Zion National Park is one of the premier canyoning destinations in the USA. Its easy accessibility, beautiful scenery make it a must visit for every canyoneer at some point in their lives.
Unfortunately it is so popular the park service requires permits for all of the canyons that are inside the park property. You have 2 choices to obtain a permit.
- Arrive the day before, or the day of your trip and pick one up in person. (Good luck….)
- Use the online Zion Backcountry Permit System.
Needless to say this has not been the most popular system, however having spent 3 hours waiting to drop into Pine Creek one labor day, we can understand where they are coming from.
Can’t get a permit? Then you can spend the day hiking the park, Tom Jones’ Zion Canyoneering has a great listing of trails. If you had your heart set on droping down a canyon then check out one of the Zion Adjacent Canyons.
First trip, or just want to check the weather? See our Zion National Park Planning Page.
The canyons listed below some of the most popular, but just a taste of what the park and the surrounding areas have to offer. We have split up canyons into several different areas so if you don’t find what you are looking for below click down on the area links to find the rest of the canyons.
|The Narrows||1B IV|
|Orderville Canyon||3B III|
|East Rim Area|
|Pine Creek||3B II|
|West Rim Area|
|The Subway||3B III|
|Imlay||4B R V or IV|
|Heaps||4B R V|
|North Zion and Kolob|
|Kolob Canyon||3C IV|
|Zion Adjacent Areas|
|Birch Hollow||3A II|
There are several guide books that cover all or some of the canyons in Zion National Park and surrounding areas.
Zion: Canyoneering Author: Tom Jones Release Date: 2006
Canyoneering Zion Author: Shane Burrows Release Date: 2004
Climb-Utah: Shane Burrows’ site, some free beta some for pay.
Canyoneering USA: Tom Jones’ Online Beta
BluuGnome: Luke Gayland’s Online Beta
ACA Forums: Basic to complete beta and forum discussions on current conditions.