meet time at Hog Springs in North Wash
Our office in Blanding, Utah or Hog Springs Rest Area in North Wash, Utah
Months available: March – May & September – October
Days available: Monday – Saturday
6 -7 Hours
*Includes a 1.45 minute drive to trailhead
1 – 10
- Expert guides and canyoneering instruction with decades of experience in aspects of canyoneering as well as search and rescue and emergency medicine
- All technical canyoneering gear
- All group safety rescue gear
- Transportation to and from the trailhead
- Gratuity for guides
What to bring
- A small backpack to carry your gear in
- Personal appropriate snacks as desired
- A minimum of 2 liters of water per person (more in the hotter months)
- Appropriate clothing and footwear for a desert environment and layers appropriate for the season. We may have the opportunity to get wet in the canyon, but no sandals or open toed shoes will be allowed.
- Footwear should be of solid quality to be hiking all day in. Shorts and jeans are discouraged – all clothing worn may get damaged in the canyon. A headlamp is also useful on this tour for the end hike out through a tunnel.
You should be in good physical condition and able to hike all day in rough uneven and challenging terrain.
The Middle Maidenwater canyoneering trip starts with a short safety briefing to ensure we are all on the same page safety-wise! After the safety briefing, we’ll begin the mile-uphill hike to the top of the canyon, where we’ll gear up by putting on our harnesses and helmets for our first rappel of about 40 feet. Before we get into the rappelling fun – we’ll have a quick snack and water break to keep our energy levels high!
After the first rappel, helping each other down along the way while bouldering obstacles, we’ll walk about 30 feet to the next rappel. The next rappel is a short 8 feet rappel down over a boulder, combined with a 20-foot to 200 hundred yard hike to get to our next rappel of a 10-15 foot drop. Depending on the season, you might even have the chance to get your feet wet! By this time, we will be nearing the end of our Middle Maidenwater canyoneering adventure, walking through a man-made tunnel under the highway to return to the vehicle. You’ll walk away with more canyoneering experience from repeated rappels, squeezing, down climbing, and partner assists!
Good To Know
Although there’s no way we can predict the weather, you may get wet in the canyon. But, no sandals or open-toed shoes will be allowed for safety protocols. Your footwear should be of the utmost quality to comfortably hike all day.
All clothing worn may get damaged in the canyon, and shorts and jeans are discouraged.
You don’t have to be in top physical form, but you must be in good enough shape to hike all day in rough, uneven, and challenging terrain.
We recommend you bring a headlamp on this tour to have a more comfortable experience on the hike out through the tunnel.
Due to the nature and direction of this canyon, we do not recommend this canyon in the hottest season of the year (mid-June through August).
Due to the possibility of inclement weather and flash floods, trips may be canceled for these reasons, amongst others. Please see our cancellation policy page for more information on this.
A guided canyoneering trip consists of the group hiking, climbing, scrambling, down climbing and stemming and rappelling through narrow slot canyons.
When we meet up at our designated meeting locations, we will have a safety briefing and instructions for the trip. We’ll gear up and then depart for the canyon(s). During the trip we will be hiking over slick rock, in sand, through water, and between the walls of the canyons. We will be in and out of the sun and shade. There will be several steep inclines to hike up, and several steep descents into the canyon(s),. We will spend the day in the canyon and have frequent snack and water breaks in the canyon, or a couple of the trips have breaks in between two separate canyons where we will be back at the vehicle. Once finished we will hike out, inventory gear and depart to your various other destinations.
No you don’t need to be in peak physical condition. You do need to be able to hike for several hours on different types of terrain and different angles of terrain while carrying a pack with your personal gear and some group gear including ropes, harness, helmet, water, wetsuits, and any clothing you wish to bring along.
Aside from knowing what to expect, previous experience is not generally necessary. We offer trips for various skill levels. During our Canyoneering Trips we offer enough instruction to get you through the canyon at key critical points.
Rappelling know-how is not required and guides are more than willing to help instruct on the basics to get you down the canyon. Due to the heights of some of the drops, those with an extreme fear of heights should take into consideration whether or not they believe they would be able to finish once started on a hike that requires rappelling. Once started into some of the canyons the only way out is to rappel out. We can not turn around halfway through and climb out. Rappelling will have to be accomplished. Some people find the rappel either the most exciting part, or the scariest part.
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See What Our Customers Say About Us
A really awesome canyoneering course! North Wash Outfitters came recommended to me by some friends and I’m so glad I did it. I feel so much more comfortable with the skills and techniques I learned, the instructors are super knowledgeable and experienced. Great class, great experience, great people. I look forward to taking an advanced class when I’m ready
Jared is super knowledgeable and taught us a lot. I would definitely recommend and will do the advanced course through them as well. Also having multiple instructors was a big help they all had different things to teach us.
I have taken both the beginner and advanced class from Jared and his crew. Their knowledge and teaching methods are superior. They not only teach the techniques in a way that anyone can learn, but they are also patient and make sure you understand. Going through the trainings and the canyons with them you can tell that safety is definitely a value.
Jared is the man you want to learn canyoneering from. Without a doubt, you will not find a better instructor than him. His guides are also incredible at what they do and extremely knowledgeable. The progression of the course is absolutely perfect, going from learning the basics, to practicing what you’ve learned, to real life scenarios in the canyon.