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Experience a great slot canyon loop near Little Wildhorse Canyon Trail that tops out near Ding Dang Dome.

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5,525' 1,684 m


4,878' 1,487 m


918' 280 m


918' 280 m



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These canyons don't close, but caution should be taken in the winter as temperatures can be very cold, and it can be dangerous if you are not prepared. DO NOT enter these canyons if there is any threat of rain.


This is a beautiful canyon hike with some challenging sections. There are obstacles in both Ding and Dang canyons but you can get past them by utilizing nearby ledges with a little help from your friends. It is easiest to head up Ding and down Dang. There are a couple of dry falls with bolts. Tying a hand line (bring a 50' rope) is advised to help you and your party get down some of the spicier sections.

If you want something a little more challenging than Little Wildhorse Canyon Trail, give Ding & Dang a shot.

Need to Know

• Check the weather before you go, as being in a slot canyon during a storm can be deadly.
• There may be water in the canyon that you'll have to wade through.
• Rope may not be necessary for the bold, but 50' of rope will be helpful in a couple of technical spots.


To get there, head toward Goblin Valley State Park on Goblin Valley Road. Just before you get to Goblin Valley State Park, turn right onto Wild Horse Road. The road is paved until you get to the Little Wildhorse Canyon Trailhead, after which it's a dirt road for just over a mile until the road takes a sharp turn to the south. The trailhead will be directly on your right in the middle of the curve.

From the trailhead, head up the large wash for about a mile. When you get to a clear ridge where the two trails come together, take the right fork to head up Ding. Follow the wash up a narrow section where you'll see some potholes and dry falls. You can get past most of the dry falls on the right side, and none of them are too difficult.

As you get to the top of the canyon, it opens up and you'll be able to see Ding Dang Dome. After enjoying the view, follow an old road to the left (west) that will drop you into Dang. As the canyon narrows, you'll encounter a set of dry falls that can be a little challenging. There are some 10' drops that could be tough, so remember to use your hand line. You can pass on the ledges on the right, but with a little help from friends (and your rope) you can get past these dry falls.

As you continue down the canyon, you'll hit some chokestones that can be conquered with help again from friends and maybe your hand line. You'll know you've made it to the bottom when the canyon begins to open up in front of you. Follow it left as it makes its way back to joining the section you came in on and the trailhead.


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John Arrington

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Working over the water in Dang Canyon can be hairy at times.
Jun 24, 2017 near Ferron, UT
Hiking up Ding & Dang Loop brings excitement around every corner!
Jun 24, 2017 near Ferron, UT
The group works around a tight spot in Ding Canyon.
Jun 24, 2017 near Ferron, UT
This is one of the drops in Dang Canyon.
Jun 24, 2017 near Ferron, UT


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Apr 4, 2022
Ashleigh Shunk
Used paracord to get down
May 15, 2021
Shawn B.
Nov 27, 2020
Abby Elsmo Siebert
May 11, 2019
John Wade
Group of 7. Hung out at the big drop in Dang to set a rappel line for some beginners to practice. 8mi — 7h 00m
Apr 26, 2019
Hiking girl Villines
Jun 11, 2018
Ethan Gehl
Mar 27, 2018
Private User
Mar 17, 2018
Kevin Pferdner
Near the end of Dang Canyon, there are three or more water sections work a couple of them above waist deep. 2 hour wait to get through. Busy! 6mi

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