Echo Canyon is a delightful slot canyon located right in the heart of Zion National Park. To begin the route canyoneers hike up the popular East Rim Trail then traverse over slickrock to drop down into the slot canyon. The canyon is a fun one with lots of entertaining downclimbs and short rappels. The route ends where the East Rim Trail and Echo Canyon meet. Its an odd site for East Rim hikers to see canyoneers emerge from the slot in wetsuits.
At a Glance
Never enter a semi-technical or technical canyon without the knowledge and skills needed to safely explore and return. Many technical canyons also require GPS skills or excellent map reading skills.
In the winter and spring the water in the slot canyon is ice cold. This hike is best done in the summer when the water is warm. The stream that runs through Echo Canyon may dry up in the summer leaving behind pockets of water that may stagnate. The more water that is present the harder exploration will be.
Rappelling skills are required to navigate through this slot canyon. Remember slot canyons can change dramatically in a short time due to flash floods and water levels in this canyon change. These directions are only a general reference. Be prepared for variations in the canyon.
This is a magnificent slot canyon right in the heart of Zion Canyon. Technical canyoneers will be thrilled with the narrow slot canyon, pools of cold water to swim, exciting down climbs and odd-start rappels.
Trailhead: Echo Canyon - Begin at the Weeping Rock parking lot located about midway in Zion Canyon. Hike 2 miles up the Observation Point Trail to where the trail crosses a wash. There is often water present especially in the winter and spring. This is where the slot canyon is exited. Bypass this area for a moment and continue up the Observation Point Trail to the East Rim Trail junction. Follow the East Rim Trail for about .5 miles, watching for a wash. Cross the wash and look for an area to drop into Echo Canyon. Try and drop in high up in the canyon.
Echo Canyon - The slot canyon is impressive with many high wall sections and erie lighting. There are some areas blocked by boulders that will be difficult to climb up and down. A good climber should be part of the group. Be prepared for pools of neck high cold, stagnant water and pools that must be swam and may contain debris. The rappels and downclimbs should be 20' or less. The conditions in this slot canyon change.
GPS Coordinates WGS84 Datum
Leave East Rim Trail to
enter into Echo Canyon:
GPS coordinates are only references and may or may not be accurate. Do not rely on GPS coordinates as the sole method of navigation. Always have an accurate, detailed map at hand and have the proper map reading and navigation skills before setting out on any hike. Many of the hikes listed in this guide travel into canyons where a GPS has limited capabilities. Always check your position with a detailed map before dropping into a canyon.
To post trip reports, offer corrections, updates, or for more information please visit the Zion National Park Forum
Suggested Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury.
Zion National Park, Utah
History of the Thunderbird
This is my new favorite quote:
"I don't know who Tanya Milligan is, but I mean www.zionnational-park.com
It's a better site than the NPS's anyway."
Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park