Neon Canyon

Location: Escalante
Rating: Advanced 4B III
Length: 8-12 hours (Neon -only- is about 10 miles round trip)
Longest Rappel: 120 ft (37 m)
Start: 25.5 miles down Hole in Rock Road
End: Loop
Permits: None
Wet Suit: Yes
Shuttle: No

Overview: This is a tough canyon.  It contains some possible keeper-holes and other obstacles for your enjoyment. Remember there aren’t many people out here so try not to get stuck. There are several long swims in cold water. If you have 3-4 liters of water, you can use your empty water bottles to help keep you afloat – you should have drank at least 2 by the time you drop in the canyon.

Approach: From Hwy 12 leaving Escalante, turn right onto Hole in the Rock Road. From the turn off, drive 16.5 miles to another well-established dirt road on the right. Turn right and continue on new dirt road for 9 miles. Egypt Slot starts here but keep heading east. Head in a north-easterly direction along a trail. To the north (your left) is Fence Canyon. Follow the wash left ahead and find an easy descent further down to the Escalante River. Head down river to the canyon on the left (Neon Canyon). You will scale up the left side and hike along the top till you find your drop in point.


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