This is one of those places I’d like to explore but most likely never will. It’s the upper end of Pine Creek Canyon and is probably the most popular “technical slot” in Zion NP. This image is a view from another popular trail (The Overlook Trail) that runs along the rim of the canyon and eventually takes you to some spectacular views of the lower part of Zion.
In case you didn’t know, it’s a technical slot because it requires rappelling gear to get from one end to the other. Some of the rappels are as long as 60 feet. Since I’ve never done that, and since my wife would probably kill me if I announced that I wanted to learn how to do it, it ain’t going to happen.
For anyone who is learning, though, this is a great place to do it. The narrows that you see here are relatively short in length and it’s an easy canyon to get into.
All you have to do is park near the east end of the Zion Tunnel and then walk down a short sandy bank and under the bridge that leads into the tunnel (shown here). Soon after, hikers will reach a point where rappelling is required.
Oh, you’ll also need a permit from one of the two Visitor Centers. The permit fee depends on the size of the party.