Canyoneering is a thrilling sport that has been rapidly gaining awareness and momentum, and steadily increasing in popularity over the last few years.


Also called Canyoning, as well as Abseiling, Canyoneering is a multi-part activity which may include rappelling; boulder-hopping; down-climbing; stemming and other sport-specific techniques; wading or even swimming; and of course, hiking.


Rappelling, which is basically descending via technical systems and ropes, is a major element in the adventure experience; but canyoneering, by definition, is entering into, exploring, and following the incredible natural indentation areas called slot canyons, which have literally been carved dramatically through sandstone by water, wind and time. As slot canyons are prevalent in the desert Southwest, including the popular Zion National Park and Lake Powell areas, canyoneering is steadily becoming a planned for, “must-do” activity for destination tourists and nature enthusiasts.

“We booked a canyoneering trip in Zion, UT with high expectations and those expectations were blown away!” Trip Advisor Review from Mike | Los Angeles, CA

Although Zion National Park does not currently allow guided technical tours through canyons officially within Park Service boundaries, at Rock Odysseys, beginners—anywhere from ages 3 and up—are guided and instructed through beautiful bordering slot canyons.

Many guests declare their canyoneering adventure with their professional guide to be one of the best parts of their vacations, as it truly is for many people and opportunity of a lifetime and an unforgettably awesome experience.

“Definitely one of the highlights of our holiday to the U.S.” Debs | United Kingdom

Rock Odysseys offers half day canyoneering trips, departing morning or afternoon, or full day options for small private groups, families, opt-in individuals, and large event participants.

Our guides our particularly adept at children youth instruction, and Rock Odysseys is the only guiding service in the Zion area to offer an official canyoneering and rock climbing youth program, the Rock Hoppers.

Planning a Utah Vacation and wondering what places to see in and around Zion National Park? One of the best ways to see the stunning Zion area is to hire a professional guide, strap on a backpack, and find yourself off the beaten trails. We specialize in Big Adventure Rock Trips, Guided Slot Canyon & Rappelling Trips and Backpacking Tours near Zion National Park, including Climbing, Canyoneering & Combination Trips (a little of everything). Find out more