Canyoneering Route Description List:
Zion National Park, Utah.

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Behunin Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 10 to 12 hours
Distance - 6.8 miles total, 2.2 miles technical.
Rappels - 9 total, longest rap 170'
Elevation Range - 4280 - 6300 feet
Shuttle Required - No. Vehicle - Passenger. Permit Required - Yes

Echo Canyon (middle) - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B II

Time Required - 5 to 7 hours
Distance - 4.7 miles Total, 0.9 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 20 feet.
Elevation Range - 4360 - 5620 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Fat Man's Misery (West Fork) - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III (IV)

Time Required - 9 to 11 hours
Distance - 8.9 miles Total, 1.6 miles Technical
Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 50 feet.
Elevation Range - 6000 - 4560 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Fat Man's Misery (East Fork) - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III (IV)

Time Required - 10 to 11 hours
Distance - 10.5 miles Total, 2.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 30 feet.
Elevation Range - 6000 - 4560 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

Great White Sewer Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A III

Time Required - 4 to 6 hours
Distance - 1.8 miles Total, 0.3 miles Technical
Rappels - 8 Rappels, Longest Rappel 195 feet.
Elevation Range - 4350 - 5560 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Grotto Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A III

Time Required - 6 to 8 hours  - Using the Stave Springs TH entry
Distance - 5.8 miles Total, 1.3 miles Technical
Rappels - 9 Rappels, Longest Rappel 260 feet.
Elevation Range - 6880 - 4280 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes - 21.5 miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Heaps Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  4B IV (or V) R or X

Bottom - Up Route:
Time Required
- 15 to 25 hours
Distance - 10.5 miles Total, 3.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 25 Rappels, Longest Rappel 290 feet.
Elevation Range - 7357 - 4280 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Top - Down Route:
Time Required
- 15 to 25 hours
Distance - 12.9 miles Total, 3.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 25 Rappels, Longest Rappel 290 feet.
Elevation Range - 7470 - 4280 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 36.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger - Possible High Clearance Permit Required - Yes

Heaps Canyon was my second canyon ever.  At that time I was very overwhelmed with teh intensity of the route.  Being overwhelmed is part of why I think I ended up falling in love with Canyoneering.  To read a quick account of that trip check out "Heaps - Through the Eyes of a Beginner Canyoneer".

Hidden Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A III

Time Required - 7.5 to 9.5 hours
Distance - 5.8 miles Total, 1.7 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 100 feet.
Elevation Range - 6880 - 4360 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 21.5 Miles Vehicle - Passenger (maybe a little extra clearance) Permit Required - Yes

Hook Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A IV (possibly  4A IV)

Time Required - 10 to 13 hours
Distance - 9.7 miles Total, 0.5 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 120 feet.
Elevation Range - 4280 - 6780 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

 Jolley Gulch - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A I

Time Required - 4 hours
Distance - 4.3 miles Total, 0.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 160 feet.
Elevation Range - 5720 - 6105 feet.
Shuttle Required - No  Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes

 Keyhole Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 1.5 to 2 hours
Distance - 0.7 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel x60 feet.  Longest rap of 60 feet is 2 stages (optionally two raps of 30 feet each).
Elevation Range - 5420 - 5620 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Lodge Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 10 to 13 hours (including side trips).
Distance - 4.6 miles Total, 1.3 miles Technical (including side trips).
Rappels - 6 Rappels, Longest Rappel 200 feet.
Elevation Range - 5190 - 4280 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 6.5 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Pine Creek Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B II

Time Required - 4 to 6 hours
Distance - 1.3 miles Total, 0.4 miles Technical
Rappels - 6 Rappels, Longest Rappel between 85 and 100 feet
Rap 6 is the longest rap and used to be 100 feet until there was a rock fall in 2009 filling in the bottom making the rap 85 feet.  Some of debris at the bottom of rap 6 is being washed out over time so go prepared for a possible 100 foot rappel.
Elevation Range - 5140 - 4390 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 1.9 or 2.8 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Refrigerator Canyon (Upper) - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A II

Time Required - 3 to 5 hours
Distance - 4.5 miles Total, 0.6 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 50 feet.
Elevation Range - 4280 - 5800 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Refrigerator Canyon (Lower) - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A I

Time Required - 3 to 4 hours
Distance - 1.9 miles Total, 0.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 190 feet.
Elevation Range - 4280 - 4920 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Shelf Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A I

Time Required - 3.5 hours
Distance - 2.0 miles Total, 0.4 miles Technical
Rappels - 1 Rappels, Longest Rappel 200 feet.
Elevation Range - 5158 - 6100 feet.
Shuttle Required - No  Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes

Snotto Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  4A III

Time Required - 8 to 10
Distance - 6.2 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels - 8 Rappels, Longest Rappel 415 feet.
Elevation Range - 6860 - 4280 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 21.5 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Spearhead Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  Rating Undetermined

Time Required - Unk
Distance - 7 miles to the Head of Spearhead Additional distance to descend and exit.
Rappels - xx Rappels, Longest Rappel xxx feet.  -- Scouting trip to head is all that has been done.  No rappel info available.
Elevation Range - 4280 - 6800 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Spry Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 6 to 8 hours
Distance with either approach - 3 miles Total, 1.3 miles Technical
Rappels - 11 Rappels, Longest Rappel 190 feet.
Elevation Range Standard Approach via Pine Creek - 5940 - 4140 Feet
Elevation Range Alternate Approach - 6105 - 4140 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 4.5 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Telephone Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A III

Time Required - 9 to 11hours
Distance -  9.6 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels -  12 Rappels, Longest Rappel 185 feet.
Elevation Range - 4280 - 6765 Feet
Shuttle Required -No  Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Canyons accessed from the Kolob Terrace area

Boundary Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3AorC IV

Exiting via MIA Exit (recommended route)
Time Required - 10 to 12 hours
Distance - 6.6 miles Total, 1.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 165 feet.
Elevation Range - 7540 - 5580 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No if using the MIA exit

Exiting via Zion Narrows to Temple of Sinawava
Time Required - 12 to 18 hours
Distance - 13.1 miles Total, 1.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 8 Rappels, Longest Rappel 165 feet. (1 extra rap in Kolob Creek after passing the MIA exit.)
Elevation Range - 7540 - 4450 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 37.2 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes if exiting down Kolob and Virgin Narrows.

 Kolob Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3C IV or V

Exiting via MIA Exit (recommended route)
Time Required - 12 to 16 hours
Distance - 7.8 miles Total, 2.5 miles Technical
Rappels - 13 Rappels, Longest Rappel 200 feet.
12 raps in Kolob Canyon and 1 Rap in Oak creek between Kolob and Boundary Canyons.
Elevation Range - 7540 - 5580 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Exiting via Zion Narrows to Temple of Sinawava
Time Required - 16 to 22 hours
Distance - 14.4 miles Total, 2.5 miles Technical
Rappels - 14 Rappels, Longest Rappel 200 feet.
12 raps in Kolob Canyon, 1 Rap in Oak creek between Kolob and Boundary Canyons and 1 rap after passing the MIA Exit.
Elevation Range - 7540 - 4450 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 37.2 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Pipe Spring Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A III

Time Required - 7 to 9 hours
Distance - 4.9 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 9 Rappels, Longest Rappel 190 feet.
Elevation Range - 7470 - 5890 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

South Guardian Angel Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  4A IV (V)

Time Required - 17 to 20 hours
Distance - 8.8 miles Total, 0.7 miles Technical
Rappels - 11 Rappels, Longest Rappel 305 feet.  Longest rap could be longer if anchor webbing not extended.
Elevation Range - 4660 - 6500 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 7.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Canyons that are part of or drain into Left Fork of North Creek
(a.k.a The Left Fork)

Das-Boot - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III or IV (Depending on exit route)

Down Das Boot then back "UP" the standard Subway Approach
Time Required
- 4-6 hours
Distance - 8.4 miles Total, 0.7 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 25 feet.
Elevation Range - 6970 - 5590 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Down Das Boot then Continue down the Subway Route
Time Required
- 9 to 11 hours
Distance - 7.7 miles Total, 2.0 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 25 feet.
Elevation Range - 6970 - 4670 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 7.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Russell Gulch - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III or IV (depending on exit)

Down Russell Gulch then back "UP" the standard Subway Approach
Time Required - 4-6 hours
Distance - 6.4 miles Total, 1.0 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 90 feet.
Elevation Range - 6970 - 5590 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Down Russell Gulch then Continue down the Subway Route
Time Required - 7 to 9 hours
Distance - 7.7 miles Total, 2.3 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 90 feet.
Elevation Range - 6970 - 4670 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

The Subway - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 7 to 9 hours
Distance - 7.7 miles Total, 1.3 miles Technical
Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 25 feet.
Elevation Range - 6970 - 4670 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 7.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Canyons draining into The Virgin River above Temple of Sinawava

Checkerboard Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah. 3B IV or V

Time Required - 12.5 to 15.5 hours
Distance - 13.8 miles Total, 1.9 miles Technical
Rappels - 13 Rappels, Longest Rappel 200 feet.
Elevation Range - 6820 - 4440 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 27.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes
Optionally using a 4WD - High Clearance vehicle will get a little over a mile farther into the approach.

Deadeye Dick Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A II

Time Required - Deadeye Dick Only - 7 to 8 hours
Allow an additional hour if you add Mighty Mouse to the route.
Distance - 9.5 miles Total, 0.4 miles Technical
Rappels - 6 Rappels, Longest Rappel 120 feet.
Elevation Range - 5420 - 6350 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger can (High Clearance recommended), 4WD if bad roads Permit Required - No

Eastern Sun Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  4A III

Time Required - 7 to 9 hours
Distance - 12 miles Total, 0.6 miles Technical
Rappels - 9 Rappels, Longest Rappel 170 feet.
Elevation Range - 6745 - 5270 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 3.8 Miles Vehicle - High Clearance, 4WD if bad road conditions Permit Required - Yes

 Imlay Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  4B IV or V R

Time Required - 16 to 24 hours
Distance from Lava Point -                             11.4 miles Total, 3.2 miles Technical
Distance from Angel's Landing Trailhead -   13.1 miles Total, 3.2 miles Technical.
Rappels - 46 Rappels, Longest Rappel 170 feet.
Elevation Range from Lava Point - 7480 - 4500 feet.
Elevation Range from Angles Landing Trailhead - 4176 - 7360 feet.
Shuttle Required - Yes if starting from Lava Point 36.3 miles  Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes

 Imlay Canyon -Sneak Route - Zion National Park, Utah.  4B IV or V  R

Time Required - 16 to 24 hours
Distance - 9.1 miles Total, 1.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 27 Rappels, Longest Rappel 110 feet.
Elevation Range - 4176 - 6050 feet.
Shuttle Required - No  Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes

Mighty Mouse Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A II

Time Required - Mighty Mouse Only - 5 hours
Allow 7 - 8 hours for doing both Deadeye Dick and Mighty Mouse.
Distance - 7.6 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels -  Rappels, Longest Rappel 80 feet.
Elevation Range - 5875 - 5475 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger can (High Clearance recommended), 4WD if bad roads Permit Required - No

Mystery Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 7 to 9 hours
Distance - 7.6 miles Total, 1.8 miles Technical (starting from Weeping Rock trailhead).
Rappels - 11 Rappels, Longest Rappel 135 feet.
Elevation Range - 4440 - 6820 Feet
Shuttle Required - No - if starting from Weeping Rock Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Not Imlay Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A III

Time Required - 8 to 10 hours
Distance - 6.9 miles Total, 0.2 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 230 feet.  (bring rope for 250 foot drop)
Elevation Range - 4280 - 6000 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Canyons that are part of or drain into Orderville

Birch Hollow - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A IV (or III depending on route)

Exiting down Orderville to the Narrows.

Exit - - - Down Orderville and the Narrows
Time Required - 10 to 13
Distance - 10.6 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels - 10 Rappels, Longest Rappel 100 feet. (2 extra raps if exiting down Orderville making a total of 12)
Elevation Range for loop option on foot - 6740 - 5510 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 22.1 Miles Vehicle - Passenger.  Rain may require High Clearance or 4WDPermit Required - Yes

Exit - - - Up Orderville then Up Wild Wind Hollow
Time Required - 5 to 8
Distance - 4.4 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels - 10 Rappels, Longest Rappel 100 feet.
Elevation Range for loop option on foot - 6820 - 4440 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passenger. Rain may require High Clearance or 4WD Permit Required - No

Exit - - - Up Orderville to the Upper Orderville trailhead.
Time Required
- xxDistance - 5.3 miles Total, 0.8 miles Technical
Rappels - 10 Rappels, Longest Rappel 100 feet. (2 extra raps if exiting down Orderville)
Elevation Range for shuttle option - 5510 - 6400 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 3.2 Miles Vehicle - Passenger.  Rain may require High Clearance or 4WD Permit Required - No

 Bulloch Canyon - Paper Bag Fork - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A IV

Time Required - 10 to 12 hours
Time Required - 11 to 13 hours
Distance - 13.6 miles Total, 2 miles Technical - Technical miles include 1.5 miles down Orderville which is mostly a walk.
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 70 feet. - 6 raps in Paper Bag Fork and one rap in Lower Orderville
Elevation Range - 6820 - 4440 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 27.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes
Optionally using a 4WD - High Clearance vehicle will get a little over a mile farther into the approach.

 Bulloch Canyon - Salamander Fork - Zion National Park, Utah.  4A(B) IV

Time Required - 10 to 12 hours
Distance - 11.6 miles Total, 3.4 miles Technical
Rappels - 8 Rappels, Longest Rappel 170 feet.
Elevation Range - 6745 - 4440 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 27.6 Miles Vehicle - Passenger  Permit Required - Yes
Optionally using a 4WD - High Clearance vehicle will get a little over a mile farther into the approach.

Englestead Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  4B III (IV) R

Time Required - 9 to 12 hours
Distance - 7.4 miles Total, 1.5 miles Technical (also 1 rap on the exit route)
Rappels - 11 Rappels, Longest Rappel 290 feet. (10 raps in Englestead and 1 in Orderville)
Elevation Range - 6430 - 4440 Feet
Shuttle Required -Yes 22.6 Miles Vehicle - High Clearance (possibly 4WD Permit Required - Yes

Esplin Gulch - Zion National Park, Utah.  4A III (IV)

Time Required - 9 to 10 hours
Distance - 10.8 miles Total, 0.9 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 215 feet.  But a 250 foot rope is needed - See General Comments.
Elevation Range - 6820 - 5230 Feet
Shuttle Required - Yes 5.3 Miles Vehicle - Passenger - High Clearance if bad road conditions Permit Required - No

Mis-Me Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 7 to 10 hours
Distance - 10.6 miles total, 1.3 miles technical.
Rappels - 3 total, longest rap 60'
Elevation Range - 43870- 6640 feet
Shuttle Required - No. Vehicle - Passenger. Permit Required - Yes

Walker Gulch - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A II (III)

Time Required from Upper Trailhead - 9 to 11 from upper TH.
Time Required from Lower Parking Area - 6 to 8 hours from lower parking area.
Distance from Upper Trailhead - 8.2 miles Total, 1.4 miles Technical
Distance from Lower Parking Area - 6 miles Total, 1.4 miles Technical
Rappels - 2 Rappels, Longest Rappel 150 feet.
Elevation Range - 6400 -  5380Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - Passengervehicle to upper TH. High Clearance, 4WD to drive in farther. Permit Required - No

Canyons in the Kolob Canyons portion of Zion NP

Icebox Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3A IV

Time Required - 12 to 15 hours
Distance - 13 miles Total, 2.93 miles Technical
Rappels - 7 Rappels, Longest Rappel 150 feet.
Elevation Range - 6960 - 5050 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - Yes

Canyons Outside Zion NP

Mount Carmel Utah - About 12 miles east of Zion NP

Red Caves - Zion National Park, Utah.  2B II (optionally made a 3B II)

Time Required - 7 to 10 hours
Distance - 7.1 miles Total, 1.1 miles Technical
Rappels - 3 Rappels, Longest Rappel 30 feet.
Elevation Range - 5290 - 6000 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No

HilDale Utah - About 12 miles south of Zion NP

Water Canyon - Zion National Park, Utah.  3B III

Time Required - 8 to 11 hours
Distance - 4.3 miles Total, 0.7 miles Technical
Rappels - 9 Rappels, Longest Rappel 170 feet.
Longest rappel may be only 105 feet, IF you decide to drop into the canyon at the
early drop in option rather than go up and over Top Rock to enjoy the upper canyon.
Elevation Range - 5230 - 6520 Feet
Shuttle Required -No Vehicle - Passenger Permit Required - No