A GREEN link means that there are adult and kid climbs in that area. Click on it for more information so you can know if it will work for your family. A YELLOW link means there are no kid climbs but you can bring the family along as you climb. The areas are then rated from 1-5 cheerios (1 being the worst area to take your family and 5 being the best). A RED link means that it is essentially a no go. Click and find out the reasons why so you can make your own decision.
What You Should Know
Information on Echo Canyon was submitted by climber Kenneth Noyce who contacted us through the Contribute Information tab of the website. Thanks to him, we can include a great family-friendly canyon that we haven’t been able to go to yet ourselves. In fact, we didn’t even know about it!
Echo Canyon has cobble-esque climbing similar to Maple but can be found on I-80 between Park City and Evanston.
Note that there are season closures on this Canyon from January 1st to the second Saturday of April.
The only potential danger here is that it is conglomerate rock which is a controversial subject in and of itself for climbers. The risk with this rock formation (basically lots of rounded rocks of all sizes cemented together in a matrix) is the potential of loose rock falling and injuring a climber or bystander and failure of placed natural protection (bolts).
I provide this as a warning, a factor to be considered. My family has enjoyed many climbing trips on conglomerate crags without issue. I’ve never seen or pulled anything off the wall and we have felt entirely confident bringing our families to these areas. I have actually pulled things off on other types of rock formations – so go figure. I see these crags filled with families who must think the same as we do. But I also know that there climbers that would avoid these areas because they see the risk as greater. Please be wary and vigilant of the possible risks.