Yankee Doodle Canyon Canyoneering in Southern Utah
Yankee Doodle Canyon Canyoneering adventures in Southern Utah can be found between Zion National Park and St. George UT. It’s a short adventure but it’s a wonderful one. Until recently the canyon has not been explored. However, with the advent of canyoneering, the tools and techniques have led many fans of this new sport to Yankee Doodle Canyon. It’s now a hot spot for canyoneering adventures. Located right in the Dixie National Forest, it’s an easy trip to enjoy your adventures.
Just west of Leeds UT, the canyon offers the chance to practice many canyoneering skills such as down climbing, rappelling, anchor techniques, navigation, and partner assists. Plus, it’s one of the most beautiful areas for this sport. While this area is unknown to many casual hikers, many first slot canyon explorers visit here often. You will find Yankee Doodle Canyon set beneath the towering flanks of the Pine Valley Mountains, unseen from the road in a deep crevice.
There are two mandatory rappels, multiple swims, numerous down climbs and more that you will find in the Yankee Doodle Canyon. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in the sport of canyoneering, and this location is considered one of the easiest slots in Southern Utah.
There is a large juniper tree to anchor a 170’ rope to. You can rappel 25’ to the grotto below and stay hooked into the rappel. There is also a wonderful fluted drop 20 yards down the canyon of 100’. You can leave your rope there for pick up later. Hike the canyon on foot and the down climbing begins. You will need a 50’ rope for this section of the canyon. And remember, the strongest climber in your party should be the last to descend. Most of the down climbs are short, but some are up to 25’.
Along the route you will find oasis-like sections, fluted walls, and a serene setting.
Yankee Doodle Canyon Details:
- Location: West of Leeds, a 1-minute walk. Look for a large juniper tree.
- Time: Average time is 2 to 3 hours
- Technical: 1 rappel, several down climbs
- Equipment: One 50’ rope, one 170’ rope, helmet, harness, rappel device, map, dry bag, wetsuit.
- Permits: Do not hike during rain or if it looks like rain.
- ACA Canyon Rating: 3AI
- Trailhead: Leeds/Silver Reef exit
- Trail End: same as trailhead
- Total Elevation: 275’
- Access: Year-round
- Hazards: Hiking in a slot canyon is dangerous during rain due to flash flooding. Do not hike if it is raining or there is a chance of rain.
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