Arches National Park Canyoneering Permits

Arches National Park

Canyoneering is an adventure activity using climbing equipment for rappels and other technical descents through canyons. Many of Arches National Park’s sandstone walls are cross-hatched with narrow passages making for excellent canyoneering. There are eight established canyoneering routes in the park outside of the Fiery Furnace. This permit is not valid for the Fiery Furnace. If you are planning to canyoneer or hike in the Fiery Furnace you will need a specific permit.

Permit & Season Information

A permit is required for all canyoneering trips.  

Canyoneering Routes

Established Routes: Lost and Found, MMI, Bighorn, Tierdrop, Not Tierdrop, U-Turn, Dragonfly, and Elephant Butte

Other Routes: All other canyoneering routes with fixed gear require approval and a special use permit . Fixed gear that is not associated with established routes will be removed. 

Travel to, from, and along routes must only be within sandy wash systems, on rock, or on delineated trails.

Group Size Limits

Groups canyoneering in Lost and Found or MMI are limited to 6 persons. All other canyoneering groups are limited to 10 persons.

Permit Availability

Permits are available online 8:00AM MT one day in advance up to 5:00PM MT the day of the trip. 

Permits must be readily available either printed or on a mobile device during the trip.

Seasonal Closures

Some routes are closed seasonally for protection of wildlife. Check the park website for closures .  

This permit is not for overnight camping.

Need to Know

A permit must be in your possession during the trip (printed or available on a mobile device). A permit is valid only for the dates, route, and number of people listed. Overnight travel or camping is not allowed.  

You are responsible for knowing and abiding by all park rules and regulations including seasonal route closures.  

Watch the required video prior to your trip. Canyoneering safety is your responsibility. Honestly assess you and your group’s skill level and know your limitations. You should not attempt routes that are not within your abilities or those within your group.  

These are some of the park regulations. It is your responsibility to know and abide by all regulations

Park Entrance Pass

A park entrance pass (physical or digital) is required in addition to your canyoneering permit.

Fee Policy

Reservation Fee: There is a non-refundable $6.00 reservation fee.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Once a reservation is completed, it is non-refundable. 

Change Policy:

No permit changes are allowed once the reservation is complete.  

Contact Information

Mailing Address

2282 Resource Blvd. Moab UT 84532

Phone Number

(435) 259-4351

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