Eye of the Needle & Via Ferrata
Each day, a limited number of guests will have access to Eye of the Needle, our private & 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 up our 472 stapled via ferrata. Simply put...Wow.
But what is via ferrata, you ask? 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. It is a mountain route equipped with fixed protection like metal runged ladders, cables and bridges, anchored right to the cliffs themselves. 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. 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 450 foot tall cliff.
Closed for the season.
BOOKING NOW FOR MAY - OCT 2021.
Imagine. This Could Be You.
Your professional 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 your own safety and a high level of efficiency and competency with rope handling and rappelling.
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.
The conditions of the dirt road, and the presence of snow or ice dictate accessibility. Typically this means the canyon is available from May - October.
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:
One on One:
WHAT TO BRING
We provide all the necessary technical gear for your experience, but recommend you bring: