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Tracytop down with 8 famliy members  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2017


Hiked this one with my daughter Jackie and my brother Eric, his two sons Spencer and Nate along with Nate's wife, Kate. Also with us were my sister Joan, her daughter Melissa and my brother-in-law Russ. The weather was perfect and Orderville Canyon itself was enjoyable. The main Zion Narrows not so much - too many people. A second group of 9 from our Ponderosa Ranch family reunion group did the same trip on the following day. That group included my sister Amy, her husband Mike and their sons Tim and Zach along with Zach's girlfriend Kennedy; my brother Guy, his son Connor, my nephew Seth and Chelsea (wife of my nephew Matt).They heard distant thunder as they finished the hike. Their group was faster than ours.
Posted Oct 15, 2017 4:37 am

utahjimkfrom top down...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016


with Wasatch Mt Club group - thanks, Rick! beautiful scenery though lots of other hikers coming up.
Posted Aug 1, 2016 11:10 am

utahguy058Truman Show  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015


The scenery on this was unreal. I absolutely loved the entire Orderville Canyon top down experience. I however was not in love with the hordes of people in the narrows upon exiting. I would totally do it again and again and again. The first dry fall that we hiked around would be an amazing rappel. For sure need to come back and try that out!
Posted Jul 21, 2015 11:38 pm

abrennalinerushBetter than a water park!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015


The upper half of the canyon had me hopping across so many rocks that I hardly had a chance to look up and admire the beauty for fear of breaking my ankles/neck. The lower half had me giggling like a little kid, ogling 300' canyon walls, and sliding down wet rock into swimmable pools.

Took a friend from back east here as her first canyon -- more than manageable for a canyoneering rookie, and the views don't get much better than this.

I would recommend this beauty to any and all! If you've got weak ankles, some trekking poles for the lower half/Narrows portion may be helpful, but I did just fine without.
Posted Jul 13, 2015 12:57 pm

ShayleeOrderville   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014


Posted Jul 14, 2014 5:36 pm

KesslerOrderville   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014


Posted Jul 14, 2014 5:28 pm

ScottOrderville   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014


Kim, Kessler, Shaylee, and I did Orderville Canyon. We hired a shuttle from Ponderosa, but unfortunately left the camera in the car (the photo below is from SP member Tanya).

It was a hot day, but Orderville is a great trip in the heat, especially the lower half. The narrows were great and fun, but there was much more swimming than the NPS said there was. We were surprised by this, but it was pleasant on a hot day.

The waterfalls were really nice as well and the kids really enjoyed the canyon. We did the route in a fast six hours, plus the hike out the Narrows.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 5:16 pm

sarduderapid descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2012


T.A. & I took off from the top at about 3pm & expected to come out after dark. 3-hours later we were grabbing our seats on the shuttle. Awesome trip and I would do it again.
Posted Jul 31, 2013 10:37 pm

Garon CorizWahoo!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012

Garon Coriz

My first canyoneering experience and what a blast! Via Birch Hallow with Bianka, Mason, Anthony, Theresa, Jessica, and Sephira. Gorgeous canyon with fun obstacles and not too cold of water. I was completely blown away by the giant chockstone at the Guillotine and how well shoes stuck to the sandstone even when covered with slime.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 1:24 am

Alex WoodUnderrated  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2012

Alex Wood

Did this canyon after doing Englestead Hollow. I was not too gung ho on it at first, but after doing the length of the canyon, I quickly changed my mind. Its a gorgeous canyon and the blue water from the spring is incredibly pretty. The narrow section is awesome and it is just amazing how deeply incut this canyon is into the rock. 5 stars for sure
Posted Jun 24, 2012 7:39 pm

americanswissOrderville  Sucess!


Ran its length when rain started falling.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 12:40 am

vanman798Birch Hallow/Orderville  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2010


Entered Orderville via Birch Hallow. Very scenic especially in the sections with water (creek). The canyon walls are amazingly high. Where Orderville enters The Narrows is also amazingly beautiful.
Posted Aug 22, 2010 3:19 pm

blueshadeBirch/Orderville  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2010


Did in conjunction with Birch Hollow. Birch has some nice raps. Orderville dry until half way down, some nice small downclimbs. Pretty canyon, especially at the fallen rock section.
Posted Jun 26, 2010 4:02 pm

mrchad9During Narrows Through Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2003


Incredible adventure. Dropped our packs during a through hike of the narrows. Amazing beauty. Had a few pools to swim across, up some waterfalls, climbing log jams... would like to go again sometime.
Posted Jun 14, 2010 3:48 am

FangClimbing UP Orderville Canyon in Zion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2009


I was able to hike and climb all the way up Orderville Canyon with no technical gear. Starting from the bus, hiking up the Virgin, and taking the first real tributary on the right you find Orderville. There are lots of clever obsticals along the way, becoming porgressively more difficult until they begin to feel all but unpassable.

There were two deep pools (had to swim and could not touch bottom) with climbs up small water falls. At the second there is a large choke stone completely filling the narrows with a second one the size of a RV stuck about 25' directly above the first. This is the MOST DIFFICULT obsticle. I am a good climber (former climbing guide), and I made it up on my third attempt. After two failed atempts to the right (where it is dry) I had to swim to the left and climb the falls - it was a short, but frightening ascdent for me.

Once at the top I found there are rappel hangers on the left when going downstream. I hiked most of the rest of the way to the Orderville spring, had lunch and returned back the same way. I followed a group of hikers going down and used their rope to rap down off the above described obsticele.

Good luck!
Posted Aug 26, 2009 2:20 pm

DrewidLong time ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1998


Wow, I didn't know there were pages for slot canyons. Did this with two amigos way back when. We started in Zion at the Narrows and hiked up Orderville through all the obstacles to the massive and tremendous log jam. An experience I still remember vividly.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 1:42 pm

Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007


hiked in as far as we could - turn around at groupof boulders after falls
Posted Aug 11, 2008 1:44 pm

brusymust see  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2008


Took us almost 9 hours from the top - we did take it easy and enjoyed every bit of it. Nice cold refreshing swims at the final part before the confluence with narrows. Next time will do it just from the bottom...
Posted Jun 28, 2008 11:21 pm

tannerpuma15Top 5 best canyons in zion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2007


This is one of the best canyons in Zion, and best slot canyons period. Great page and thanks Tanya
Posted Jun 18, 2008 6:03 pm

Foxy Long BottomsWith Ran  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2008

Foxy Long Bottoms

Fun day.
Posted Mar 24, 2008 10:54 am

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