High Spur slot canyon tour

Difficulty Strenuous / Overnight Canyoneering $695 + tax

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canyonlands canyoneeringThe High Spur is one of the most magnificent and fun sections of canyoneering in Utah. Located in the remote Robbers Roost this canyon has a little bit everything: rappels, down-climbs, pothole escapes, possible swims and beautifully sculpted narrows.

First timers are welcome on this adventure, but make no mistake this is a physically strenuous canyoneering route. Those up to the five-mile challenge will be rewarded handsomely. The hike begins cross-country and within minutes the High Spur slots up. We climb over boulders and squeeze under log jams.

As the canyon deepens we encounter the circle, a 400-yard loop of slot canyon. This section of sinuous curves is a photographer’s dream! Midway in the route is our first technical obstacle, a 20-foot drop. If this is your first-time rappelling, it's an easy spot to learn this new skill.

high spur slot canyonContinuing on, the deep narrows become even more enchanting. A down-climb into a narrow hallway takes us to the Corkscrew. At first there is light and ten feet later darkness. This photogenic section is also where the canyoneering gets rowdy. We'll escape from a pothole, some more gracefully than others, and stem across the canyon walls till, splash, time to break out the water wings. Water levels vary but come prepared to take the plunge.

Exiting the corkscrew brings us to a series of rappels. First a 30-foot chimney, then a 25-foot swirling pour-off. The grand finale is an 80-footer, completely free hanging. Our exit from the canyon is a strenuous scramble through the rock bands, and requires a short section of climbing. Average time for this adventure is 7 hours of pure canyoneering.

That evening we make a comfortable camp above the Maze District of Canyonlands. Guides prepare dinner as you relax with the sunset over the National Park.

After breakfast, we hike the Big Spring Slot Canyon. This lesser known canyon has very dark and impressive narrows. The slot has some sideways shuffling and is very nice. Later that day we make our way out of the Maze across the Robbers Roost flats and return to Moab.


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Trip Details:

Your two-day High Spur trip begins at 8:00 AM from the NAVTEC office in Moab. Please arrive at our office 15 minutes early. After 2 days in the canyons we return to our office at about 6:00 PM. Trip departure dates detailed below. All meals while on the tour are included. Contact us for Charter groups. Reservations are required certain trip minimums apply.

Trips Operate:
  • Year round
Cost:

$695/person + tax

Included:
  • Technical gear (Harness, Helmets, Ropes)
  • 2 days of Canyoneering
  • All meals on trip
  • Ground transportation
  • Pick-up from your motel or campground, if needed
  • Parking available at the NAVTEC office
  • Licensed experienced guide service
Not Included:
  • Soft drinks (bring your own -- we provide a cooler and ice)
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth or pad (rentals available)
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
What to bring:
  • Reusable water bottles (3 liters capacity)
  • Small day pack
  • Sturdy footwear, please no flip flops or hard soled hiking boots
  • Head lamp
  • Light colored clothing, long sleeve shirt and pants
  • Spring and Fall base layers: long johns, and pull over fleece
  • Hair tie for long hair
  • Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hat with a visor (a must for sun protection)
  • Sunglasses with securing strap
  • Camera, carried at own risk
  • Tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth or pad (rentals available)
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Toiletries, personal medicines, skin lotion, insect repellant
  • Camp cloths: t-shirt, long pants, socks, fleece jacket
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