WHAT IS CANYONEERING?
A. CANYONEERING IS THE EXPLORATION OF A CANYON from point A to point B using a range of techniques that may involve hiking, rappelling, scrambling, route finding, and swimming. Canyoneering allows you to see much more remote and secluded landscapes than you could by simply hiking. Canyoneering is the intimate exploration of a forgotten Earth. It is an exhilarating adventure and crazy-fun.
Zion National Park is considered a Mecca for canyoneering with several world-famous canyons like the Subway, as well as countless obscure and remote canyons to explore in the surrounding area. The park and surrounding area offers dozens of canyons to explore, suitable for both beginners and experts. Some of the canyons here are considered world-class. Canyoneers from all over come to experience the magic of these special descents at Zion.
WHAT IF I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE CANYONEERING? CAN I STILL DO IT?
A. YES. If you have limited experience, the best method is to go with a professional guide service. Perhaps the best guide service is the Zion Adventure Company* (see zionadventures.com). Simply contact this company and arrange for them to take you on a canyoneering trip. They will discuss your abilities and adventure level to tailor a canyoneering trip that is mild, medium, or wild. I recommend the Zion Adventure Company as I have personally used their guide service and found them to be knowledgeable, safe, and fun.
Although most people who visit Zion do not go canyoneering, I would recommend it. It is a way to get off the beaten path and do an adventure that will create vivid, lasting memories. And the scenery in most of these canyons is spectacular—you will witness otherworldly sights that 99% of visitors to Zion do not get the opportunity to see. Most of the slot canyons feature beautifully sculpted walls, and sometimes spectacular waterfalls.