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.
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.
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.
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.
Orderville Canyon empties into the Narrows for the last mile or so of the hike.
Dogs are not allowed in the Zion National Park backcountry.
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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