Canyoneering is an outdoor activity that combines route finding, rappelling, problem solving, swimming, and hiking. Zion National Park has become one of the premier places in the country to participate in this exciting activity.

A Wilderness Permit is required for all technical canyoneering trips. With dozens of different canyons to explore, some barely wide enough for a human to squeeze through, the park offers opportunities that range from trips for beginners to experiences requiring advanced technical skills.

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Canyoneering Regulations

Following the rules and regulations while canyoneering helps protect the canyons and the canyoneers.

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Canyoneering Safety

Canyoneering can be a dangerous activity, and safety is your own responsibility. Learn how to prepare for a safe trip.

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How to Make a Canyoneering Reservation

The Subway, the Narrows top-down, and all technical canyoneering trips in Zion require permits. Learn about reservations and permits here.

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The Subway

All trips into the Left Fork of North Creek (the Subway) require canyoneering permits. Learn about the Subway here.

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The Narrows

Top-down day hikes through the Virgin River Narrows require a canyoneering permit. Overnight trips require a backpacking permit.

A short trip into the lower end of The Narrows above the Temple of Sinawava is an outstanding way to receive an introduction to the slot canyons of the park without ropes or other special equipment. For those with expertise and experience, The Subway and Orderville Canyon offer opportunities for route finding, swimming, and short rappels.

Over 124,400 acres of Zion are designated wilderness. Please help preserve and protect these beautiful areas for future generations by practicing your leave no trace principles and following park regulations. For more information, visit
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Make sure you are familiar with the Canyoneering Regulations.
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Canyoneers may need to utilize the Wilderness Transportation options.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

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