a canyon in Zion National Park

How to Make the Most of a Trip to Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park

Family Time Vacation Rentals | 06.07.19

You’ll find exciting places to see and things to do around every corner in Southern Utah. From geologic wonders to scenic vistas, there are endless ways to explore the mind-boggling landscapes dotting the region. One of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the area is Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park. This series of steep walls, winding crevices, and daring obstacles makes for a wild and wonderful journey that you will never forget. For more incredible activities and attractions around Southern Utah, request our free Vacation Guide!

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Your Guide to Exploring Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park

What is Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park?

Mystery Canyon is one of the most breathtaking and odd geological formations in all of Southern Utah. This labyrinth of twisting and turning passageways through the heart of Zion National Park and leads to one of the most famous areas of any national park in the country—The Narrows. The route through Mystery Canyon in National Park contains landslide and rockfall obstacles and several big-wall rappels. The final hurdle before making the 90-degree turn into The Narrows is a rappel down, Mystery Falls.

How Can I Visit the Canyon?

Exploring Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park requires special permits. The only way to trek through the canyon is by canyoneering. There are several tour companies in the area that offer training and tours that teach you the necessary swimming, hiking, climbing, and problem-solving skills needed for canyoneering. Check out our guide to this fun and exciting activity in Southern Utah for more details.

Warning: If you don’t have canyoneering experience or do not have a permit, you can not explore Mystery Canyon. While it is full of breathtaking sights, flash flooding, small landslides, and loose terrain can make a journey very dangerous. Make sure you apply early for a permit as there are only 12 spots open every day and Zion National Park holds a lottery for them four months in advance.

Tips and Packing Lists for Your Adventure

It’s crucial that you pack smart when preparing for your canyoneering excursion through Zion National Park’s Mystery Canyon. Make sure you have all of this equipment to ensure a safe and fun experience.

  • Backpack, rope bags, and dry bags
  • Ropes and harness
  • Descenders
  • Webbing (for building anchors)
  • Carabiners
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof jacket, pants, and socks
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • First aid kit

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If you want to be close to all of the action in our beautiful region, you need to book a property through Family Time Vacation Rentals. We offer a fantastic array of homes and condos in Brian Head, Duck Creek Village, and several other towns. These are perfect home bases for taking a day trip to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Before you go, plan out what you want to do once you arrive. Whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing, or canyoneering, you’ll never run out of things to do here.

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