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Exploring The Backcountry

The park offers a variety of backpacking opportunities, including the 15-mile round-trip Upper Muley Twist route, which follows a canyon through the Waterpocket Fold and offers views of arches and narrows, and panoramic vistas from the top of the fold; and the 22-mile round-trip Halls Creek Narrows, which follows Halls Creek through a slot canyon (where you may have to wade or swim). Free backcountry permits (available at the visitor center) are required for overnight hikes, and groups cannot exceed 12 people. Backcountry hikers should discuss their plans with rangers before setting out, because many of these routes are prone to flash floods.

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