Ding and Dang Canyons is a 9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Green River, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and rock climbing and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Two level 4 short ravines through the San Rafael Reef offering a good variety of rock textures on route. The Ding & Dang Canyon loop hike is located in the San Rafael Swell near Goblin Valley. Some guidebooks refer to the canyons as 1st and 2nd Canyon. The hike travels through two slot canyons and is a fun romp for experienced hikers.
Mid march was an incredible time to go. Much of the hike is in the sun, so it was nice to have cooler weather. Starting from Ding (on the left) and then hiking through Dang (on the right) meant that there was a lot of scrambling down. Some people might find a rope helpful in Dang, although it is definitely not necessary. There was a small (~20 feet) segment of nasty water that you either must hike or shimmy through. Definitely made for a fun half day.
I tend to go up Ding and down Dang. The canyons are beautiful and provide some great color contrasts between different kinds of rock. Both canyons have some difficult obstacles, especially Dang. NOT recommended for kids or pets. At one point, we had to stem across multiple large puddles while dropping down about twenty feet. Either come ready to walk through dirty water, or prepare your arms for a work out. Regardless, these canyons can be a lot of fun.
Fun canyon with average scenery. Hiking and scrambling with some exposed climbing. Hand-line or short rope recommended.
This was a fun hike but there are some technical and questionable obstacles. Not for someone who has a fear of heights. It's pretty exposednot as shaded as we thought as Little Wild Horse Bell Canyon Loop is. We took quite a few breaks when we came across shade. It took us closer to 5 hours to complete.
These canyons make a good loop hike. I went up Ding and down Dang a week after a rainstorm, so there was a lot of water. There were places where I was up to my chest. This is not a hike for novices or young children. Take the trail up the wash, and when it forks, the right trail is to Ding and the left is to Dang. After exiting Ding, head West, past Ding Dang Dome, until you get to the North end of Dang. There is a spot in Dang where most people rappel using an anchor in the rock. If you don't have a rope, you can get around this spot on a high ledge on the West side. Descending Dang has a couple spots where bridging and chimneying skills will be very useful. They were too high for me to be comfortable jumping. Bridging will get you past the part with chest-deep water. As with all slot canyons, don't attempt if there is any chance of rain anywhere near the canyons.