(also known as canyoning) is an adventure sport in which individuals travel through canyons that require the use of climbing equipment for rappels and other technical descents.
Canyoneering in Arches does not require a permit unless the route is in the Fiery Furnace or involves an overnight stay in the backcountry. In these cases, permits are available at the visitor center on a first-come, first-served basis. All persons in your group must be present at the visitor center to receive the permit.
Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan
Park management is currently developing a Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan. For updates on this plan, visit the PEPC website.
The following regulations were established in the Arches Compendium.
- It is the responsibility of all canyoneers to know and obey park regulations and route closures.
- No new permanent hardware may be installed in any fixed location. Illegally placed bolts will be removed. If an existing bolt or other hardware item is unsafe, it may be replaced.
- The use of power drills is prohibited.
- Where it is necessary to leave or replace existing webbing, the webbing should closely match the color of the surrounding rock to reduce visual impacts.
- Any arch or natural bridge named on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute topographical maps covering Arches National Park is closed to climbing year-round.
- Rappelling off any arch or natural bridge named on USGS 7.5 minute topographical maps is prohibited.
Your safety is your responsibility, and there is no substitute for planning ahead, taking the proper equipment, having the right skills and using good judgment.
- Canyoneering is an inherently dangerous activity. All groups should have the skills and equipment for self-rescue, and should consider the abilities of every member of their group before attempting a route.
- Information provided on websites is not always accurate. Use good judgment when conditions on the ground don't match what you have read.
- Never enter a canyon that is flooding or when storms are approaching.
- Drink at least one gallon of water per day.
- Always carry a map, adequate clothing and flashlight.
- Remain in one place if you become lost or separated from your group.
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- During lightning storms, avoid lone trees and high ridges. Sit in a vehicle if possible.
- Be careful near cliff edges, especially when rock surfaces are wet or icy.
Please report all accidents or injuries at the visitor center.
PROTECT YOUR PARK
- Avoid trampling biological soil crusts. When accessing routes, walk on marked trails, slickrock or in sandy wash bottoms. Please avoid creating new trails.
- Pack out all trash, including toilet paper.
- Protect water sources. Do not swim or bathe in potholes or intermittent streams.
- Preserve your heritage. Do not enter, alter or deface archeological sites. Leave artifacts undisturbed.
- It is illegal to remove natural or cultural features including plants, rocks, artifacts, driftwood or antlers.
- Pets are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry. Pets may be walked along roads and in the campground, but must be leashed at all times.
- Vehicles and bicycles must travel on designated roads.