In this week’s adventure, I got to go canyoneering at Lambs Knoll with Zion Rock and Mountain Guides. Located just outside of the Zion National Park boundaries in the Kolob Terrace section of the park is a pile of rocks that our guide affectionately called his “jungle gym”. That description wasn’t far off. It really felt like we were at a naturally occurring jungle gym designed for both kids and adults alike. Here are a few reasons I would recommend you check out Lambs Knoll with Zion Rock and Mountain Guides.
Low Intensity, High Thrill
Some outdoor adventures require pretty high physical stamina and, frankly, will just kick your butt if you aren’t in great shape. Now, I’m not saying that canyoneering at Lambs Knoll is so easy you won’t break a sweat. You will have to work a little for it, but this is an adventure your average, everyday person can physically do. The hiking is minimal, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get your heart racing. There are series of 60- to 70-foot rappels you will drop through to reach the end of the slot canyon. Orange and red sandstone will swallow you into a completely new world that you won’t want to leave.
The views in the canyon are awesome and will make an imprint on your mind for years to come. The final section is a tight squeeze as the slot canyon gets so thin I had to take off my pack and I could still feel the walls touching my chest and back. The canyon isn’t the only awesome site, though. As you make your way up to the entry point, you get an insanely cool view of the mid section to Zion that most people never see! It may just be an added perk, but it’s a pretty cool one.
Highly Skilled Guides
Most of the guides and outfitters in Springdale are skilled at their art, but the big thing that stood out for me while being guided by Zion Rock was the passion they had for the sport of canyoneering! It was easy to see how much they loved to rappel down these slot canyons, and their enthusiasm was contagious—that’s exactly what you want from these experiences. My companion for the day was really nervous when it came to heights and blindly walking off a cliff edge was a pretty tall order for him, but the guide was so good at putting his fears at ease and making him comfortable. It was scary for him, but thanks to our awesome guide, he had a blast. Talk about quality service!
More Than Just Canyoneering
As I’ve mentioned, the hiking and views are a worthwhile activity out here all on their own, but there’s more than that. There is a crazy amount of bolted sport and top rope routes just waiting for you to climb them! The difficulty spectrum covers beginners who are new to the sport to some tough 5.12s and 5.13s that will challenge you veterans. If you are lacking the gear, know-how, or both, it’s worth noting that Zion Rock and Mountain Guides also offer climbing packages where they take you out and teach you everything you need to know to get climbing.
When you travel to a new place, it’s cool to see their biggest attractions like Zion National Park, but you would be missing out on so much if that’s all you did. Trust me when I say that canyoneering is really doable for 90% of the people that come to Zion to hike, and it will blow your socks off.
Written by: Mike Carr – Online Marketing Mike is all things digital for the Tourism Office’s marketing. So if you have a question about the website look to him. When you don’t find him at his computer you’ll most likely find him on his bike or hiking up a trail in Zion.