Pandora's Box

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Pandora's Box Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
Also known as: Meeks Mesa Slot; WigWam.
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Difficulty:3B IV R (v5a2 IV)
Raps:‌7, max ↨150ft
Overall:10-14h ⟷10.5mi
Red Tape:Permit required
Condition Reports:
15 Nov 2023

"Borderline 5 star canyon with a large amount of hiking/scrambling. While in the canyon - it never lets up aside from sandy interludes between slots. O

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Best season:
Spring; Summer; Fall





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 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 8 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:

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