Spry Canyon, Zion National Park

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Spry Canyon

With so many rappels and technical down-climbs, Spry Canyon offers a challenging route to intermediate canyoneers, presenting some fun and awkward terrain to tackle among the narrow walls, cold pools and beautiful rock formations. Read More

  • Spry Canyon is quickly gaining a reputation as a great alternative to the more popular canyons.
  • Easily completed in one day, Spry Canyon is a manageable length for most visitors to tackle.
  • The route is best suited for the intermediate to advanced level canyoneer.
  • Of the 13 rappels, the longest is 165 feet.


With 13 rappels and plenty of down-climbing, Spry Canyon has a great selection of challenges for the average canyoneer. Some of the rappels benefit from technically advanced skills, such as guided or assisted rappels. However, these are not necessary to complete the canyon.

There are plenty of slabs that need to be down climbed, so be sure to come prepared.  Additionally, make sure to bring water for the initial portion of the trip. Most pools should be easy to wade, and wetsuits aren't necessary, which thankfully lightens the necessary gear.

The hike in from Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is a quick one, passing through sandy washes and desert vegetation before dropping into the watercourse. There is a split in the trail, with the right-hand trail leading to Lodge Canyon and the left-hand trail dropping directly into Spry Canyon. Be sure to follow the correct trail.

Canyon Specifics

  • Route distance: 4 miles
  • Average time: 4-7 hours
  • Canyon rating: 3B III (Canyon Rating System)
  • Best time to go: Mid-summer heat makes spring and fall ideal times to explore Spry Canyon
  • Route beginning: Canyon Overlook Lot
  • Route end: Pine Creek Bridge
  • Elevation gain: 820 feet
  • Number of rappels: 13


For access to Spry Canyon, Zion requires a backcountry permit, so be sure to make a reservation online at http://zionpermits.nps.gov/ or call (435) 772-0170 for more information.