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Moab, UT: Cameltoe Canyon

Put your route-finding skills to the test on this 5-mile trek that ascends rock ledges, skirts slickrock pools, and traverses sandy-bottomed washes.

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This 5-mile out-and-back into Cameltoe Canyon is a perfect introduction to canyoneering—the route requires scrambling and route-finding skills, but ropes, harnesses, and hardware aren’t mandatory. Plus, the canyon has a few slickrock pools to cool your feet on a hot day. From the trailhead, hike north along ATV tracks. The route passes petroglyphs after .4 mile, then roughly follows the wash north and northeast to round a knob and descend a gully on the other side. Scramble northwest through dry and wet sections of the wash for .3 mile to slickrock slabs that make for a more secluded overnight stay than the campground at the trailhead. Continue up canyon through a keyhole, passing more slickrock pools, before turning around at mile 2.6 and retracing the route back to the trailhead.
Mapped by Steve Howe

To Trailhead

Drive west on US 191 and cross the Colorado River bridge. Within a half mile, turn left (south) on UT 279 and follow it along the Colorado River for 9.7 miles to Gold Bar Recreation Area and the well-signed Corona Arch (and Cameltoe) Trailhead.

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