Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
Overview: A few different way to approach this amazing canyon off the NW side of Horse Mesa with about a dozen rappels, many swimmers, loads of down climbing, and access issues.
Notice: SRP will allow access to punchbowl for canyoneering under the following conditions:
Restricted Government Property
Limited access for hikers is permitted into and out of Punchbowl Canyon only
• No vehicles allowed beyond the first gate at the top of the hill
• Approaching the camp beyond Punchbowl is strictly prohibited
• Approaching the dam beyond the old dynamite shack is strictly prohibited
Violators will be prosecuted under state and federal statutes
Please: If you are approached by SRP personnel, be kind and courteous and explain that you are canyoneering in PunchBowl Canyon. Let's not lose access to this great canyon.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.