ZION. This is the place.

Deep, spectacular canyons with lots of water make Zion the ONLY place for canyoneering at the height of summer. A few dramatic, technical routes challenge the veteran canyoneer, but most routes in Zion offer more beauty than challenge, with well-established anchors that make them a good place for folks to start their canyoneering careers. While many people consider Zion crowded and over-civilized - with permit and access issues getting in the way of a wilderness experience - away from the ten most-popular canyons can be found much wilderness and adventure. Easily worth a week - or a month! - of exploration!


Behunin Canyon rappel - Zion National Park

Technical Canyons of Zion National Park

Main CanyoN

Canyon Name Rating Quality Highest Rappel (ft/m) Time
BEHUNIN 3A III ★★★ 165 / 50.3 5-9 hrs
ECHO 3B II ★★★ 30 / 10 3-6 hrs
GROTTO 3B III ☆☆☆ 260 / 79.3 4-6 hrs
HIDDEN 3 BIII ★★ 100 / 30.5 6-9 hrs
HOOK 3 AII 150 / 45.72 Full day
IMLAY: SNEAK 4B IV R ★★★ 120 / 36.58 9-14 hrs
ISAAC 4 BV ★★ 280 / 85.35 12-16 hrs
REFRIGERATOR 3A II ★★ 190 / 57.92 4 hrs
MYSTERY 3B III ★★★ 120 / 36.58 5-8 hrs
NOT IMLAY 4A III ★★★ 300 / 91 7-9 hrs
OBSERVATION POINT 4A III ★★★ 300 / 91 7-9 hrs
ROCK 3A III ★★ 110 / 33.53 3-6 hrs
SPEARHEAD 4B V ★★ 300 / 91 1.5 days
TELEPHONE 3A III ★★ 155 / 47.25 6-10 hrs

Imlay Canyon Narrows, Zion National Park.

Kolob Terrace Road Canyons

Canyon Name Rating Quality Highest Rappel (ft/m) Time
BOUNDARY 3C III ★★★ 100 / 30 6-10 hrs
CORRAL HOLLOW 3A IV ★★★ 200 / 61 8-12 hrs
DAS BOOT 3B III ★★★ 60 / 20 7-12 hrs
HEAPS
via Phantom Valley
4B VI ★★★ 280 / 85.35 12-20 hrs
via Phantom, exit watercourse
4B VI ★★★ 360 / 109.73 12-20 hrs
via Gunsight
4B VI ★★★
KOLOB 3C IV or V ★★★ 165 / 50.3 8-12 hrs
IMLAY: FULL 4B IV R ★★★ 165 / 50.3 10-14 hrs
PIPE SPRING 3A III ★★★ 170 / 52 6-8 hrs
RIGHT FORK OF NORTH CREEK
Hammerhead
3B IV ★★★ 165 / 50.3 2-3 days
Standard
3B IV ★★★ 60 / 20 2-3 days
Direct
3B IV ★★★ 80 / 24.4 2-3 days
SUBWAY 3B III ★★★ 30 / 10 6-12 hrs

Moving through the water in Keyhole Canyon, Zion National Park.

East Side Canyons

Canyon Name Rating Quality Highest Rappel (ft/m) Time
BIRCH HOLLOW 3A III ★★★ 120 / 40 4-12 hrs
CHECKERBOARD 3B IV ★★ 205 / 63 12-15 hrs
DEADEYE DICK 3A III ★★★ 100 / 30.5 8 hrs
ECHO 3B II ★★★ 30 / 10 3-6 hrs
ENGLESTEAD 4A IV ★★★ 300 / 91 6-10 hrs
FAT MAN'S MISERY 3B III ★★ 40 / 15 8-12 hrs
KEYHOLE 3B II ★★★ 30 / 10 1-2 hrs
LODGE 4A R III 200 / 61 5-7 hrs
MYSTERY 3B III ★★★ 120 / 40 5-8 hrs
OBSERVATION POINT 4A III ★★★ 300 / 91 7-9 hrs
ORDERVILLE 3B III ★★★ 15 / 5 6-10 hrs
PINE CREEK 3B II ★★★ 100 / 30.5 2-6 hrs
SPRY 3A III ★★★ 165 / 50.3 4-7 hrs
WALKER GULCH 3A III ★★ 100 / 30 8 hrs

Icebox Canyon, Zion National Park.

Kolob Fingers Canyons

Canyon Name Rating Quality Highest Rappel (ft/m) Time
ICEBOX
North Pass Entrance
3B IV ★★★ 165 / 50.3 8-12 hrs
Slickrock Entrance
4B IV ★★★ 165 / 50.3 8-12 hrs