"Eye of the Needle"
Zion National Park
Oak Creek is a
unique and charming wet technical slot canyon. The canyon is located just outside the
boundaries of Zion National Park, which eliminates the bureaucratic hassles associated
with neighboring canyons. This canyon is spring fed and provides a special treat to
Colorado Plateau canyoneers in the form of flowing water. The stream flow is usually mild
and provides a good introduction into wet canyons.
Oak Creek is a sparkling and thrilling slot canyon that is certainly worth the effort to
visit. This canyon offers several route options that allows the canyon to be experienced
in a single day or extended into a phenomenal two day adventure.
in viewing a short video clip of the South Fork of Oak Creek "Eye of the
of the Needle Video*
There are currently private property access issues associated with
descending Oak Creek. We will do our best to keep members of the Circle of Friends current
with regards to access.
Circle of Friends:
of the Needle 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"
Eye of the Needle is a
spectacular canyoneering adventure requiring complete technical gear. A
GPS is useful. Good map reading skills are essential. Navigation for this route is
moderate. Eye of the Needle is rated
3C IV using the Canyon Rating System. A Zion Backcountry permit is not required for
Any vehicle can easily
reach the trailhead in dry conditions.
Options for a scenic two day technical backpacking route are available to members of the
Circle of Friends. The optional route is an excellent exit and I highly recommend using it at
least once in your lifetime. If using the Optional Exit a Zion backcountry permit must be
Kolob Canyon Disaster - The complete story of the local boy
scout trooped trapped in Kolob Canyon during high water.