When my friends offered to go with them at the Zion National park, I had no idea of what was awaiting me there. I thought it was just a hiking trip. But I ended with my mind blowed away …
After a 4h30 drive from Salt Lake City, we arrived at the Visitor Center where you need to pick up your permit. The Zion National Park is a very popular place, and in order to enter the park you need to participate in a lottery. Only a certain amount of people can get his permit per day.
Once you have it, you can drive around the park for a hour or so to get to the trail hail. park your car. then hike a little bit to the narrows. be prepared! this is magical, it’s a fantasy world like you can at the movie theaters. the walls, just the way they look. it is beautiful and it’s clearly an once in a lifetime adventure.
You will spend approximately 8 hours inside this canyon, and count a hour to the park.
Here are my tips to climb inside the narrows:
1- There is three technical type of climbing you can use:
2- I never took my dog Dadgit there, but if you have a little 4-legs adventurer companion, then I would recommend to mix the two last techniques after putting him on your lap.
3- To go to Angels landing you have to take another entrance, the road is at the end to the hike inside the narrows, it’s 1h45 minutes from here.
4- The canyons are really huge, I would say approximately 25 feet wide and 50 feet tall. here you just hike.
5- Do not go if you are not prepared. “sadly” I have seen too many tourists go there thinking it was a regular hiking trip, it is not. some of the narrows are really dangerous. and at some point it goes from easy canyoneering to an amateur/expert level. You need to be in good shape, this is not for anyone. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to scare you away -I love Oderville canyon!, but if you don’t want to die please do your research first 😉
6- Some of the death narrows I was telling you about: Scorpion West (57 feet), King Mesa slots. There you can only climb with no robs. If you fall, it broken bones for dinner. I never went there .. Yet! The problem is not that I am afraid but to find the persons to go with me! (Anyone?)
7- I personally took a canyoneering class before. Know your limits. You know what you can and cannot do. Being adventurous is not about being reckless but pushing yourself further. It takes time and experience.
8- Go camp away from the park because there is a lot of tourists and the infrastructures inside are rather expensive and full most of the time.
BONUS : Spring Creek is a walk through an outdoor trail, it’s outside the boundaries of the park but still in Zion. And they allow dogs here!