A canyoneering tour is a great activity for your family on their Zion vacation. The Zion National Park and Southern Utah areas host some of the highest concentration of slot-canyons in the world!

These beautifully diverse canyons makes for great photos and even better memories. Canyoneering is a great Zion activity for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities.

Our patient and professionally trained guides have extensive experience working with families and will lead you through a safe and fun adventure. Canyoneering helps kids gain self confidence and allows families to challenge themselves in a supportive environment.

Our guides have worked in middle schools, at-risk youth programs, coached athletics, and some of us have children of our own. We really enjoy exposing children to unique and fun outdoor experiences that can be powerfully impacting.

No previous experience is required, and we will provide all necessary technical gear and equipment. The youngest age we can guide is 6 years old. All trips are private, and we will not combine you with people you do not know.

General Questions

Where do the trips meet at?

Unless other arrangements are made prior, all trips meet at our shop which is located at 868 Zion Park Blvd, in the center of the town of Springdale. Secure parking is available.

How do I book a trip?

The majority of our trips can be book directly through our website.  We can also make a booking over the phone at (435) 633-1783 if you need assistance or online booking isn’t available.

Should I tip my guide?

We are often asked whether it is appropriate to tip your guide and what a reasonable amount might be. If you feel your guide has provided an exceptional trip experience, gratuities are encouraged—and welcomed—at the end of the trip. The amount is at your discretion, but a sum of about 10 % of your trip price can be considered a general tipping standard.


Do I need any prior rappelling or climbing experience for this trip?

No prior experience is needed for our canyoneering trips.  The majority of our clients are beginners and we have a lot of experience guiding individuals of varying skill and ability.

What Gear does ZMS provide?

ZMS will provide all necessary technical rappelling gear, backpacks, drybags and wetsuits (if needed), sticky rubber canyoneering shoes, and transportation to the canyon.

Will we be getting wet?

The amount of water in the canyon’s vary with the season.  Our half day canyoneering trips are typically dry  but may have some wading after a heavy rain.  Our full day canyoneering trips often have water but dry options are available upon request.

Are these trips in Zion National Park?

No. Zion National Park does not allow commercial guiding inside of the park.  We run all of our guided canyoneering and rockclimbing trips on nearby wilderness, BLM, Forest Service, and state park lands. These are often less traveled areas that are very similar to the national park in their geology and geography.

What gear do I need to bring?

You will need to wear comfortable clothing you can be active in, synthetic fabrics are preferred. Also you will need to bring your own food and water. 1-2 quarts is suitable for our half day trips and 2-3 quarts for a full day depending on the season.  Also personal items such as cameras, sunscreen, chapstick, and hat are recommended.

What is the age range suitable for this trip?

We can accommodate kids as young as 6 and have taken adults as old as 80.  Half-day trips may be more suitable for younger kids or those not accustomed to the heat of the summer.


A Medical Waiver and Participant Agreement needs to be filled out for all individuals on the trip. Minors need a parent or legal guardians signature on both forms. Please print double sided to help us cut down on paper use.

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Price Per Person Half Day

1 $200.00
2 $130.00
3 $120.00
4 $110.00
5 $105.00
6 $100.00
7 $95.00
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Price Per Person Full Day

1 $290.00
2 $175.00
3 $155.00
4 $145.00
5 $135.00
6 $125.00
7 $115.00
8+ Call for Group Rates

7.55% sales tax added at checkout

Cancellation policy:

Unless arrangements are made, payments are due in full at the time you book your trip. Zion Mountain School does everything in their power to ensure trips run as planned. If for any reason Zion Mountain School cannot run a trip as scheduled, we will offer a full refund or reschedule your planned event.

If you need to cancel your trip more than 30 days out, Zion Mountain School offers a full refund minus a 10% administrative fee. Once within the 30 day window, but more than 48 hours before the trip, Zion Mountain School will refund 75% of the trip cost. The remaining 25% can be used as credit for future trips with ZMS. This credit is valid for two years. Non-emergency cancellations less than 48 hours of your trip, are non-refundable.

Zion Mountain School strongly recommends Trip Cancellation Insurance to protect your vacation investment. This insurance not only protects your ZMS trip, but also other aspects of you vacation like airfare, hotels, tours, and rentals. We recommend Travel Guard for inexpensive yet comprehensive trip insurance plans.