Circle of Friends:
Zion National Park
Canyon is a difficult, dangerous, physically demanding and technically challenging
adventure. The beauty of this canyon is unsurpassed; the narrows are extremely long,
spectacular and unrelenting.
Canyon offers its charm at a high price. The route is difficult and should be considered
for advanced and highly skilled canyoneers only. Descent requires icy cold swimming
and numerous rappels, including a breath-taking 285-foot, free air finale.
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
"Circle of Friends"
member of your group must be a skilled canyoneer. This canyon has proven
deadly to those that make a mistake. This canyon is not suitable for
novice or intermediate canyoneers, even with competent leadership.
Canyon is rated 4B R V using the Canyon Rating System. This canyon has an extreme flash flood danger, check the local
weather report before entering this canyon.
Heaps Canyon is a technical
canyoneering adventure which usually requires two full days to complete. I strongly
suggest not attempting this route in a single day unless you have completed it before.
This route requires complete technical gear.
Heaps Canyon has two major entrance routes and both a detailed in
the Circle of Friends route description. Full wetsuits are required. A GPS is useful
and good map reading skills essential.
Several different trailheads
exist for Heaps Canyon. Any vehicle can easily
reach any of the Heaps Canyon trailheads in dry conditions.
A Zion backcountry
permit is required to descend this canyon.
A short video of a trip through Heaps Canyon in Zion National Park. Video