Updated: Jun 28, 2021
Come play in Utah's best slot canyon area, the San Raphael Swell. Located near Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse/Bell slot canyons, these canyons are a perfect introduction to moderate slot canyons.
Directions: Goblin Valley area, take dirt road 1013 to Little Wild Horse and continue onto trailhead. Not marked. No facilities (there are bathrooms at Little Wild Horse Trailhead)
Hike Ding/Dang Canyons - 5.9 mile loop UP Ding canyon and DOWN Dang canyon. Dang canyon has a 15 ft drop with a bolt and several other 10 ft boulder obstacles all which will require handlines. Generally, ropes or webbing are already in place, but bring your own in case it looks old or is missing. Lots of scrambling and sometimes a bit of water if there has been recent rain (usually ankle deep). This is a slot canyon, so do not enter if flash floods are possible. Call Goblin Valley Ranger Station (435) 275-4584 for updated info.
Camping - You can camp at the trailhead, just make sure you are out of the wash in case of flooding. No services. BLM land with primitive camping - just find a good spot and leave it as you found it.
Gear: thin T-shirt, thin long-sleeve shirt, fleece, rain jacket, shorts or hiking pants, running shoes, 3-4 L water , 6-8 snacks, small backpack, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, first aid kit. Camping: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, headlamp, pillow, pj's, food.
Rentals (2 day):
Tents (2 man - $13, 4 man - $22 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; 2 man - $14, 4 man - $18 UVU
Outdoor Adventure Center)
Sleeping bags (0 degree - $22, 30 degree - $22 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; 0 degree - $14, 30
degree - $10 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)
Sleeping pads (thermarest - $9 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; thermarest - $8 UVU Outdoor
Backpacks (85 liter - $12 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; 65 liter - $14 UVU Outdoor Adventure
Stove with fuel ($8 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; $8 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)
Mess kit ($8 BYU Outdoors Unlimited; $10 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)
Water Filter ($6 UVU Outdoor Adventure Center)
Drive down to trailhead by 7pm (eat dinner on the way)
Hike Ding Dang Canyon trailhead – 6 am
Back to trailhead - 10-12pm
Goblin Valley SP - 1-3pm (unless too hot)
Goblin's Lair (89 ft rappel in Goblins Valley but need permit same day from Goblin Valley SP Ranger Station)