U-Turn Canyon is a short technical adventure in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.
There was still plenty of daylight left after Dennis and I climbed Ancient Art in the Fisher Towers, so I wanted to do something else. Dennis had to get back to his family, so whatever I decided on would be a solo adventure. I considered rope soloing a couple different rock climbs but then settled on U-Turn Canyon in Arches National Park.
U-Turn is billed as a relatively straightforward technical canyon. You hike up to the top of a big rock formation and make up to 4 rappels back down the formation, depending on how comfortable with downclimbing. Being a rock climber, I was pretty comfortable downclimbing. I ended up downclimbing the first rappel, jumping down the second, downclimbing the third, and rappelling the last one.
My car-to-car time was 1 hr 1 minute, so it’s not a difficult adventure by any means.
Click the image below for a printable (PDF) version of all you need to know to do U-Turn.