Grand Canyon National Park Canyoneering, Canyon Hikes

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Canyoneering

Canyoneering in and around the Grand Canyon offers adventure and challenges, along with the most incredible scenery, with a number of slot canyons, waterfalls and trails to explore. Read More

  • Canyoneering in and around Grand Canyon offers true adventure
  • Enjoy Class 4 scrambling at Zoroaster Temple
  • Hike and rappel in the beautiful Waterholes Canyon
  • Rappel 180 feet at Deer Creek Falls
  • Thunder River Falls is a Class 5 climb near Tapeats Creek
  • Get a canyoneering guide for the ultimate trip

Where can I go Canyoneering?

Zoroaster Temple
Description: This rock climb provides some Class 4 scrambling, taking you to an easy climb up the chimney to the summit.

  • Average Time: 3 to 4 days
  • Difficulty: 5.8 at the most difficult
  • Directions: Past Phantom Ranch at the bottom of Grand Canyon to the Clear Creek Trail, to Sumner Wash, and cross-country until you see the break in the wall.
  • Notes: Bring water.

Waterholes Canyon
Description: This area offers beautiful slot canyon with sandy washes and a deep gorge further down. West of US Highway 89, you can hike without a guide, but some sections east may only be accessed by guided tours. You can rappel in the lower canyon.

  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Average Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: 2.5
  • Directions: Find the drainage about 7 miles south of Page, Arizona and a short distance above Lees Ferry, at milepost 542 on US Highway 89.
  • Notes: This canyon is on Navajo land and you’ll need a hiking permit, which you can obtain at the Tribal Parks Office on Copper Mine Road three miles south of Page.

Indian Hollow to Jumpup Canyon and Back
Description: This multi-day adventure takes you through slot canyons, along creeks and across boulders, with amazing views of rock formations and sheer cliffs.

  • Average Time: Multi-day
  • Difficulty: varies
  • Directions: Start at the Indian Hollow trailhead, which is west of the North Rim overlook.
  • Notes: Don’t get trapped in these canyons during a storm. Ensure your trip will be during good weather.

Deer Creek Falls
Description: If you love to move off the beaten path, you will do so when you go to Deer Creek Falls. You can do some down climbing, four rappels (the longest being 180 feet) and a lot of wading.

  • Average Time: 3 to 4 days
  • Difficulty: Class C technical descent
  • Directions: Drive from Jacob Lake south on Highway 67 for about 1/4 mile, taking a right at FR 461. Follow signs to Big Springs and Thunder River. When you see a sign to turn right for Indian Hollow and Thunder River Trailhead, stay straight on FR 425, right on FR 272, right on FR 292 and drive straight on FR 292A to the Monument Point Trailhead.
  • Notes: Carry plenty of water with you for the first day of hiking.

Thunder River Falls
Description: Hike to Thunder River Falls and experience some exciting climbing. The falls gushes out of the cliff wall.

  • Average Time: 3 to 4 days
  • Difficulty: Class 5
  • Directions: Drive from Jacob Lake south on Highway 67 for about 1/4 mile, taking a right at FR 461. Follow signs to Big Springs and Thunder River. When you see a sign to turn right for Indian Hollow and Thunder River Trailhead, stay straight on FR 425, right on FR 272, right on FR 292 and drive straight on FR 292A to the Monument Point Trailhead. Descend on Bill Hall Trail to a camping area near Tapeats Creek. Nearby you’ll see the Thunder River Falls.
  • Notes: Pack some rain gear, as the weather can be changeable.

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