Mud Canyon

Location: San Rafael Swell
Rating: Basic Canyoneering 2A III
Length: 5-7 hours
Longest Rappel: None
Start: Hidden Splendor Airstrip
End:  Loop
Permits: None
Wet Suit: No
Shuttle: No

Overview: A fun little jaunt. This canyon offers some fun little splitters containing some narrow sections. Start form the top and work down, or explore from bottom up. If you’ve never done this canyon before it is easiest to explore form bottom up as you can easily get lost form the top down.


From Hwy 24 head west on the Temple Mountain. At the fork in the road take the left fork (Hidden Splendor Rd). After about 4 miles stay left as you will meet another road coming in from the right (Tan Seep). After about 1 mile stay left again as you will come to yet another fork in the road. Continue 10 miles across McKay Flat. The next intersection takes you to Tomsich Butte and Reds Canyon on the right, but stay left once more. Follow another 15 miles to the Hidden Splendor Air Strip. From Hidden Splendor Air Strip Hike down to Muddy Creek and head up stream to the first large canyon on the right. This is mud Canyon.


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