Key Hole Canyon

Location: Zions National Park
Rating: Intermediate 3B II
Length: 2-4 hours
Longest Rappel: 30ft (9m)
Start: 1.9 miles East of second tunnel on Hwy 9
End: Loop
Permits: Required
Wet Suit: Not needed. Recommended in cold weather.

** 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: Super short canyon. This canyon is always a great day adventure when you add Key Hole with Spry or Pine Creek. A good introduction into canyoneering. Gives you a good peak at what canyoneering can turn into.


Travel east on hwy 9 from Zion Visitor Center 1.9 miles past the second tunnel. Park here. From Hwy 9 walk east along the road to a wash. You will notice a path along the wash. Head up the slick rock. Drop into the canyon once you reach the top.


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