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Blue Pools Slot Canyon - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Summary: A short slot canyon in the Entrada Sandstone with some fairly challenging climbs located just off of Highway 89 west of the town of Page. A rope may be required to complete the canyon (100' will be more than enough). When the author was here, webbing and/or rope was fixed at each of the drops.
Directions: From Page, drive west on Highway 89 across the bridge over the Colorado River. Zero your odometer and drive 10.3 miles to between Utah mileposts 3-4 and turn left (south) onto an unmarked dirt road. Park anywhere.
Road Conditions: Passenger Car
Navigation: Easy
Length: 1 mile
Date Hiked: June 2007
Weather Conditions: Sunny and Hot
Required Skills:
Hike Description: From the parking spot, walk south along the dirt road through a gate. The canyon will be right in front of you. Find a way down into the canyon and turn right to hike underneath the highway. The canyon quickly deepens and forms some nice narrows, which are unfortunately spoiled somewhat by the profusion of garbage that has washed down from the road. Continuing down canyon you will be faced with 3-4 moderately challenging downclimbs of 10-20 feet that may require the use of a rope for a handline. The downclimbs are followed by a drop of about 45 feet from two pitons and two bolts (a bit of an overkill) located on canyon left. There was a rats nest of webbing and rapid links at this drop when I passed through. Below the drop, the canyon soon opens. Hike down canyon until the drainage widens then route find left or right (left is easier) to rim walk above the canyon back to your car.
Rating (1-5 stars):
The author and a friend completed this hike in 2 hours.
Maps: None
Books: None
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Some typical views in the Blue Pools Slot Canyon