This handout is for visitors with a permit to do the Keyhole technical slot canyon. This information helps prevent erosion at the entrance slope when accessing the canyon. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Zion National Park
Springdale, UT 84767
435 772-3256 phone
435 772-3426 fax
Access trails into Keyhole Canyon have become extremely eroded. During the fall of 2005, the National Park Service
worked with the Zion Canyoneering Coalition to move the Keyhole access trail to erosion resistant slick rock.
Historically, there have been two access routes into Keyhole Canyon. The middle access traverses a saddle and drops
into the canyon. Once in the bottom of the canyon, canyoneers immediately rappel off a large ponderosa pine.
Because of severe erosion, do not use the middle access route.
The upper access traverses a slickrock saddle and enters Keyhole Canyon a short distance upstream from the middle
access point. Ten minutes and 100 yards of non-technical canyoneering downstream is the first rappel off of the
Prevent erosion! Use the upper access route, and stay on the slick rock.
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