Yankee Doodle Canyon is one dandy adventure

Tom’s Experience canyoneering through Yankee Doodle Canyon:

This canyon is a really fun, short and sweet, canyoneering adventure. No permits are required and no shuttle is needed either. The first rappel is just 170 feet from the parking area.  The parking is limited and is just off to the side of the road.

St. George Canyoneering Yankee Doodle Canyon

The first rappel can be done as a free rappel and we left our rope here in the anchors, and then took a much smaller rope the rest of the way with us.

Chimneying in Yankee Doodle Canyon

There were a number of down-climbs/rappels that were very short. Once or twice we set up a rope just to be safe but most of the time we ended up down climbing.

Climbing Through Yankee Doodle Canyon

When we went over Labor Day there was a lot of water in the canyon and it was fun to try to avoid it by chimneying. We made a bet that whoever got wet first had to bake cookies for the rest of the group in our party. At one point we needed to get in up to our chests.

Canyoneering Yankee Doodle Canyon

To get out of the canyon there is a nearly vertical hike/climb back up towards the dirt road and then a very short hike back along the road towards the car. We just picked up our rope and then left.

Southern Utah Canyoneering Yankee Doodle Canyon

I liked that this hike really had everything you could want in a canyoneering trip, a free rappel, water to try and avoid and no car shuttle. Yankee Doodle Canyon sure is a dandy for a Slot Canyon St George. Dogs are allowed if they enjoy rappelling.

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Trail info: If you are heading North on I15 from St. George, take exit 22 off of I15 for the town of Leeds. Follow the road north through Leeds 1.6 miles, then turn left and drive under the freeway onto Silver Reef Road. If you are coming South from Cedar City take exit 23 and then turn right off of the exit onto Silver Reef Road. Stay on this road and it will eventually turn into a dirt road. After 3 miles from the freeway exit, the road will fork, take the left fork and go up the hill. It is then about 5.5 miles from the fork to the parking. The parking is not marked but there is room for 3 or 4 cars off to the right of the road. The trail starts to the left of the road and there are a few cairns to mark the way. The first rappel as well as many others are bolted.

GPS Parking Coordinates: 37°14.205 N 113°27.233 W

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Hike the amazing Orderville Canyon of Zion National Park

Tom’s Experience canyoneering in Orderville Canyon:

We decided to hike down through Orderville Canyon from the exit of Englestead Hollow. Orderville Canyon is a pretty mild but very beautiful hike through a sand stone canyon. To hike Orderville Canyon, you must have a permit through Zion National Park.

Orderville Canyon

There are a few waterfalls that you have to climb down and there is always water in the canyon but there was nothing too technical.

Zion National Park Orderville Canyon

We wore wetsuits and while they probably aren’t necessary they were very nice to have. We also had some webbing that helped us with the down climbing sections but probably wasn’t necessary.

Utah Slot Canyons Orderville Canyon

There really isn’t any way to get lost once you are in Orderville Canyon because the canyon walls keep you going the way you need to go. There were a few people hiking up the canyon from the Narrows when we were there but not too many.

Zion Slot Canyons Orderville Canyon

Orderville Canyon empties into the Narrows for the last mile or so of the hike.

Canyoneering Orderville Canyon

Dogs are not allowed in the Zion National Park backcountry.

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Trail-head Info: This will require a shuttle and a wet-suit is recommended because you will be getting wet. There are a few technical down-climb sections so you may need to bring a little bit of rope if you are not able to climb down. To get to the trail-head you need to exit out of Zions National Park by the East entrance. Drive about 2 miles on highway 9 until you reach the North Fork road, there is a sign showing you the turnoff. Stay on this road for 11.4 miles until you reach the trail-head. The trail-head will be on the left side of the road. The trail is 11 miles from this parking lot to the Temple of Sinawava.


Englestead Trailhead – 37.300937,-112.892093

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