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Punchbowl Canyon • Arizona

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rick Demarest, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Rick Demarest

    Rick Demarest

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    The Coalition of American Canyoneers (CAC) has been negotiating access to Punchbowl Canyon with the Salt River Project (SRP). Punchbowl Canyon is part of the Tonto National Forest south of Horse Mesa, Arizona.

    Nearby is a significant dam that delivers hydropower and water to Phoenix. The dam has new security requirements since 9/11. In the past, canyoneers have been accessing the canyon without permission and there was an incident in 2011 that left a negative impression. Fortunately, the CAC was able to get past this and worked with SRP to allow canyoneering access.

    The rules: http://www.americancanyoneers.org/arizona/punchbowl-canyon/

    Photos and a much deserved Thank You to CAC Board members Rich Rudow & Mike Zampino for their work on this.

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  2. Anna

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    This is awesome! I've been wanting to visit Punchbowl ever since I began canyoneering independently, but didn't want to do it illegally and get in trouble and/or make things worse for canyoneering. Thanks a lot for negotiating access! It will be great to see this beautiful-sounding canyon soon (maybe spring?).
  3. yetigonecrazy1

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    Good news and thanks to everyone who helped secure this access.

    What happened in 2011?
  4. MrAdam

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    Some canyoneers drove down to the bottom of the road near the shack and parked there when the gate at the upper trailhead was left open. When they tried to leave that evening, the gate was closed and locked. The canyoneers had to drive down to the dam and get help from SRP workers to open the gate back up.
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