Subway Slot Canyon In Zion National Park

The Subway: Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. The Subway is a popular and spectacular canyon in the Kolob Terrace section of the Park.The canyon is considered to be semi-technical which means most need a rope but many can do it without one. The Subway is the most popular backcountry hike in Zion, and for good reason! In a park of exemplary beauty, The Subway is one of the most diverse and beautiful canyons—NOT to be missed. A few short rappels and a couple of short, mandatory swims add spice to the adventure. The Subway is a short, spectacular section of the Left Fork of North.

Entrance to The Subway from the bottom, September 2008

Overview There is no doubt that The Subway is one of Utah's finest slot canyons and indeed word has gotten around. To help protect the canyon's fragile riparian environment, Zion National Park only allows 60 people in per day. Jump to: How to Get a Subway Permit In my opinion, the best way to experience The Subway is from the top down. This route begins at Wildcat Trailhead, ends at Left Fork. The Subway, Zion National Park: See 73 reviews, articles, and 215 photos of The Subway, ranked No.19 on Tripadvisor among 36 attractions in Zion National Park. In 1996, Zion Guru owner Jonathan Zambella opened the first canyoneering guide service in the Zion National Park area. More than 22 years later, Zambella and his guides continue to help thousands of people explore and enjoy the wonders of desert slot canyons, from the inside out.

The Subway is a small, uniquely-shaped slot canyon within the Zion Wilderness in Zion National Park in northeastern Washington County, Utah, United States.[1]


The canyon is actually just a fairly short (less than 0.25 miles [0.40 km]) section of the larger Great West Canyon. That canyon is located between two peaks (the North Guardian Angel and the South Guardian Angel) on the Kolob Plateau. The Left Fork North Creek flows through The Subway (and the Great West Canyon).

The Subway is so named for its tube-like, undercut slot canyons.



The Subway from the bottom, September 2012

While short in length, long approach and exit hikes are necessary to access The Subway. Canyoneering groups acknowledge two popular routes for visiting The Subway. The through route, for advanced hikers, involves a one-way hike downstream from the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead (37°17′05″N113°05′46″W / 37.28472°N 113.09611°W). The easier route accesses the lower section of the Subway from downstream, beginning at the Left Fork Trailhead (37°20′23″N113°04′32″W / 37.33972°N 113.07556°W). Both trailheads are located just off Kolob Terrace Road (also known as the Kolob Reservoir Road), a road which runs north from Utah State Route 9 in Virgin through the national park and eventually, after passing by the Kolob Reservoir, connects with other roads that run farther north to Cedar City and Utah State Route 14.[2][3][4]

A Back Country Permit is required to visit The Subway. Permits may be obtained at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, but may be difficult to obtain during peak visitation months.[2]

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  1. ^U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: The Subway
  2. ^ ab'The Subway'. National Park Service. Retrieved 7 Mar 2019.
  3. ^''Subway': Left Fork of North Creek'. Retrieved 7 Mar 2019.
  4. ^'The Subway in Zion National Park'. Zion National-Pak dot com. Retrieved 7 Mar 2019.

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