Hazards

The Little Colorado gorge is 58-miles long, infrequently traveled and incredibly remote. The biggest two wildcards for most explorers are the degree of difficulty and the weather. The vast majority of the canyon lies far outside the means of normal support – any sort of help in a life-threatening situation can be many hours or even days away.

Some of the challenges and perils that await even the most-prepared explorers:

  • Heat death
  • Flash floods
  • Quicksand
  • Snakebite & Scorpions
  • Exposure / Falls
  • Drowning

In many conditions, the gorge can be a dangerous, inhospitable place – it has claimed the lives of even expert canyoneers. Trails are primitive, at best and route-finding is essential, on even them most well-traveled trails.