Zion's Best Adventure Hikes
Permits and Special Preparation Required!!
There are three popular slot canyons in Zion that require a backcountry permit, even for one-day excursions: the Subway, The Zion Narrows (from top to bottom) and Orderville Canyon. Due to their enormous popularity in recent years, and the wear and tear that has resulted from overuse, the park service has limited access by imposing a permit system on these three drainages. If you are interested in obtaining a permit you can contact the park service………for more information on obtaining a permit.
Due to the wilderness nature of these hikes it is imperative that you understand what the risks are for each trip. These canyons require backcountry skills beyond those of the average hiker. In this case traversing narrow canyons can often involve route finding, the possibility of flash flooding, cold water and the need to have the proper equipment and clothing. Knowledge and experience are important elements in determining whether you have a safe and enjoyable trip in this unpredictable and unforgiving terrain. Your safety is your responsibility.
Certain times of the year these excursions require particular gear that can make your trip safe and enjoyable, such as drysuits, wetsuits, neoprene socks and drybags to keep equipment and clothing dry. Plan ahead for unexpected events by staying prepared.
Zion Rock and Mountain Guides are committed to your safety. We rent and sale specialized gear that meets the demands of traversing the diverse backcountry conditions encountered in Zion. We also offer instruction courses to help you gain the skills and confidence necessary to become a safe and competent backcountry traveler. We hope you will use these skills to enjoy many future trips on your own. Stop in at Zion Rock and Mountain Guides or the Zion Backcountry desk for up to date weather information and route conditions.
The Zion Narrows (from the top to bottom)
You can save yourself a three-hour roundtrip drive by making reservations with Zion Rock Shuttle to take you and your fellow adventurers to Chamberlain's Ranch to begin the hike. Call 434 772 3303 to make a reservation. Shuttles leave daily at 6:00 & 9:00 AM.
The Subway (Left Fork of North Creek)