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Is Labor Day too hot for canyoneering circa Moab?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by townsend, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. townsend

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    I know this rock climbing friend from out of state who is going to be around Moab Labor Day, and he was thinking about canyoneering.

    Apart from the fact that Moab will probably be crawling with tourists, I would think that the weather would not be hospitable -- too hot. Can someone confirm or correct that?

    And I take it the same would be true of North Wash at that time of year.
  2. Scott Patterson

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    There are some canyons in Moab that are good in hot weather.

    These are all good hot weather canyons:

    Bull Canyon (you have to swim the Colorado River)
    Professor Creek (lots of waterfalls)
    Medieval Chamber (wading and nice swim holes once you hit Granstaff)
    Fins and Things (once you hit Mill Creek there are swimming holes and waterfalls)
    Entrajo (usually wet, but can be stinky if it hasn't rained in a while)
    Pleiades (though this year it is dry and lame right now)

    All of those canyons are good in hot weather.

    Still, I would not go to Moab on Labor Day weekend. It will be a zoo. There is also a Jeep Safari in Moab over Labor Day weekend. Expect just about every hotel and most of the campsites taken.

    Other areas have better canyons as well.
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  3. townsend

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    Thanks Scott. If my friend doesn't want to venture far away from Moab (his son is doing some activity there), where is the closest place/area you would go to canyoneering? (I am assuming he doesn't want to come to Ouray . . . three hours would be too far.)
  4. Scott Patterson

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    If you are already in Moab anyway, and can't go far, do some of the canyons above.

    There aren't that many other good summer canyons in the vicinity. Next closest might be Three Canyon or Zero G. Farther afield are Crescent Creek or Sulphur Creek. Lower Maidenwater is good in summer. North Wash would be brutal.
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  5. Taylor

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    To beat the heat and some of the crowds, I would get high in the LaSals and either hike, bike, or run trails.
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  6. Kuenn

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    Nah, it's only "dry" heat. ;)

    Been in Moab and vicinity in July more than once. It's all relative, IMO.

    Start early or finish late and it's not that bad....although I do remember the car temp gauge registering 109° coming out of Winter Camp - the name didn't seem to make a difference that day.

    This was a July trip, started late and most of the slot was in shade. Hiked out in the dark.
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    We can attach gif's? How'd you do that???? Oh the memery that shall ensue!
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  8. Sutitan

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    Looks like dragonfly, but ive only been there when that pothole is completely full. looks way different when empty. I had no idea it was that deep.
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