Grand Staircase-Escalante was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped. The 1.9 million acres of canyons, cliffs and plateaus are rugged, remote and strikingly beautiful. The Escalante drainage is home to a myriad of narrow, sinuous canyons cut into the Navajo and Wingate sandstone.
A journey through Neon Canyon is a canyoneering and backpacking experience for the strong, capable adventurer. Its location evades many, who often must make multiple trips before uncovering its whereabouts.
Those committed souls fortunate enough to locate it, are duly rewarded by Neon’s majesty. A day of rappelling, down-climbing, stemming, pothole escapes, and swimming lead them to the most awe-inspiring site of all. The Golden Cathedral. You may recognize this world-renowned chamber from magazines and advertisements. Can you envision yourself rappelling down through the floor of the canyon; through that ancient, beautiful, pothole arch? Let us make that dream a reality.
Be one of the fortunate ones and
experience Neon's majesty
We designed this event for proficient backpackers excited to combine their skills with ours to visit extraordinary places reachable only with technical assistance. Backpacking experience is very helpful on this trip, as we must pack all necessary gear into camp, including technical equipment for the canyon's swims and rappels. In addition to your personal gear, you will also be responsible for packing in a shared portion of group gear. Technical experience is not necessary, but we ask participants to meet the following requirements:
Day 1: Depart from Egypt Trailhead early, backpacking to the mouth of Neon Canyon on the Escalante River. Set up camp, grab your headlamp, and then spend the afternoon in one of the darkest canyons in Escalante: Ringtail Canyon.
Day 2: Descent of Neon Canyon; including an epic rappel through the ceiling of the world famous Golden Cathedral.
Day 3: Break camp and hike back to the Egypt Trailhead
Pricing includes meals, technical gear including: harnesses, devices, helmets, drysuits/wetsuits (seasonally), group camping equipment (as detailed in "What to Bring"), and a 4:1 guest to guide ratio. We aim for trips of six guests and two guides, though we often have more or less.
Due to temperatures and conditions, this trip is the most enjoyable in the Spring and Fall.
Late March - Late May & Late September - Early November
$1499 for 2 people
$1399 for 3 people
$1099 for 4+ people
Full payment is due at time of booking. Cancellations more than 21 days in advance will receive a 95% refund. Cancellations within 21 days of trip date are non-refundable. Weather conditions do not permit clients to cancel trips. If your Zion Adventures® guide determines conditions make the event unsafe, we will reschedule or make every effort to provide a comparable experience; if not possible, all purchases will be refunded in full.
All guided trips and courses require a 2 person minimum. If a second guest does not book, we will contact you. You'll have the option to book an additional fare or we'll cancel the trip and you'll receive a refund.
What to Bring
You are responsible for packing lightly AND thoroughly. Your supplies should include:
Zion Adventure Company will provide:
"We hiked, climbed, down climbed.swam, and rappelled. The trip had everything you could ask for in a canyoneering adventure... By the end of the trip those who had little experience with this type of activity were comfortable in their skills. I just can't say enough good things about this organization. I would recommend them to anyone without reservation."
Tripadvisor - October 2014