The Subway

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Zion National Park, UT 84767


(435) 772-3256

NileGuide Expert tip:

Be sure to take either a professional guide or an experienced canyoneer with you.


The Subway is a beautiful semi-technical slot canyon in the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park. Officially known as the Left Fork of North Creek, this hike is not for sissies. You can't get around wading through cold water much of the way (similar to the Zion Narrows, the stream mostly is the trail), scrambling up and down rocks, and using ropes in a few sections. In a couple of spots the water will be over your head -- you'll have to swim, and it isn't warm!

Usually this hike is done top-to-bottom. Going the other way makes it even more intense than it already it. You also have to have a vehicle shuttle and permits. Shuttle services are available out of Springdale, and permits can be obtained at the Visitor Center and on the park website.

The Subway is a gorgeous place which has become quite popular in national imagination due to the many photos taken of it. But definitely be very clear about what the trail is like before you contemplate doing it on your own. You'll need an experienced canyoneer or a guide with you if you've never done anything like this hike before. Yes, it is kid friendly.


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