Canyoneering Route Description

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

Quick Facts

04-18-15, 3 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 11.1 hours) Pictures Icon - Time is for starting form Weeping Rock making for a very long day.

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

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 260 feet and 60 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.  Wet suits should not be needed.  There are two spots where you might get wet, see general comments.

General Comments

The upper half of Grotto Canyon is full of rock and log debris and not very scenic. The lower half of the canyon becomes more scenic and less choked with debris.  The final rap is a long free hanging rappel past hanging gardens and down to a spring and worth visiting.

If there is water in the canyon rap 5 may have a pool below it that can be waist to chest deep. The first person will need to get wet but can easily use the rope to pull everyone else past the water. Another pool is at the bottom of rap 6 and can be avoided with some effort by stemming and scrambling over the pool in a long arrow slot.

Rap 2 is 205 feet but could be broken up into two shorter raps using a large ledge about 80 or 90 feet up from the bottom with a huge boulder and trees to use for anchors. This may effect your rap count if you break rap 2 into two rappels.

Raps 5 and 7 have features that can stick a rope. Pay close attention and work to keep the rope out of cracks.

The route we took on our first visit was to start at Weeping Rock down in the Valley and hike the trail system all the way up and around to avoid the car shuttle. This made for an unusually long day and is not the recommended option. For a shorter day (described in this description) the best option is to start at the Stave Spring TH. The shorter route will require an exit shuttle vehicle to be set at the visitor center used to retrieve the entry vehicle after your route.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

Note:
These directions are for the Stave Springs Trailhead entry.  Other possible starting points would be the East Rim trailhead or the Weeping Rock trailhead.  If Weeping Rock is used there is no need for a shuttle since you start and finish on the valley floor where there are shuttle busses.  However the approach route will be longer and have a significant increase in elevation gain.

The last part of the drive into Stave Springs Trailhead is dirt but is usually passable by passenger car.

From the East Gate of Zion National Park, travel 2.4 miles east on highway 9 to the turn for North Fork (wEngDP-01) and turn left (north) onto the North Fork Road.  Follow the paved North Fork Road for 5.3 miles to the turn for the Ponderosa Ranch (wEngDP-02) and turn left (west) to go into Ponderosa Ranch. 

As you enter the Ponderosa Ranch follow the paved road staying right at all turns.  About 1000 feet after entering Ponderosa Ranch the paved road will end and a dirt road will begin (wEngDP-03). 

Follow the dirt road 0.3 miles to a junction with a sign for observation point (wEngDP-04), at this junction continue to the right / straight ahead to continue west following the sign toward Observation Point.  About 0.22 miles farther is a Tee in the road (wEngDP-05) where you will turn left (southish) and not follow the sign to Observation Point.  About 100 feet past the left turn is a fork in the road where you will take the right fork.  Drive about 0.6 miles to a triangular junction (wHiddnDP01) and turn left.  In about 200 feet you will Tee into Pine Street where you will turn right to travel west on Pine Street.  Drive west about 0.5 miles to the Stave Springs Trailhead (tStaveSpring).

Just before reaching the trailhead is a gate as you re-enter the Zion Park boundary.  You can drive past the gate, but be sure to close the gate behind you.  If there is rain fall the last section of road from the gate to the trail head may be difficult for some vehicles. If that is the case find a convenient place to park near the gate and walk to the trailhead. Keep in mind this is private property and try to be thoughtful when choosing a parking spot.

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

The exit vehicle can be parked at the visitor center.  Once the route is complete, take the Zion shuttle to the visitor center to the exit vehicle.

Maps - - - - GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom of this route description.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Details

The Approach:
From the Stave Spring Trailhead (tStaveSpring), follow the trail west about 0.6 miles to the junction with the East Rim Trail (jStaveEastRimTrl).  At the junction for the East Rim Trail, turn left and continue south on the East Rim Trail.

About 0.3 miles farther is another trail junction (jDeerTrpMntTrl).  At this junction turn right and walk south on the Deer trap Mountain Trail.

About 1.1 miles farther will be the junction for the Cable Mountain trail (jCableMntTrl).  Stay left / straight to continue southwest on the Deertrap Mountain Trail - passing the Cable Mountain junction.

About 0.5 miles farther is an old junction in the trail that you will likely never notice and walk right on by (jDeerTrapOld1).  If you see this junction stay left to travel southwest.  If you do not see this junction keep on walking.

Note about old trail system:
Sometime between 2008 and 2014 the trail system has changed.  It is unlikely you will see the old trail veering off to the right since the old trail has been covered and disguised to allow vegetation to regrow and cover the old trail. The old trail veers to the right (more west) while the new trail is clear and easy to follow veering left (more southwest).

About 1.4 miles farther is the top of a switchback (wDeerTrapRP05) where the trail turns sharp then descends southwest down to a wide meadow area. It is easy to accidentally get off trail here because the sharp turn in the trail can be overlooked.

About 0.2 miles farther is where you will leave the trail to go to Grotto Canyon (jGrottoCyn) at the western end of a wide open meadow like area  and where the trail begins to pass into taller bushes and also starts to gradually climb. To go to Grotto Canyon, walk to where the trail begins to have bushes on both sides, then veer right and leave the trail and travel northwest about 400 feet to Grotto Canyon.

As you walk over to Grotto there will be some vegetation to wander through to get to where you can scramble down into the canyon. Depending on your route over to the canyon you may scramble in right at the head of the canyon or scramble down in on the RDC side as we did.

Note - Navigation aid for where to leave the trail:
Just past this spot are some logs placed across the trail to serve as stairs. If you are going to Grotto Canyon, leave the trail just before getting to the first log / stair. If you stay on the trail, it will begin to get more steep and have more closely spaced logs / stairs across the trail.

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
When you get to where you can scramble down into Grotto Canyon (yGrottoTp) on the RDC side near the head of the canyon, there are multiple ways you can scramble down into Grotto.

Scramble down in the canyon then travel down a rock filled canyon for about 270 feet to a downclimb (Grotto01) of about 10 feet with lots of loose chossy rock. Or you can bypass down a slope on the LDC side.

Shortly after is a drop (Grotto02) of about 20 feet that would be sketchy to downclimb. Reverse back up canyon about 40 feet to where you can scramble up on the LDC side to bypass the drop then down a dirt slope.

A little over 200 feet farther is a steep section (Grotto03) that would be sketchy to downclimb. Bypass on the LDC side and make your way down a very long dirt slope.  About 400 feet farther is rap 1. 

Rap 1 (dGrottoR1) is anchored RDC from a tree and drops about 75 feet down an almost vertical rock and log filled slope. At the bottom of the rap is a slot about 3 feet wide for about 50 feet before it widens out again.

Next is a series of about 5 easy scrambles / downclimbs (Grotto04) spread along about 500 feet of canyon after rap 1. The downclimbs / scrambles range from 5 to 12 feet each.

A few hundred feet of easy walking get to the end of a flat sandy area (Grotto05) where the watercourse turns sharp left and drops down through a sandstone slot.

To get to rap 2, scramble down through the sandstone slot for about 50 feet before getting to a very large drop then exit the slot and scramble up the RDC side to a small tree for an anchor.

Note:
If the sandstone slot is full of water and you wish to avoid that water, it is possible to bypass the slot by going up and over on the RDC side then work your way down a steep dirt slope to the anchor for rap 2. The steep dirt hill can be difficult to downclimb and an optional rappel may be a good idea.

Rap 2 (dGrottoR2) is anchored RDC from a small tree near the bottom of a sloped sandstone slot and drops about 205 feet to the canyon floor. There is a ledge about 80 or 90 feet up from the bottom with a huge boulder and some trees which would allow you to break this rappel up into two shorter raps.

About 220 feet farther is rap 3.

Rap 3 (dGrottoR3) is anchored RDC from a tree and drops about 80 feet.

The 400 feet of canyon after rap 3 has multiple downclimbs ranging fro 5 to 12 feet each. As the downclimb section ends the floor becomes sandy just before getting to where a large side canyon (I call it Not Grotto Canyon) joins in high up on the LDC side a little over 500 feet after rap 3.  The bottom of Not Grotto Canyon (jNotGrotto) on the LDC side goes un-noticed as it drops in from overhead.

Down canyon of Not Grotto Canyon the floor is mostly flat and sandy with a few easy downclimbs of 5 to 8 feet each. As you walk the section of canyon below here you may notice a small arch about 50 feet up from the floor but I forget which side it is on. For more scenic value look back up canyon to see the division between the Grotto Canyon and Not Grotto Canyon which looks like a huge monolith from this angle.

Rap 4 is about 650 feet after passing Not Grotto Canyon.

Rap 4 (dGrottoR4) is anchored LDC from a small tree about 20 feet back and drops about 80 feet to more flat sandy canyon floor.

About 100 feet after rap 4 is a drop (Grotto06) in the canyon at the top of a slot. Bypass LDC then follow dirt slopes and a few ledges to scramble for a ways back down to the canyon floor. After the bypass is a mix of sandy walking and light scrambling over short drops.

about 700 feet farther is the top (Grotto07) of a steeply sloped slot that can be downclimbed in 2 stages with moderately difficulty. Just after is another downclimb of about 15 feet that is more challenging and may require a partner assist for some. Optionally this drop could be rappelled but partner assisting works well. Next is flat sandy floor to walk for a little bit.

almost 400 feet farther is a drop (Grotto08) into a slot that can be bypassed up and over LDC which turns to a fin to downclimb off of back to the canyon floor. Next is more sandy wash walking with a couple sloped sections to scramble down.

A little over 500 feet farther is rap 5.

Rap 5 (dGrottoR5-6) is anchored LDC from 2 bolted hangers and drops about 75 feet over log debris in a narrow slot. If there is water in the canyon the pool below could be waist to chest deep. The first person will need to get wet but can easily use the rope to pull everyone else past the water.

Rap 6 is near the bottom of rap 5, is anchored LDC from 1 piton, 1 bolted hanger and 1 climbers nut and drops about 200 feet. From the top of rap 6 are great views out to the Zion Valley. At the bottom of the rap is a 20 foot long pool in a narrow slot that can be about waist deep. The pool can be stemmed and scrambled over with some effort to avoid the water. After the pool is a short sandy spot that ends abruptly at the next rappel.

About 150 feet farther is rap 7.

Rap 7 (dGrottoR7-8) is anchored LDC from one bolted hanger and one piton. and drops 50 feet down to a ledge.

Rap 8 at the bottom of rap 7 anchored from 2 bolted hangers and drops about 220 feet down into a deep slot.
At the bottom of rap 8 walk a few feet over to a ledge over looking the final drop.

Note:
Snotto Canyon drops down from the ledge on the LDC side here then uses the same final rappel as Grotto Canyon.

Walk about 100 feet over to rap 9.

Rap 9 (dGrottoR9) is anchored from 2 bolted hangers and drops about 260 feet over an alcove / hanging garden area with the majority of the rappel being free hanging. It is possible to get off rope about 15 feet higher on the sloped side wall of the alcove to make the rap a little shorter.

From the bottom of rap 9 walk down the sloped slickrock and over a short ledge.

The Exit:
To exit Grotto Canyon follow northwest along one of many use trails webbing around on the LDC (west) side of the drainage. The better trails appear to be quite a ways up out of the water course. About 0.26 miles farther is a dirt road / trail running west a short distance over to the Grotto Bus Stop (wBusStpGrotto).  Ride the bus back to the visitor center to your exit vehicle.

GPS Waypoint Information

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Downloadable GPX files for many of the canyons listed here are now available at the BG-Gear Store.  In addition to the waypoints, the GPX files also offer routes and tracks for the canyon.  Over time more GPX files will be added.

If you want to avoid manually adding waypoints into your GPS or mapping software, want the additional routes and tracks or simply want to support the efforts put into BluuGnome, head over to the BG-Gear Store and grab the files that interest you.

Elevations are approximate.  Waypoints with no elevation data will display NaN in place of the elevation.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

Notes for GPS information:
BEFORE
entering coordinates from this website, please ensure your system (GPS or mapping software) is set to the same datum used here.  Waypoint coordinates are listed with WGS84 datum and in Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd° format.  Entering coordinate information with inconsistent datum's can result in the waypoints being off by hundreds of feet.  It is important to keep this in mind when entering waypoints from any source.

Grotto Canyon (1) - Drive to Trailhead
  1. wEngDP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.23934   W -112.83230        Elev: 5,869 Feet
    Turn to the North Fork off Highway 9.
  2. wEngDP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.27285   W -112.87304        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn left, to the Ponderosa Ranch.
  3. wEngDP-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.27303   W -112.87625        Elev: NaN Feet
    Pavement Ends.
  4. wEngDP-04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.27489   W -112.88006        Elev: NaN Feet
    Continue straight. Sign saying Observation Point.
  5. wEngDP-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.27583   W -112.88405        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn right at Tee in the road. Toward Observation Point.
  6. wHiddnDP01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.26880   W -112.89025        Elev: NaN Feet
    On the way into Stave Springs Trail Head turn left at this triangular junction and drive about 200 feet to Pine Street. Turn right onto Pine street to travel west to Stave Springs Trailhead.
  7. tStaveSpring          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.26759   W -112.89948        Elev: 6,450 Feet
    Some rangers refer to this as the Stave Springs Trailhead. Have not found official name for it.
Grotto Canyon (2) - Approach
  1. tStaveSpring          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.26759   W -112.89948        Elev: 6,450 Feet
    Some rangers refer to this as the Stave Springs Trailhead. Have not found official name for it.
  2. jStaveEastRimTrl          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.26605   W -112.90779        Elev: 6,390 Feet
    Junction to the Stave Springs Trail off of the East Rim Trail.
  3. jDeerTrpMntTrl          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.26206   W -112.90624        Elev: 6,460 Feet
    Junction for the Deertrap Mountain Trail.
  4. jCableMntTrl          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25266   W -112.91699        Elev: 6,880 Feet
    Trail Junction for the Cable Mountain Trail.
  5. jDeerTrapOld1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24888   W -112.92336        Elev: NaN Feet
    Sometime between 2008 when I first visited Hidden Canyon and 2014 the trail system has changed. This point is where the old and new trails diverge. It is unlikely you will see both trials since the old trail has been covered and disguised to allow vegetation to regrow and cover the old trail. The old trail veers to the right (more west) while the new trail is clear and easy to follow veering left (more southwest). Continue southwest along the new well defined trail.
  6. jHiddenCyn          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24486   W -112.92891        Elev: 6,800 Feet
    Leave the trail approximately here to route find your way over to the top of Hidden Canyon. Hidden canyon is about 0.2 miles to the west of this point. There are no helpful landmarks for this point so a GPS is helpful but not manditory. Leave the trail here and travel west a little over 100 feet to the top of the cliff band. If you left the trail in the correct spot you will find a slope gentle enough to allow you to walk / scramble down to the bottom of the cliff band. If you left in the wrong spot you may be cliffed out and need to wander along the top of the cliff band to find the way down.
  7. wDeerTrapRP05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24216   W -112.93503        Elev: 6,830 Feet
    Top of a switchback where the trail turns sharp then descends southwest down to a wide meadow area. It is easy to accidentally get off trail here because the sharp turn in the trail can be overlooked.
  8. jDeerTrapOld2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24167   W -112.93708        Elev: 6,770 Feet
    Western end of the OLD Deartrap trail. The old trail has been covered and vegetation has begun to recliam the old trail making it difficult to find.
  9. jGrottoCyn          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24155   W -112.93749        Elev: 6,760 Feet
    Here at the western end of a wide open meadow like area the trail begins to pass into taller bushes and also starts to gradually climb. To go to Grotto Canyon, walk to where the trail begins to have bushes on both sides, then veer right and leave the trail and travel northwest about 400 feet to Grotto Canyon. As you walk over to Grotto there will be some vegetation to wander through to get to where you can scramble down into the canyon. Depending on your route over to the canyon you may scramble in right at the head of the canyon or scramble down in on the RDC side as we did. Note: Just past this spot are some logs placed across the trail to serve as stairs. If you are going to Grotto Canyon, leave the trail just before getting to the first log / stair. If you are continuing to Snotto, stay on the trail which will begin to get more steep and have more closely spaced logs / stairs across the trail.
  10. yGrottoTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24232   W -112.93857        Elev: 6,680 Feet
    Top of Grotto Canyon. This is where you can scramble down into Grotto Canyon on the RDC side near the head of the canyon. There are multiple ways you can scramble down into Grotto.
Grotto Canyon (3) - Canyon and Exit
  1. yGrottoTp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24232   W -112.93857        Elev: 6,680 Feet
    Top of Grotto Canyon. This is where you can scramble down into Grotto Canyon on the RDC side near the head of the canyon. There are multiple ways you can scramble down into Grotto.
  2. Grotto01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24296   W -112.93891        Elev: NaN Feet
    Downclimb of about 10 feet with lots of loose chossy rock. Or you can bypass down a slope on the LDC side.
  3. Grotto02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24330   W -112.93913        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop of about 20 feet that would be sketchy to downclimb. Reverse back up canyon about 40 feet to where you can scramble up on the LDC side to bypass the drop then down a dirt slope.
  4. Grotto03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24389   W -112.93943        Elev: NaN Feet
    A steep section that would be sketchy to downclimb. Bypass on the LDC side and make your way down a very long dirt slope.
  5. dGrottoR1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24498   W -112.94020        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 1 - Grotto Canyon. Anchored RDC from a tree and drops about 75 feet down an almost vertical rock and log filled slope. At the bottom of the rap is a slot about 3 feet wide for about 50 feet before it widens out again.
  6. Grotto04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24593   W -112.94063        Elev: NaN Feet
    Series of about 5 easy scrambles / downclimbs spread along about 500 feet of canyon after rap 1. The downclimbs / scrambles range from 5 to 12 feet each.
  7. Grotto05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24765   W -112.94142        Elev: NaN Feet
    At the end of a flat sandy area the watercourse turns sharp left and drops down through a sandstone slot. To get to rap 2, scramble down through the sandstone slot for about 50 feet before getting to a very large drop then exit the slot and scramble up the RDC side to a small tree for an anchor. Note: If the sandstone slot is full of water and you wish to avoid that water, it is possible to bypass the slot by going up and over on the RDC side then work your way down a steep dirt slope to the anchor for rap 2. The steep dirt hill can be difficult to downclimb and an optional rappel may be a good idea.
  8. dGrottoR2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24775   W -112.94161        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Grotto Canyon. Anchored RDC from a small tree near the bottom of a sloped sandstone slot and drops about 205 feet to the canyon floor. There is a ledge about 80 or 90 feet up from the bottom with a huge boulder and some trees which would allow you to break this rappel up into two shorter raps.
  9. dGrottoR3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24825   W -112.94211        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Grotto Canyon. Anchored RDC from a tree and drops about 80 feet. The 400 feet of canyon after rap 3 has multiple downclimbs ranging fro 5 to 12 feet each. As the downclimb section ends the floor becomes sandy just before getting to where a large side canyon (I call it Not Grotto Canyon) joins in high up on the LDC side.
  10. jNotGrotto          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.24948   W -112.94306        Elev: NaN Feet
    Side canyon (I call it Not Grotto Canyon) joins in on the LDC side from higher up the canyon wall. Down canyon of Not Grotto Canyon the floor is mostly flat and sandy with a few easy downclimbs of 5 to 8 feet each. As you walk the section of canyon below here you may notice a small arch about 50 feet up from the floor but I forget which side it is on. For more scenic value look back up canyon to see the division between the Grotto Canyon and Not Grotto Canyon which looks like a huge monolith from this angle.
  11. dGrottoR4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25112   W -112.94396        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 4 - Grotto Canyon. Anchored LDC from a small tree about 20 feet back and drops about 80 feet to more flat sandy canyon floor.
  12. Grotto06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25140   W -112.94403        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop in the canyon at the top of a slot. Bypass LDC then follow dirt slopes and a few ledges to scramble for a ways back down to the canyon floor. After the bypass is a mix of sandy walking and light scrambling over short drops.
  13. Grotto07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25329   W -112.94466        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a steeply sloped slot that can be downclimbed in 2 stages with moderately difficulty. Just after is another downclimb of about 15 feet that is more challenging and may require a partner assist for some. Optionally this drop could be rappelled but partner assisting works well. Next is flat sandy floor to walk for a little bit.
  14. Grotto08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25423   W -112.94516        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop into a slot that can be bypassed up and over LDC which turns to a fin to downclimb off of back to the canyon floor. Next is more sandy wash walking with a couple sloped sections to scramble down.
  15. dGrottoR5-6          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25574   W -112.94570        Elev: NaN Feet
    Raps 5 - 6 - Grotto Canyon. Rap 5 anchored LDC from 2 bolted hangers and drops about 75 feet over log debris in a narrow slot. If there is water in the canyon the pool below could be waist to chest deep. The first person will need to get wet but can easily use the rope to pull everyone else past the water. Rap 6 is near the bottom of rap 5, is anchored LDC from 1 piton, 1 bolted hanger and 1 climbers nut and drops about 200 feet. From the top of rap 6 are great views out to the Zion Valley. At the bottom of the rap is a 20 foot long pool in a narrow slot that can be about waist deep. The pool can be stemmed and scrambled over with some effort to avoid the water. After the pool is a short sandy spot that ends abruptly at the next rappel.
  16. dGrottoR7-8          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25606   W -112.94600        Elev: NaN Feet
    Raps 7 - 8 - Grotto Canyon. Rap 7 anchored LDC from one bolted hanger and one piton. and drops 50 feet down to a ledge. Rap 8 at the bottom of rap 7 anchored from 2 bolted hangers and drops about 220 feet down into a deep slot. At the bottom of rap 8 walk a few feet over to a ledge over looking the final drop. Note: Snotto Canyon drops down from the ledge on the LDC side here then uses the same final rappel as Grotto Canyon.
  17. dGrottoR9          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25624   W -112.94638        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 9 - Grotto Canyon. Anchored from 2 bolted hangers and drops about 260 feet over an alcove / hanging garden area with the majority of the rappel being free hanging. It is possible to get off rope about 15 feet higher on the sloped side wall of the alcove to make the rap a little shorter.
  18. yGrottoBt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25654   W -112.94629        Elev: 4,620 Feet
    Bottom of Grotto Canyon just below the final rappel. Follow northwest along one of many use trails webbing around on the LDC (west) side of the drainage. The better trails appear to be quite a ways up out of the water course. About 0.26 miles farther is a dirt road / trail running west a short distance over to the Grotto Bus Stop.
  19. wBusStpGrotto          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.25908   W -112.95121        Elev: 4,280 Feet
    The Grotto shuttle stop on the Zion - Floor of the Valley road.