Top three reasons to climb and canyoneer in Zion, Utah
Plenty of climbing and canyoning routes for all skill levels
Improve your rappelling and single-pitch skills all in one adventure
Climb red Navajo sandstones and reenergize in narrow slot canyons
Zion’s nooks and crannies are best experienced through rock climbing and canyoning. Its 124,000 acres of wilderness are interspersed with countless sandstone cliffs soaring into brilliant blue sky and slot canyons snaking beneath the surface. The best thing is, you can experience both in one day! Combine these two exciting activities on an action-packed adventure full of 100 ft (30m) rappels and rewarding single-pitch routes. It’s a mix of scrambling over obstacles, plunging into refreshing canyons and reaching sweeping views of Zion’s peaks. Newcomers can have a crack at the sports, while seasoned climbers and canyoneers get a chance to develop their skills—all with the supervision of the expert guide.
March through November
Las Vegas, NV, is 2,5 hours away from Zion
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Big Group Half-Day Climbing and Canyoning in Zion
Spend an active day outdoors and experience the unique Zion terrain through rock climbing and canyoning. You can expect 5 active hours which will first begin with a short hike and will include 2-4 climbs, as well as 2-4 rappels. The activities usually take place at Lambs Knoll where you will receive expert instruction by a local guide tailored to your desires and abilities.
Private Group Half-Day Climbing and Canyoning in Zion
This more premium guided climbing and canyoning trip in Zion gives you an opportunity to receive a more individualized instruction whether you are new to any of the sports, or want to work on specific skills. You can join this adventure on your own or with another person for the optimal experience of Zion’s cliffs and canyons.
Big Group Full-Day Climbing and Canyoning in Zion
You want to devote more time to pink and red Navajo sandstones and uncover even more secrets hidden in slot canyons? This Zion climbing and canyoning trip gives you more time with 8 hours worth of rappelling and single-pitch climbing. You can expect 3-6 rappels, as well as 3-6 climbs and up to 1 hour of hiking. More time also means better learning outcomes for newcomers and seasoned climbers and canyoneers alike.
Private Group Full-Day Climbing and Canyoning in Zion
If you want to get the absolute most from your outing in Zion, this tour is for you. More time and private instruction will give you the best learning outcomes and an optimal, fuss-free experience of massive sandstones and energizing canyons. On your own, or with another person, you choose the focus of your Zion climbing and canyoning trip, and get a perfect guided adventure among magnificent South Utah landscapes.
Meet your guide
Booked this trip during a visit to Zion, and was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. What an amazing experience! Our guide was very patient and engaging throughout the half day trip. I would highly recommend if you want to add a little adventure to your vacation. You repel several times into places you probably would not venture to on your own. Very unique experience and a ton of fun!
We did a full day combo trip, and loved every second. Our guide, Maddy, was super helpful and knowledgeable. She catered to our skill level and pushed us to learn more skills during our day.
Cannot recommend this company and a to org strongly enough
Great trip. We did a combo rock climbing and canyoneering day for a family of five with three kids aged 12, 10 and 5. Rock Odysseys was very professional, the trip was well organised and our guide, Zack, was great and really made it a special day for the kids. Excellent all round.
My wife and I booked a combo climb/rappelling trip with Maddie and could not have been happier with the experience. She explained everything to us in detail, was patient and very funny. HIGHLY recommend.
We had such a fun day, on a private climbing/rappelling combo trip! Our guide Dion was an excellent host, showing us so many fun routes. We felt very safe and encouraged the whole time! Wish we could have spent the whole trip here!!
Things to know
Covid measures in Zion, 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 Zion National Park, 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 climbing and canyoning guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of climbing and canyoning depending on your chosen itinerary
- Transportation to the trailhead
- All technical gear
What’s not included:
- Transportation before the adventure
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about climbing and canyoning in Zion is that there are great options for all skill levels. Your adventure will include rappelling and single-pitch climbs, the number of which can be reduced or increased depending on your skill levels. If you have little or no experience with these activities, your guide will find the best appropriate locations that will get you started with them. The same goes for more advanced climbers and canyoneers—everything can be adjusted to your skill level and desires.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (25-30 L)
- 2-3 liters of water
- Lunch and snacks/energy bars
- Hiking boots, light hikers, trail-running shoes, or sneakers (with tread) for the approach
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Seasonally appropriate athletic wear (example: wind-breaker, or heavier coat in colder weather)
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:
- For the group adventures, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, while the minimum number of people that have to join is 3. The per person cost does not decrease as the group grows.
- For the private adventures, the client-to-guide ratio is either 1:1, or 2:1. The per-person cost decreases as your group grows.
Climbing and canyoning can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- These adventures are family-friendly so minors younger than 18 are permitted to join as well.
If your group has hikers 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 shuttle service to Springdale, Rockville, Virgin, La Verkin, or Hurricane in Utah. Due to National Park restrictions, all climbing and canyoneering trips are located just outside of Zion National Park.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, they will suggest the best place to meet. Your guide can also pick you up at your accommodation in any of the towns listed in the first paragraph. Alternatively, you can simply meet your guide at a designated recreational site, most often it’s Lambs Knoll.