Old School

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Old School Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
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Difficulty:3B I (v3a2 I)
Raps:‌1-2, max ↨75ft
Overall:1-2h ⟷1mi
Approach:15-30min ⟷0.5mi ↑220ft
Descent:30min-1.5h ⟷0.2mi
Exit:15min ⟷0.3mi
Red Tape:Permit required
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
4 Nov 2023

"Short canyon. Good for kids or beginners. We used it to kill time after our first canyon of the day so we didn’t get back to camp too early. Not worth

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Best season:
Any;NOT in Spring


Old School is a fun, pretty, and very short canyon. Ideal to fill an hour or two before moving on to something else.


Park at the first pullout on the left after the Behunin cabin (heading east). Carefully cross the Fremont River and follow a social trail up to the sandy plateau in front of you. A canyon will appear on the right: this is Old School. Rim walk along the trail until you see a straightforward climb down into the canyon.


R1 - 35 feet which can be downclimbed. The usual anchor is set back from the edge so take precautions to not leave grooves if rappelling.

R2 - 75 feet into a 2-stage rappel with a pool in the middle. Taller canyoneers should be able to stem over the pool without too much trouble.


Walk out a brushy trail to the same river crossing point as the approach.

Red tape


A permit is required for any and all canyoneering within the boundaries of Capitol Reef National Park. Permits have a group-size limit that varies depending on the canyon or route. A separate permit is required for each canyoneering route. Currently, there is no quota limit nor permit cost, though that is likely to change at some point in the future. Permits can be obtained onsite through a self-serve kiosk located just outside of the visitor center or by sending and email to care_permits@nps.gov using the following format:

Subject: Name of canyoneering route and date you will be canyoneering.

Email Body: Date of visit (single day only): Canyoneering route (single route only): Number of people: Vehicle location: Number of motorized vehicles: Vehicle description(s):

If you plan to camp overnight as part of a canyoneering trip, you are required to obtain a free backcountry permit, available at the visitor center.

Additional Access Information:

Group-Size Limit:

Canyoneering groups are limited to a maximum of 12 people for this Canyon.

Groups larger than 8 or 12 sharing the same affiliation (school, church, club, scout group, family, friends, etc., or combination thereof) may divide into groups smaller than 8 or 12, provided they do not occupy the same canyon, drainage, general area or the same route on the same day.

Park 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

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