Wading through Checkerboard Canyon

Checkerboard Canyon
Zion National Park
Technical Canyoneering

          Checkerboard Canyon is the jewel of concealed canyoneering routes. This is one of the best canyons in Zion National Park. The canyon is very charming with three upper sections of mostly dry narrows and two lower sections of narrows that require wading and swimming. The exit hike visits some of the best scenery inside Zion National Park.

Circle of Friends:
          Checkerboard Canyon is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps.  If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

In the Upper Narrows Your lovable tour guide

General Information:
I'll make this simple for you, Checkerboard is easily one of the three best technical canyons in Zion National Park. Checkerboard Canyon is rated 3B IV using the Canyon Rating System and requires complete technical gear. A GPS is extremely helpful and a good quality route description is indispensable when attempting this route. Navigation for this adventure is difficult. A Zion backcountry permit is required for this canyon. Checkerboard Canyon has a high flash flood danger, check the weather report before attempting this route.

First week of June and yes that is snow! A happy camper

Trailhead Information:
          This trailhead is accessible to all vehicles in dry weather conditions. A shuttle vehicle is required. Several local companies offer commercial shuttles for a very reasonable price.

Swimming in the Lower Narrows The Exit Rappel

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