Cassidy Canyon

Last Candition: July 9, 2011


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 25, 2020

Fun Canyon. All anchors and webbing looked good. Pretty much dry even though there were recent storms. There were only 2 of us and it took about 3 hours to complete. We did have to walk in from the paved road as the Grand Wash road was closed.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 29, 2020

Phenomenal canyon. From a safety standpoint I would second everything that was shared in the previous comment. All anchors in good shape and the canyon was totally dry.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 28, 2019

Very scenic. No water. Stunning rappels, but a word of caution. Some identify this as a beginner canyon, and while beginners might be ok with a strong leader, a group of beginners should not be attempting this canyon without experienced leadership. To minimize rope grooves, the second rappel (around 130 feet) has a bolted rappel station out on an exposed section of cliff that requires walking around 50 feet horizontally along a very steep grade. Consider using a belay here up canyon from the bolts, though it will slow you down. A slip on the approach to the bolts could be catastrophic. Rope grooves on the small arch rappel are getting bad. People really aren't following instructions to rappel single strand and throw their pull cord over the arch to pull their rope from a distance. Watch out for getting your VT (If you use one) stuck in the rope grooves on the way down. Overall, though, this canyon is very scenic with absolutely stunning rappels.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 8, 2019

No water at all in the canyon. All anchor bolts and webbing in good shape.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 14, 2018

Completely dry. Really fun. Loved the first rap under the arch. All anchors looked good. 2.5 hours car-to-car including plenty of time for pics.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 12, 2018

Pretty! We took our moms through and they had a great time. Expect crowds. Many rappels have sharp, overhung-lip beginnings, easy to scrape devices. One mom flipped upside down while avoiding this, and handled it like a champ. The rappel into the cavern requires walking across exposed, slanted slickrock to reach it, but a terrified mom did it.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 21, 2018

Beautiful day in a beautiful canyon following a 2.5 hr wait to drop into the canyon itself. Several groups of canyoneerers came and left when they saw how many people were at the top.

Left car at 11:30 am. Dropped into the canyon at 2:30pm. Returned to car at 7pm. Group of 12.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 1, 2018

Anchors and webbing fine.

Posting this after we finally got rain a couple weeks ago.

3rd to last rap is knee deep if you hug the wall RDC.

2nd to last rap is just shy of balls deep on a 6' lad.

2.25 hrs car to car with 2 people.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 6, 2018

Completely dry. All anchors are bolted and in good shape. 4.5 hrs car to car with 4 people.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 29, 2017

Great series of raps but a whole lot of people rolling through!!!

All anchors in great shape and all webbing looks like its been replaced this year.

People still rapping of the tree....said something several times but was just ignored or given excuses, other than that great outing and big drops!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 23, 2017

Even with rains the day before, the canyon was dry. All anchors were in good shape as per usual with guides rolling through frequently. Someone recently junk showed the second rappel (120'). Looks like they tried to rap a sling off an intermediate chockstone and stuck their ropes on the pull. Can't tell if someone cut the ropes after, but only one was on the ground (hope everyone was ok). The bottom of rap 2 also included a large amount of hair that appeared to have been stuck in a device and chopped. Nothing of note for the remainder of the canyon.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 4, 2016

Great canyon. New rappel statoin for the first rappel under the arch is muuuuuch improved. It must have a lot of use in the last few months as there're already rope grooves. All the anchors were solid, great time. Took 7 of us 4.5 hours with lots of pictures and goofing around.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 8, 2016

Great new rappel station for the first drop. Fabulous canyon. Quite busy on a Fall Saturday. 7 people, 4 hours car to car.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 28, 2016

Pretty canyon, no water, can walk stairs down or rappel by bridge. More people then anything else in Capital Reef. Also did Wonderland, Nighthawk and some Wives on this trip. Right now all those canyons have good solid anchors with a few spots of waist deep water. Could change with a flash. Cassidy great intermediate level canyon, Nighthawk and Pandora's best 2 canyons in this area in my opinion.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 20, 2016

All anchors in good shape. Most looked recently replaced. No water as usual. At the third rappel, when we pulled our rope, it got wedged between a large boulder that leans against the canyon wall in the flat section between the first & second drop. The end of the rope managed to twist itself into a little piglet tail & then wedged. Climbed back up the second drop using tiblocs to see what happened. Then created another sling anchor with rap ring around another large boulder to get back down. Might be good to leave that additional webbing in case this happens to someone else, though this was all probably just a rare incident.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 1, 2015

I'm posting this under Cassidy because its in the same area. We did the Timpie Fork of Shinob. Some water at the bottom of the first rap we avoided by ghosting off a tree RDC and rapping to just beyond waters edge. The big, 270 rap - anchor okay. Serious rope grooves are unavoidable. We had a 300 foot rope & equal pullcord. On the pull, rope got stuck on some rocks about 20 feet up from the bottom. Was easy enough to climb up & retrieve, but otherwise, the pull went well. A little avoidable water there. 3rd rap was into a pool chest deep. Pinched sling with rapid link there below a chockstone. Took about 2.5 hours for 4 to complete the canyon itself plus hike in time of another hour. Very impressive rappel & canyon & of course, high views of the Reef.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 14, 2015

Great beginner canyon with big rappels and wonderful scenery. First anchor is currently extended beyond the edge about 1ft to ease the pull and illeviate rope grooving, although making the first rappel a bit awkward. All other anchors are in good condition.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 25, 2015

Removed webbing on first rappel. Geometry on two first rappels is perfect for using the Smooth Operator/Fiddle Stick. Canyon was bone dry. for the largest arch in the canyon please single strand through the hole and place retrieval strand over the arch and pull from a distance to minimize chance of rope grooves. Luke from explains it well. Car to car 3 hours.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 11, 2014

A wonderful canyon, worth doing as a day trip from a couple of hours away. The fall colors were particularly beautiful. All anchors in good shape. Someone had left webbing around the tree at the first drop. We removed it to set up a retrievable anchor. I think that only retrievable anchors should be used here. See for an easy method that requires no special gear.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 23, 2014

Dry. Pretty easy to find the canyon. Very pretty and aesthetic. Hardly any downclimbing. Anchors in good shape. Tree on the Left (LDC) is being affected by its use as an anchor. 2 Hours car to car with an experienced group of 7.