Deep canyons, monolithic cliffs and vibrant landscapes. Whether you are wanting to climb an immense sandstone cliff, explore a magnificent slot canyon or trek through a river carving a path in the mountains, Zion is the place for you.
The canyon is divided into areas geographically. The main canyon is where the majority of easily accessible activities and visitor center are found.
Any technical hikes involving ropes or harnesses require an inexpensive permit that can be booked in advance through the online booking, or though a walk in permit.
If you do not have the equipment or expertise, you can book a tour through an adventure company.
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Pine Creek Canyon
This canyon can be navigated in half a day with around 5 rappels and a large amount of cold water year round. Make sure to take dry bags if you have any electronics, wallets, or valuables. The largest rappels is around 100 feet, but be prepared for longer just in case the bottom of the last rappel has washed out some. Expect to take between 2-6 hours to complete this canyon (depending on the ability of your group). Even on a very hot day, you would be best with some level of wet suit. Read all of the details in this guide.
Expect this canyon to take 6-12 hours. It is best to go with people who have been, or to have good map reading skills. Use this guide as a reference.
The ideal season to climb in Zion is between March and November, and we recommend you check the weather before you go. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer months of July and August, and sandstone becomes weak when it is wet. Plan your trip in advance and be aware of seasonal route closures. You can find a list of closures here.
WHAT TO PACK
The hikes and activities in Zion National Park can be challenging, so packing as lightweight as possible is important. The ElectroLight™ Day Pack is the perfect bag for this trip. It can carry enough and will not weigh you down. Because the material is so light, it can fold really easily into your dry bag, if necessary.