Join us for a trip. Experience the water carved landscapes of Utah on a canyoneering trip through a sandstone slot canyon. Guided tours involve hiking, rappelling, down-climbing, stemming,  and in some cases wading through water.
4 hour duration.

Our trips are efficient and streamlined to maximize your time in the field. We use modern safety systems and simple instruction.

See the Canyons that we guide

Yankee Doodle Canyoneering | Dixie National Forest, Utah


Available year round seven days a week. Morning and afternoon departures. 4 hours duration. This trip takes place in multiple canyoneering routes, the location of your trip is selected with regards to starting location, season, and conditions. Contact us for more information.

We pick up for all trips. Our services are available from most Zion National Park lodging options.  We have regional meeting locations for guests staying outside of our pickup range.

Approximate start times for planning.
Start times/locations are finalized at time of reservation.
Morning | Afternoon departures.
Summer 6:30 to 7:30AM | 2 to 3PM
Spring and Fall 7 to 8AM | 1 to 2PM
Winter 8 to 10AM | 11AM to 12PM

Half day starting locations:
Springdale Accommodations
Zion National Park Campgrounds
Zion NP Eastside Lodging
Mount Carmel Junction


Dress for the season but do not wear your favorite clothing items. Knee length shorts and T-shirts are commonly used during the summer months unless extra protection is desired. Short-shorts, tank tops, and jeans are not recommended.


Lightweight hiking or approach shoes work best. Trail running, and street running shoes work fine.

Water. 1 to 2 litres/participant.
Sun protection.


All of our trips are private.
6.75% sales tax is added to all services.
Guide gratuity is not included
Contact us to place a reservation.

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We offer the most comprehensive selection of canyon routes in the area.

Guided canyoneering trips take place in slot canyons located on public lands surrounding the park.  Zion National Park prohibits commercial canyoneering trips within its boundaries and all technical canyoneering within the park must be done as a private party. It is not possible to hire a guide for canyons such as the Subway, Pine Creek, or Keyhole Canyon.  A backcountry permit is required for all zion canyoneering routes and you are also required to know what you are doing.

Zion Half Day Canyoneering Trips | Yankee Doodle
Compare our Half Day Trip

We offer multiple canyon routes within the half day trip.  Lambs Knoll, Yankee Doodle, East Quail, Lower Red Cave, Unnamed Canyon, and Diane’s aka the Huntress. Route availability is dependent on starting location and other factors. Request a specific canyon at the time of reservation or trust us to select the best options for your trip.

Are we in a group with others?

No. All of our trips are private. You will not be grouped with others.

How many rappels will we do

The number of rappels depends on which canyon your trip visits.  Some canyons are rappel heavy.  All the canyons we guide involve a healthy amount of rappelling. The main objective of a canyoneering trip is to get through a technical slot and experience canyon landscapes. A good estimate for a half day trip is 3 -5 rappels up to 120ft.  If you would like to do a rappel heavy trip you can request this at the time of reservation.  It is not uncommon for RDA trips to exceed 5 rappels at a rappel heavy area.  Overall we recommend trusting your guide and not focusing too much an rappel counts.

Will we get wet

Most of our half day trips are dry. Depending on weather there could be a choice between a wet and a dry canyon.  Trust your guide’s recommendations, they have worked in every season. We can almost always do dry trips.

Guided Trip or Instructional Course

Guided trips are fast paced. A guided trip is the best option for most Zion National Park visitors. Instructional courses are for participants that want to learn canyoneering systems for doing canyon routes on their own.

How high are the rappels

50ft to 120ft depending on route. The position of a rappel is more of a factor than height. Some canyons allow for rappel hight customization. We use a top belay system and can tandem if necessary. Most of our guests are first timers and that is the norm.