Horse Play Canyon

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Horse Play Canyon Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3A II PG (v4a1 II)
Overall:2.5-3.5h ⟷3.5mi
Approach:20min ↓40ft
Descent:1.5-2.5h ⟷1.5mi
Exit:40min ↑500ft
Vehicle:4WD - High Clearance
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
21 May 2023

"Fun and playful canyon with just the right balance of challenges and easy exploration.

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Best season:
Any; hot in Summer, cold in winter
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THIS IS NOT A CLASS 2 CANYON. IF YOU ARE TAKING YOUR NON-CANYONEERING FRIENDS OUT FOR A HIKE, THIS IS DANGEROUS AND NOT SUITABLE. Despite the happy face in the photo above, this canyon is not suitable for small children. Down-climbing, chimneying, stemming, and squeezing in tight spaces is required. Although a rope is not required for rappelling, this is a Class 3 canyon route and rated PG for the mandatory low-stemming and short down-climbs.


Take the dirt road to the exit for Main Butler/start for Fooling Around, and park at 38.06334, -110.46798. From this point, hike up the dirt road the way you came for 5 minutes to a faint abandoned Jeep road heading south. Hike down this old Jeep road almost to the rim, then head east to skirt around the ledge until you can see two forks at the head of the canyon. Either fork is fine. They are both very open until just before they meet.


Starts off slow with a couple easy downclimbs. It's windy and scenic. You get to a point where there is mandatory stemming, downclimbs, and several optional low silo crossings.


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