Canyoneering Boundary Canyon, Zion

West Rim Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Travis Poulson

Are you a canyoneer with a free day in Zion? Boundary Canyon is what you’re looking for. No permit yet no crowds - that’s hard to do in this area. Easily one of the best canyons in Zion.

Disclaimer: Canyoneering is a dangerous and technical activity. Don’t enter any canyon without the skills to match it, or the knowledge to navigate it.

Your Boundary Canyon adventure starts at the West Rim Trailhead with a pleasant stroll down an old logging road. Dodge fallen trees and enjoy a lush, high alpine forest, not typical of Zion hiking.

After a couple miles, the canyon drops in spectacular fashion.

Gear up and rappel into the chasm, starting with a 100 foot, multi-tiered drop. Enjoy the next third of a mile where you’ll rappel 11 more times, from natural and bolted anchors. The longest rappel is 110 feet. You would be hard-pressed to find a more fun section of canyoneering within such a short distance. 

Water may be flowing, (typically in the spring and early summer) adding to the rugged beauty of the canyon and spicing up the adventure. You will want wet suits if water is flowing!

The last rappel will drop you into a green oasis where you’ll bolder hop a half mile to the confluence with Kolob Canyon. Hang a right and march down canyon. This section of Kolob Canyon is incredible! It’s one of my favorite places in Zion and contains some of the best narrows.

You’ll probably have the canyon to yourself, and there’s a reason for it. The exit. A two hour, two-thousand-foot scramble will take you to the top of the MIA trail and another hour will return you to your vehicle. It’s painful, but worth it.

So, so very worth it. The entire adventure will take 6-10 hours. 

Distance

8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2000 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Rock Climbing, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking
Groups
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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