Imlay Canyon

Location: Zions National Park
Rating: Advanced 4B V R
Length: 12-16 hours
Longest Rappel: 175ft (54m)
Start: West Rim trailhead
End: Temple of Sinawava
Permits: Required
Wet Suit: Required or Dry Suits!
Shuttle: Yes

** Permits can be obtained from Zion National park through an online lottery system. The lottery is 2 days, 7 days or 3 months in advance. Mystery and Subway are the only canyons with a lottery 3 months in advance. Click here for site lottery.

Overview: Do not attempt unless you are thoroughly prepared. Imlay, like Heaps Canyon, is the other extemely difficult canyon in Zions. Bring someone who has done it before if possible. Each person needs to be fit, have climbing skills, and understands the risks. Attempt a few "not so risky" canyons first like Das Boot to prepare.


1. From Virgin, Utah drive North on Kolob Reservoir Road toward Lava Point. Exit Lava point and follow signs to West Rim trailhead. or
2. Take Zion shuttle to Grotto shuttle stop. Head up the West rim trail. This rout will have a heavy climb on an already extremely difficult canyon. Plan for two full days with this rout, (and a lot of extra gear).

The Canyon Begins form Potato Hollow where you will find a small camp site. Follow the outlet of the small pond to the mouth of the canyon.


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