Forbidding Canyon

Wahweap, Utah 84741

Forbidding Canyon

Forbidding Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Forbidding Canyon is an excellent hike in warmer weather. Simply follow the narrow canyon upstream. Aztec Creek, a perennial stream, offers good clean water (always filter!). Partway up the canyon is a technical obstacle, a 25-foot friction slab from a ledge down to the creek and back up the other side. Most hikers will have no problem, but a rope may help the inexperienced.

There are numerous deep pools, slots carved into the canyon floor, and a 50-foot cascading waterfall, all of which can be enjoyed, then easily bypassed. The water in the pools is always cold, but it’s refreshing during hotter weather. You can follow the canyon for many miles and explore the various side canyons, but the most spectacular scenery occurs in the first 3 or 4 miles (depending on the water level)."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 6 hours
Late April to late September
National Park Service, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Navajo Mountain; Trails Illustrated Glen Canyon NRA, Capitol Reef National Park, Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Local Maps

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Jul 2018