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Marble Canyon Closure

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rick Demarest, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Rick Demarest

    Rick Demarest

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    The Navajo Nation has closed all access to Marble Canyon via Navajo reservation lands. This closure affects access to many popular slot canyons. The Coalition of American Canyoneers is actively working with the Navajo Nation to determine if access can be reopened. Note: This closure does not affect access to Waterholes Canyon.

    This closure reportedly came about because the Bodaway-Gap chapter felt visitors to tribal lands were often not obtaining permits, were starting illegal campfires, were often getting stuck on rough roads requiring rescue, and were not generally treating the land the way they felt it should be treated. As a reminder, we’re almost always recreating on lands managed by others and it’s imperative that the land manager rules be followed to ensure continued access. We urge the canyoneering community to honor the Navajo closure and to avoid travel on Navajo Lands around Marble Canyon.

    The National Park Service has indicated that the use areas in Marble Canyon beneath the rim within the Park east of the river (SF9, SG9, SH9, SI9) remain open for permits, however, access to these use areas must be from BLM lands on the west side of Marble Canyon using a packraft to cross the river to access the east side use areas. A National Park Service permit could be denied if Navajo lands are being used to access these use areas. Routes off the western rim of Marble Canyon create terrific loops to access east side slot canyons but these routes are often rugged and convoluted compared to access via Navajo Lands. Be accordingly prepared if attempting these routes.

    https://www.americancanyoneers.org/marble-canyon-closure/

    The following table lists the affected canyons and if alternate access is available:
    Navajo Table Map.
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  2. Rdunn

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    Very sad to see. When we were out there in the spring there was a group doing Tatahatso without a permit - bragging about how they had just done Big Canyon without a permit. It only takes a few to ruin it for all. Huge thanks to CAC for advocating for us!
  3. Rick Demarest

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    Marble Canyon Closure
    As a follow up to this: There have been reports that the Cameron office is issuing permits for the Salt Trail & believes that there is no closure. However the Cameron chapter is on the West/South side of the LCR while the Bodaway-Gap chapter which issued the closure is on the North side. CAC would appreciate any information that folks have in regard to permits or travel in the area in question.
    Send replies to cac@americancanyoneers.org
    Thank you.
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  5. Rick Demarest

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    UPDATE - Marble Canyon Closure
    The Navajo Nation has released an update to the recent closure of access to Marble Canyon via Navajo reservation lands. All of the canyons with the exception of Tatahatso are open and permits are being issued by the Navajo Tribal Park. Please respect the closure of Tatahatso and do not travel on Marble Canyon reservation lands without a permit. Doing so jeopardizes future access.

    NOTE: Even though the letter says "Trail" it means the road to Tatahatso Point which effectively closes access across reservation land to Tatahatso Canyon, Tatahoysa Canyon & the Eminence Break Route.

    Letter to National Park JH redacted.
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