Canyoneering in Utah

The best way to experience the diverse landscapes of Utah is by hiking through them. Utah has some very remote areas that are accessible only to serious Canyoners that often require a guide.

Zion National Park is home to some of the world's best canyoneering routes. Canyoneering is the sport of hiking/rappelling/swimming through narrow canyons filled with obstacles. Some of the most popular canyoneering routes include:

The Subway

is one of the most beautiful slots in Zion Park. It is a strenuous 9.5 mile hike requiring short rappels or down climbs. The route also requires swimming through several deep pools of very cold debris filled water. The normal route begins at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead and ends at the Left Fork Trailhead.

Orderville

Canyon is another popular and beautiful canyon. It is a winding slot that is a tributary to the famous Zion Narrows. It also requires short rappels and extensive swimming.

Mystery Canyon

is lesser-known but it a favorite of many technical canyoneers. Only 12 hikers are allowed into the canyon per day. Technical climbing gear including two 140' ropes, harness descending equipment, emergency ascending equipment, emergency overnight gear and plenty of water are all necessary to do this hike.

Pine Creek

is a technical slot canyon with rappels and wading/swimming through cold pools. The longest rappel is nearly 100 ft. and requires a 60 meter rope. This slot takes about 4 hours to complete.

 

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