Southern Utah is home to a bottomless treasure chest of natural wonders. Mountains, canyons, unique geologic wonders, and vast plateaus provide the perfect backdrop for the adventures that await you around every corner. Exploring Orderville Canyon in Zion National Park is one of these breathtaking experiences that make our area one of the most incredible places in the country. Wind your way through these tight corridors, swim near small waterfalls, and traverse gigantic boulders as you experience the journey of a lifetime. For more adventures like this, check out our free Vacation Guide!
Your Guide to Exploring Orderville Canyon in Zion National Park
What is Orderville Canyon?
Orderville Canyon is a part of The Narrows—a network of mind-boggling canyons weaving through the center of Zion National Park. The mix of waterfalls, smooth walls, and giant boulders give these tight passageways an other-worldly feel. Start your 11-mile journey at the Orderville Canyon Trailhead, where you’ll hike through a beautiful slot canyon until you reach the main entrance to the canyon.
Once you reach the starting point, there are several miles of relatively easy hiking before you get to a massive, 15-foot tall boulder. This is just inside of the Zion National Park boundary. Orderville Canyon becomes more narrow after this, and you’ll experience water and boulder obstacles until you reach the end, signified by a waterfall. After enjoying this oasis, hike through the rest of The Narrows until you reach the Temple of Sinawava, where the Zion Shuttle will pick you up.
How Can I Visit the Canyon?
Exploring Orderville Canyon in Zion National Park may not sound incredibly difficult, but it’s not for inexperienced hikers. You need a permit from the national park to venture into the canyons, and even then, you should have at least basic canyoneering experience. There are a handful of tour companies that provide training and guided trips through Zion, which may be the best way to see most of these hard-to-reach areas.
Warning: While it’s not required, we do not recommend hiking Orderville Canyon in Zion National Park with canyoneering experience or proper gear, as many of the technical challenges in the canyon are daunting for beginners. Never venture into this area before, during, or after heavy rain, as flash flooding typically occurs in the canyon. Make sure to apply for your permit early.
Tips and Packing Lists for Your Adventure
It’s incredibly important that you pack smart while preparing for your hike through Orderville Canyon in Zion National Park. The right equipment can make all the difference in a fun and safe journey.
- Close-toed footwear
- Dry bags
- Rappelling gear
- Webbing (for building anchors)
- Ropes and rope bags
- Water and snacks
- First aid kit
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Book your stay at one of our rentals today and get ready to experience one of the most incredible areas in the country. We look forward to welcoming you to Southern Utah!