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Keyhole Canyon and Orderville Canyon in Zion
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Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Zion canyoneering, Keyhole and Orderville, April 2014 on 04/17/2014 11:15:51 MDT Print View

Craig and I recently did some really fun canyoneering in Zion. We were meeting there for the annual BPL ultra run, but our running was not up to par for this one, so we needed something else to

Phone pics kind of suck. Many opportunities were missed due to phone snuggled up in ziplocs for the swims and waterfall jumps.










Orderville Canyon




Edited by Lopez on 04/17/2014 11:24:36 MDT.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Keyhole Canyon and Orderville Canyon in Zion on 04/17/2014 11:33:22 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing. You managed some pretty nice pics anyway. Zion is such a interesting place.

David T
(DaveT) - F
zion canyons. on 04/17/2014 12:03:04 MDT Print View

Full awesome. I did my first bit of intro canyoneering in Utah a couple years ago, and I think I was smiling the whole time (even when swimming for 300' in cold water). I sure wish we had more slot canyons in California! Thanks for sharing!

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: zion canyons. on 04/17/2014 14:18:54 MDT Print View

I've got some good pics to add to this, I'll try and get them up later.

While these were pretty straightforward/simple canyons, I'm super interested in more canyoneering-oriented adventures, more technical stuff. It's a great mix of hiking and climbing and getting down and dirty.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Zion Canyons. on 04/17/2014 21:24:52 MDT Print View

Here are more pics and a brief writeup of my own;

Sweeping the Garden: Zion Canyons.


No offense to the runners on this trip, but I was pretty happy to be exploring these canyons instead. I smell a new habit.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Zion Canyons. on 04/17/2014 22:31:07 MDT Print View

Nice. Put mystery and spry on the list next.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Zion Canyons. on 04/17/2014 22:56:04 MDT Print View

Mystery is definitely on the list though I don't know how easy it is to get a permit in June.

So far I'm also looking at
A. linking Birch Hollow with Orderville
B. Pine Creek
C. Heaps sounds wild but is probably above my experience level unless I went with someone who's already done it. Though I've read up on it, I have no experience escaping water filled potholes.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Re: Re: Zion Canyons. on 04/18/2014 07:28:02 MDT Print View

The canyon permit deal has gotten a bit ridiculous. I've had luck in the last year using the week-in-advance lottery. Birch is a very nice canyon.

Heaps is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been, the lower narrows especially. Potholes are certainly a concern, but running the ropes for the last rap sequence seems to get more people in trouble. The final perch is EXPOSED.

Once you get in Escalante and the Roost your mind will truly be blown.

Edited by DaveC on 04/18/2014 07:28:51 MDT.

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Re: Re: Re: Zion Canyons. on 04/18/2014 08:00:09 MDT Print View

Nice pics guys. Sounds like you had a blast.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Zion Canyons. on 04/18/2014 10:33:25 MDT Print View

Nice report and pics Adan (you too Craig, just read the report on your blog).

And no offense taken regarding doing this instead of the run. I had to admit I was a bit jealous of you guys!

Owen McMurrey
(OwenM) - F

Locale: SE US
Re: Zion canyoneering, Keyhole and Orderville, April 2014 on 04/19/2014 07:26:31 MDT Print View

Sweet. Slot canyons are a thing of beauty.
Helmets wouldn't be a bad idea!

The shutdown last fall interfered with my being able to buy plane tickets ahead of time, so canceled my trip that included doing 5 canyons with a small group, but I can't wait to do Orderville top-down(maybe Birch Hollow with it), and either get with another group or do a couple of easy canyons solo.
For canyoneering stuff, check out's forums if you aren't already a member there.

Edited by OwenM on 04/19/2014 07:27:09 MDT.