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|Rating:||3A III (v3a1 III)|
|Raps:||7, Max ↕140ft|
One of the best, and most popular, canyons in Capitol Reef National Park. For the first rappel, use permanent bolt anchors 20 feet down canyon from the tree used in the past. For more information, visit: http://www.americancanyoneers.org/utah/cassidy-arch-canyon/
A short approach hike on an established trail, dramatic rappels including three raps through arches, minimal downclimbing, a short exit hike, bolted anchors, mostly shady even in high summer - all the makings of a classic!
From the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center on Highway 24 at Fruita, drive south 3.4 miles on the Scenic Drive to the Grand Wash turnoff. Follow this smooth gravel road 1.25 miles to the parking lot at the end. (Pit toilet available). Hike the well-marked trail to Cassidy Arch 1.3 miles, 600 feet of gain.
Continue through the canyon via 8 rappels and a couple short downclimbs. Rappels are primarily off bolted anchors.
From the bottom of the last rappel, stay right against the canyon wall and follow a trail 1/2 mile out to the road. A 1/2 mile walk on the road gets you back to the carpark.
Permits A permit is not required for canyoneering in Capitol Reef at this time.
Group size limit Groups are limited to 12 people on backcountry routes (including canyoneering routes).
Entrance Fee The Scenic drive is the only area of Capitol Reef where an entry fee or park pass is required. Passes can be attained at the visitor center or at a self-pay kiosk at the start of the scenic drive. Fees are good for seven days and can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Additional Access Information http://www.americancanyoneers.org/access-capitol-reef/
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Trip reports and media
- Bogely Trip report http://www.bogley.com/forum/showthread.php?76244-Cassidy-Arch-Capitol-Reef-10-02-2016
- Candition.com : Cassidy Canyon
The cut steps, bridge and via-ferrata like cable are from when the bottom of the canyon was used as a polygamist hideout.