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Rappelling through waterfalls in the desert is not common. Access to remote canyons on private land is virtually unheard of. Via Ferrata? Well, there are only a handful in the United States and we are honored to give you access to one of them.
Literally translated, the Italian word ‘via’ means street; ‘ferrate’ (plural) means railway or railroad. In the US, we have come to know via ferrata as the Iron Path or Iron Way. Although originally used in Austria and Germany for mountain travel, they were initially built in Italy during World War I to aid the movement of Italian alpine soldiers and their equipment through the Dolomites.
Today, via ferrate represent a major attraction for climbers and hikers in Europe and around the world. There are only a handful in the US, scattered across the country, and we have designed and constructed one right here in our back-yard. But what exactly is a via ferrata? It is a mountain route equipped with fixed protection like metal runged ladders, cables and bridges, anchored right to the cliffs themselves. Unlike rock climbing, there is little technical skill needed to climb via ferrate. If you can climb a ladder, you can feel the thrill and magnificence of scaling our 455 foot tall cliff.
Zion Adventure Company offers you this rare experience unlike anything anyone else can offer. Each day, a limited number of guests will have access to Eye of the Needle, our privately-owned, rarely visited canyon. This intimate and awe-inspiring slot canyon descends 450’ over 1/6 of a mile, includes several down climbs, and 9 – 10 rappels along a 400 foot waterfall. At the bottom, it meets at the confluence of Oak Creek Canyon, just outside Zion National Park. After you’ve had your fill of exploration in the creek bed, you will don your specially designed via ferrata equipment and begin the meandering journey, up our 472 stapled via ferrata. Simply put...Wow.
WHO DOES THESE TYPES OF THINGS?
WE DO, AND YOU CAN TOO
Although your professionally trained guide will educate you in the technical skillset needed to descend Eye of the Needle and ascend the Via Ferrata, the physical and technical nature of this expedition requires personal responsibility for safety and a high level of efficiency, competency and independence with rope handling and rappelling from each participant.
Although helpful, no experience is required. You are a good candidate for this expedition if you:
…are not afraid of heights …are self-sufficient on extended outdoor excursions – technical or non-technical …are comfortable being wet and traveling through cold flowing water …can carry a pack up to 25lbs for 8 – 12 hours …have previous rope handling and rappelling experience, or possess rapid technical skill acquisition capabilities …enjoy pushing yourself to the limit
Recommended for participants aged 16 and over.
If you'd like to be free to enjoy your day without stopping to pull out your camera, professional photographers are available through Enlighten Photography to capture the moments of your day.
Two or More: $299/person One on One: $599
WHAT TO BRING
We provide all the necessary technical gear for your experience, but recommend you bring:
2L of water per person
Suncreen and/or hat
Clothing for varying seasonal weather
More than 30 days prior to the trip will receive a full refund minus a 5% booking fee
15 - 30 days prior will receive a 50% refund, 50% store credit
3 - 14 days prior will receive 50% store credit only
Trips cancelled within 48 hours of trip are responsible for full payment
Weather conditions do not permit clients to cancel trips unless ZAC determines conditions make the trip unsafe, at which point we will reschedule or offer a full refund.
Refunds will be returned to the method of payment used at booking.