Rachel rappels in Dragonfly Canyon.

Dragonfly Canyon

Arches National Park
Technical Canyoneering

          Dragonfly Canyon is one of the best canyoneering routes in Arches National Park. The route visits a beautiful canyon that is hidden from the average tourist. The route is beginner friendly with competent leadership.

Circle of Friends:
          Dragonfly is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Alex and Dragonfly potholes. Fay at one of several possible swims.

General Information:
Dragonfly Canyon is a fun technical canyoneering adventure that involves potholes and rappels. The scenery is dramatic. Dragonfly Canyon requires complete technical gear. Dragonfly Canyon is rated 3B II using the Canyon Rating System. A GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is moderate. You will need an Arches Canyoneering Permit to enter Dragonfly Canyon.

Shauna Burrows swimming the potholes Justin at second swim and first rappel.

Trailhead Information:
          The trailhead is located inside Arches National Park and is accessible to all vehicles in all conditions.

Justin at first rappel. Shauna downclimbs into the second pothole.

Cryptobiotic Soil:
          Follow the route described and you will avoid areas of cryptobiotic crust. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way, literally, to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires years of undisturbed growth before it becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single footprint by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.

Rachel exiting a pothole. Justin, Mike and Shane on the exit hike.

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