Top three reasons to go canyoneering near Zion
Try out a new and unique form of adventure tourism
Rappel, hike, climb, and swim through Utah’s majestic canyons
Plenty of picturesque canyoneering routes for beginners and experts alike
Zion could be considered one of the birthplaces of canyoneering—a thrilling combination of problem-solving, pathfinding, rappelling, hiking, and scrambling that’s been gaining a lot of traction in the world of adventure tourism. Utah’s wind and water-battered slot canyons provide the perfect exploration opportunities. With over 124,000 acres of scenic wilderness, the area hides plenty of wet and dry canyons, tight squeezes, and refreshing swims that will make you fall in love with this hybrid adventure. The area just outside of National Park’s boundaries offers plenty of equally beautiful canyons and routes for every taste. And the best part is—anyone can try canyoneering! Places such as the Lambs Knoll near Zion’s Kolob Terrace serve as the perfect introduction into the world of canyoneering. Come and see for yourself why Utah’s canyons are a premier outdoor destination!
Las Vegas, NV, is 2,5 hours away from Zion
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Canyoneering near Zion National Park
Head to Utah’s magnificent canyons for a stunning half-day canyoneering tour! Join your experienced local guide and hike, climb, squeeze, swim, rappel, support, laugh, cry, and much more in amazing all-natural landscapes. Your guide knows all the best canyoneering locations around Zion, and they’ll make sure that the routes you choose are ideal for your experience and fitness levels. Due to restrictions, all canyoneering trips are located outside of the Park but don’t worry—your guides know some pretty amazing places!
Full-Day Canyoneering near Zion National Park
Gather some friends and family and make your way to Utah, for a 6-8 hour adventure of a lifetime! Canyoneering is a unique and addictive hybrid adventure experience specific to the Zion area. Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced canyoneer, you’ll enjoy hiking, rappelling, and scrambling amazing wet slot canyons, enjoying the amazing views along the way. Due to National Park restrictions, all canyoneering trips are located outside of Zion National Park but don’t worry—your guides know some pretty amazing places!
Meet your guide
Zion Guide Hub
We had a group of 8 that did a half-day of canyoneering with Mike & Hector. They were awesome guides, taught us the knots instead of just doing it for us, provided us with insightful facts and history about the area. They let us know to get there an hour earlier than scheduled to heat the rush and that ended up being great as we didn’t have to wait for any other groups. Just super friendly going and made sure we had a great time. They also took tons of great action shots of us and shared them at the end.
We did a half-day of canyoneering and had Mike and Hector as our guides. They were great! Super knowledgeable about the park and the area we were rappelling through. Kept everyone safe and together as we hiked up to where we started canyoneering and taught us how to connect ourselves into the ropes – though I don’t think any of us could remember it each time! Hector gave a great easy dinner recommendation for River Rock Roasting Co. All in all, a great day and an awesome experience!
Did two different guided excursions with Sunny. Full-day hike and half-day canyoneering. Very knowledgeable, made us feel safe, and had an amazing time. This was our first time at the park. Definitely recommend Sunny if you want an unforgettable experience.
We had a fabulous time canyoneering with Josh!
He encouraged us and pushed us just enough to give us the confidence we needed to have a magnificent experience.
Things to know
Covid measures in Utah
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Utah, please refer to Utah’s official COVID-19 update website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of canyoneering depending on your chosen itinerary
- Climbing ropes, helmets, and all technical climbing gear
- Lunch on full-days
- Transportation from Springdale to the trailhead and back
- Action photos during the tour
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Springdale
- Lunch on half-days (a lunch pack including a sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink is available for $14 per person)
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Canyoneering is all about using good movement technique rather than traversing cliffs and valleys using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never canyoneered before?
For this canyoneering tour, no prior climbing, rappelling, or scrambling experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned hiker and climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your tour.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
- Sturdy hiking boots or close-toed trail running shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle, or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks and/or lunch
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- These tours are not private. For the group tours, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
- It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Canyoneering tours in Zion can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors as young as 4 may be permitted to go canyoneering on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Zion National Park, most people fly into Las Vegas McCarran International Airport 2.5 hours away from the park. From there, you can rent a car and take a 2,5-3 hour drive to Springdale, Utah. Alternatively, you can take a bus to St. George, UT, and take a shuttle or cab to Springdale. Due to National Park restrictions, all canyoneering trips are located in amazing places outside of Zion National Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Springdale or a predetermined location.