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. Experience Southern Utah; visit the National Parks and National Monuments, but take the time to explore the hidden slot canyons of the Southwest. Slot Canyons of Zion National Park. Some of the slot canyons in the Lake Powell region are best explored by boat. In the Mount Carmel area alone there are three majestic slot canyons to explore: Be sure and revisit visitsouthernutah.
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:. 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.
This is a 2 day hike and you will need to obtain a a backcountry permit. A backcountry permit is required for Orderville Canyon. 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.
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 mile strenuous, day trip or an overnight backpack. 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. When can I go? Though this slot canyon ranks as the easiest to traverse within Zion National Park, it is 16 miles long and requires 13 hours to traverse.
It includes slippery rocks, river hiking, and some swimming. Another famous slot canyon within the park is The Subway. Though it requires only 8 hours to traverse and is a shorter length at only 11 miles, it is more difficult. Hikers attempting this slot canyon must be adept at rappelling and down climbing, in addition to the regular river hiking and swimming.
In addition to the numberless slot canyons within the boundaries of the park, there are a variety of breathtaking canyons located just outside the park. For these canyons, hikers may opt to hire a guide for a jeep tour—an interesting and exciting way to explore these twisting canyons.
Zion National Park is open year-round, though admittance to certain areas is dependent on weather conditions. The Escalante River region within Kane County also contains countless slot canyons. Davis Gulch is quite spectacular and includes tortuous, narrow paths that are perfect for exploration.
To access this Gulch requires a mile drive along Hole-in-the Rock Road. In Llewellyn Gulch, hikers experience magnificent scenery as they begin at a sandy wash at the base of foot cliffs, which soon deepens. Later in the hike, for approximately a mile, the gulch is very narrow, and its walls are a breathtaking canvas of light red and orange.