Mystery Canyon via East Mesa Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Zion Lodge, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for walking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

10.8 miles
7,706 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

rock climbing






The last rappel in Mystery Canyon is quite goes down a 120ft wall right into The Narrows.

7 days ago

Awesome intro to canyoneering. My watch said about 13 miles when we reached the shuttle stop near the Narrows. The lake was dry, but swam 4 times starting with Mystery Springs after the first 120’ rappel. Wear a wetsuit! We did this not as an out an back, but as a point to point from the East Mesa trailhead and ended with a rappel into the Narrows. Several gear shops in town offer shuttle services to get you to the trailhead

1 month ago

Amazing hike. Make sure you descend the correct trail in the beginning. Truly an incredible experience!!

2 months ago

Incredible technical canyon that has a little bit of everything. Rock scrambling, stemming, waterfalls and fun repels. Difficult permit to obtain, but well worth the effort. The second to last repel (~120') can be tricky to get back a single rope/pull cord. The final repel into the narrows is a breathtaking experience, the tourists below all stopped to watch. Absolutely no need for a wetsuit in the fall. Gorgeous!

2 months ago

One of the greatest outdoor experiences of my life. If you have the technical skills/knowledge and physical ability to complete this, it is a "must do". I don't agree about the wetsuit at all if youre going in the summer or early fall. Need an 80m rope or two 40+m. Finding the canyon entrance is the "crux" of this route.

10 months ago

One of the most extraordinary experiences of my lifetime. Must get a permit and know how to repel. Intense hike. Will take at least 5-6 hours to complete. Wetsuit highly recommended. Views will definitely not disappoint. Very rewarding.

9 months ago