** Update: as of 5pm 8/3/012 hwy-14 is expected to reopen all hours and days. Work is still being done and part of the road is gravel... more », expect delays.
** 7/2012 update, work in almost complete, hwy-14 is now open, but limited to weekends. Fri - Monday 7 am.
** 5/2012 update, work continues on hwy-14, still closed
** 3/2012 update, work on hwy-14 has finally started, but still closed.
** 2/2012 update, hwy-14 closed with June/July possible opening.
** 1/2012 update, hwy-14 still closed.
As of 9/2011 a massive landslide has closed (destroyed) hwy-14 at the junction of Ashdown Gorge and Cedar Canyon. Please contact local authorities to determine if travel in the area is possible.
Canyoneering is an adventure sport quickly gaining in popularity. A combination of route finding, problem solving, swimming, hiking, and in technical canyons; rappelling, create an adventure not likely to be forgotten.
Ashdown Gorge is a non-technical canyon, no rappelling or swimming is required. This slot canyon is often ignored because of the popular canyons of Zion National Park and elsewere in the southwestern deserts of Utah. Ironically Ashdown Gorge is not part of the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, but exists partly on Dixie National Forest and Bureau of Land Management controlled lands.
Hiking as the stream flows puts the trailhead at Potato Hollow. Access can be made via the Rattlesnake Trail, Crystal Springs / Potato Hollow Trail. Use a shuttle car system if entering from the trailhead. The canyon can also be accessed from the Cedar Canyon side and most prefer to hike upstream to Flanigan's Arch for a short slot canyon experience.
The short 2 mile roundtrip hike to the waterfalls of Lake Creek and Rattlesnake Creek is highly recommended. less «