A fun and scenic technical canyon just outside Zion National Park, DED is far from the madding crowd, has a delightfully remote feel to it, and two nice raps down amazing flutes. Canyoneers will need to be proficient in natural anchor techniques. No permit required. Since the canyon faces north and is a long way up the North Fork road, DED is unlikely to be accessible in spring until all snow is melted and the road dried out.
The technical part of the canyon is fairly short and straightforward. This canyon is more of a “tour” than a “challenge”.
DED can be done with one car by walking down The Narrows and climbing up a sidecanyon, but the thrash over to the canyon itself is kinda rough. With two cars, spot a car at Chamberlain Ranch for your exit, then drive back to the Dakota Hill Road. An early start will be a big help on those hot summer days.
|Parking Spot, Dakota Hill Road||335166mE||4135641mN|
|NE peak Dakota Hill||333292mE||4135987mN|
|End of Ridge:||332793mE||4137039mN|
|One Car Approach, access canyon:||332587mE||4137656mN|