Slot Canyons In Zion Np

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Slot Canyons
of Zion National Park

Many of Utah's incredible winding, wind blown tunnels of sandstone are hidden in colorful East Zion. In the Mount Carmel area alone there are three majestic slot canyons to explore: Red Cave, Red Hollow and Peek-a-Boo. Spring Hollow is found in Glendale, not far from one of the entrances into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Nature's spectacular creations do not get any better than those found in Zion National Park and just east of the park. Experience Southern Utah; visit the National Parks and National Monuments, but take the time to explore the hidden slot canyons of the Southwest. While in Zion National Park be sure to see the Zion Narrows and Orderville Canyon. Both magnificent slot canyons that begin in East Zion.

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The Zion Narrows is a topic of wonder for so many of us. This trail takes you literarily wading through the Virgin River for much of the hike. This trail can be taken three ways:

(1) Hike up the canyon for a couple of miles. Here, where the walls come closer together, you will see the junction into Orderville Canyon. Hike into the narrow slot canyon and explore this gorgeous area. You will see a waterfall and a deep pool. This is as far as you are allowed to go in this direction without a permit for Orderville Canyon. When done exploring, return to the Riverside Walk Trail.

(2) Hike from Chamberlains Ranch in East Zion to the Riverside Walk. This is a 2 day hike and you will need to obtain a a backcountry permit.

(3) Hike through Orderville Canyon into the Zion Narrows. A backcountry permit is required for Orderville Canyon.

Without a doubt the slot canyons are a Southwest treasure. Millions of people will visit Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks each year, but few will venture into the narrow towering walls of the slot canyons. Many will stand at post card racks and wonder where they can see these amazing creations. Zion National Park is home to the most famous of all the slot canyons, the Zion Narrows. Inside Zion National Park there is also the Subway, Echo Canyon, Orderville Canyon and Pine Creek. The Riverside Walk is the easiest hike in Zion National Park and it leads to the trailhead for the Zion Narrows.

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Private vehicles can travel SR-9, from Zion's south entrance, out the east entrance (or visa versa) to the junction of SR-9 & US-89 year-round, 24 hours a day. See tunnel restrictions for Oversized Vehicles. In summer, the only access to the Scenic Zion Canyon Drive is via Zion's shuttle, but during the winter private vehicles can travel in the canyon. Exact dates the shuttle runs may vary

Nature Notes

Beautiful Echo Canyon is part of what is often considered to be one of the best backpacking adventures in Utah, the East Rim Trail. This spectacular hike is a 10-mile strenuous, day trip or an overnight backpack. The East Rim Trail runs alongside Echo Canyon for much of the way. During the East Rim hike you will get a look at a section of the slot. A spur, if dry, allows a bit of exploring, but you cannot hike in there without a permit. Always check weather conditions before going into a slot canyon, and remember that a storm far off can cause a flash flood in the canyon you are in.

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Zion's Canyons Zion is the hot spot for some of the best slot canyon adventures in the entire world. Canyoneering is a sport that has become popular the last several years and canyoneers flock to the park to recreate in the multitude of wet, lush canyons tightly enclosed by towering striated, sandstone walls. Echo Canyon, a slot canyon in Zion National Park, Utah Echo Canyon is one of the best and most easily accessible slot canyons of Zion National Park, joining the Virgin River a few miles south of the end of the park road at the Temple of Sinawava, just before the start of the Zion Narrows.

3.2 miles 200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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Red Hollow is a short, easy, and scenic slot canyon just outside of Zion National Park, Utah. This is a good slot canyon for beginners with easy scrambling in some places.


The trailhead is about 18 miles from the eastern entrance of Zion National Park, located in the small town of Orderville. In Orderville, the streets aren't marked too well, so follow the road that goes past the cemetery and the school, 100 East. When the road Ts, turn left. The road ends in a sandy dirt road, and you can either park near the paved road or you can drive down and park by the fence if you have a 4x4. Once you reach to fenced in water tower, head down into the wash and follow it toward the red and white cliffs. The trail is exposed to the sun in the wash, but once you get into the slot canyon it is cool and shady.

The slot canyon goes about a mile in before you have to turn around. The red walls rise up above you and the trail is fairly narrow. There are some sections in this slot canyon where you will need to climb over some boulders, but it is nothing too hard. The canyon twists and turns until it reaches a dead end and you have to head back out. Be aware that if there has been rain recently, the canyon might be filled with water. If there is water in the canyon, only enter if the level is low and you know advanced canyoneering skills such as stemming.


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Stavros Mitchelides

about 3 years ago

Super fun hike!

Did it today as I'm staying in a hotel nearby and heard about it. There are 3 difficult rope climbs that will be impassible for some people...huge boulders blocked the way up and ropes were put in to get over them. THe first is about 20' high and the second is about 3/4 that. The last rope ascends what looks like a 50' climb, I only made it half way up that last rope because I was worried about damaging my camera. Amazing hike, I'll post about it on my blog this week at!

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