Dillinger Canyon

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Dillinger Canyon Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3A III (v3a1 III)
Raps:‌6-8, max ↨170ft
Approach:1.5-2.5h ↑1040ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Shuttle:Optional 5min
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
16 Sep 2023

"Really nice day through Dillinger! All anchors looked good although we replaced a rusty quick link on rap 4 with a new one. This is one of my favorite

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Best season:
Sep-May, best after rains


Beautiful Sedona area canyon. Good trail to top. A little bushy with some downclimbs on approach to first rappel. Short technical section with an amazing last rappel.

This is the full route. Half Dilly (aka Outlaw Canyon) is a shorter variation of this route that enters the drainage just prior to the lower rappel sequence.


Follow the Bear Mountain trail up to second level. Leave the trail at the KML turn off, going down drainage to the east. A few bushy areas before getting to first rappel can be avoided staying on the slickrock just LDC of the watercourse.


R1: 20’ off of tree LDC. Possible to downclimb.

R2: 90' off of tree RDC.

(Edit for snow, ice, or flow: need to extend rappel length to 110' to avoid the immediate downclimb with no traction)

R3: 25’ off of bush RDC. Possible to downclimb.

R4: 40' off of tree RDC.

Pack rope and walk 10 minutes down subway section.

R5: 25’ off of tree LDC or 1' pff single bolt RDC. Followed by 6' drop / downclimb LDC.

R6: 30' off of tree RDC.

R7: 85' off of tree RDC. Two-stage.

R8: 170' off of tree RDC. 130' to first ledge.


Follow drainage down until it connects with Fay Canyon trail. Follow Fay Canyon trail to trail head parking lot. If did not setup a shuttle, follow road up southwest to Bear Mountain TH.

Red tape

Red Rocks pass required for parking at trailhead. $5 per day at pay station at trailhead. Annual National Park Pass will also work.

Beta sites

Trip reports and media




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