Last Candition: June 23, 2011


3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 28, 2018

Bone dry, drug wet suits through for nothing. A coupe of waist deep waders in Kolob creek.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 12, 2017

Boundary completely dry, no water in the canyon at all. Water in Oak Creek was never deeper than mid-thigh. Mild weather. Did not use a wetsuit. All anchors in good condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 23, 2017

Dry. Anchors in good shape. Mia exit in good shape. Fun day.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 13, 2017

No water flow in the canyon on Thursday. The spring is running strong at the headwaters. All anchors are good. My beta said that there was nothing over 100 feet for raps in the canyon but the first rap (using the large tree on the south side) going down to the site of Rap 2 was about 125'. I did install W&R in a pothole that's on the way down so now that rap can be done in two parts with less than a 100' rope. When exiting up the MIA, be aware that there is now a track in a sandy section above the dry fall that leads away from the correct trail. It's possible to get up to the road that leads back to Pipe Spring (now posted as not safe for drinking) going this route but it's not a good idea. Stay within 20 meters or less of the south wall of the canyon as you go up until you get up closer to the 3 snags (dead trees) at the top of the route and you won't go off course. I would give this a 5 but the MIA exit isn't much fun.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 8, 2017

Boundary is trickling with maybe 0.5 cfs flow throughout the canyon. Water was up to knee deep in the technical section and up to chest deep in Kolob. Two big cairns marking the turnoff from the creek up the MIA. 10.5 hours from car-to-car for our group of 5. All anchors in good condition; webbing looked new.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 16, 2016

Boundary is completely dry and still so pretty. We enjoyed the canyon from start to finish. All the anchors were in good shape although we beefed up one anchor off a smallish boulder with extra boulders to make sure it would stay secure. The walk down Kolob Creek is such a treat! One chest-deep and one thigh-deep wade down to the MIA trail. Water is very clean with lots of trout in the creek. Flow was very gentle, maybe 2 cfs. Two cairns mark the turnoff to the MIA. Took us 2 hours to take the trail from the creek up to the road, moving slowly and route finding. Pipe Spring was flowing clear and cold and made a nice spot for a break. Total 10 hours car-to-car from the West Rim Trailhead. Great day!!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 5, 2016

No flow. Almost dry within. Anchors in good shape.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 29, 2015

Canyon didnt have any water so no wetsuits required. We hit water once we reached Kolob and had a couple very short swims.

I thought this canyon was just ok. Without water, this canyon is a very average Zion canyon. The MIA hike out is miserable! I think water flowing through the canyon would make it much more fun.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 29, 2015

A great canyon, some spectacular photos, and all the anchors were in great condition. The MIA trail was also in much better shape and better defined than the last time I went 2 years ago.

The reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5 is I hate with a passion river walking (theres about 20-30 min of it from the end of boundary to the MIA exit) and the canyon itself isn't that long for work needed to exit afterwards. Definitely not enough that you should stay away, but for me it knocks a star off.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 16, 2015

No flow. No wetsuits for me or my kids. MIA in excellent condition.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 7, 2014

Completely dry down to Kolob Creek. 3 cfs from there on, pools up to your nips and pretty cold but not unbearable. No wetsuits needed.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 18, 2014

Approach hike dry and dusty. The technical section completely dry except for a couple potholes with a bit of snow. There was a trickle of water running in Kolob at the confluence but dry at the MIA exit. The exit was easy to follow for first timers. 9 hours total for a group of 6.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 16, 2013

Boundary was dry, getting into Kolob, there was a fair amount of water is at what I would estimate 3-4 cfs. No swims in Kolob, but there is a couple of really deep areas. Nothing unusual encountered. Lots of beauty, lots of fun.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 24, 2013

Very user firendly! No water, very shady, blue skies... When we reached Kolob, the water level there was low.... no wet suit needed. We could walk through the 2 deepest areas, water was chest high in both places, (I'm 6' tall) The report from the water conservancy district was they were releasing 3cfs, and that after the 25th they would stop releasing any... but call to make sure. The narrows in Kolob were beautiful. ... tons of fun.... that is until the exit. We made it a day trip and came out MIA Canyon. That is a real work out that goes on and on. Once you are out of the canyon, the roads are tricky... be sure to go uphill, north and west. We picked a road that didn't do those things, and ended up taking a much longer exit. We were not sure, It was our first time in the canyon (# in our group 2). We will not make that mistake again. I will do that canyon again, It's one of the most beautiful I've seen.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 4, 2013

Took the Tom Jones approach. Saw a little water (1 CFS?) flowing high up in Goose Creek close to the Kolob trail, but the canyon itself was dry.

Replaced a number of anchors. Eliminated rainbow webbing on first (175') rap, and re-rigged the second rap out of the round pothole to a BFR (the horizontal log is loose). Should have extended the very clever anchor at the third rap to eliminate growing rope grooves and make the pull smoother. Were very careful to do test pulls and had no problems with pulls on any drop.

We did the Narrows exit this time, and bivy'd just below the MIA split.

The Conservancy District released no water through Kolob Creek on July 4-5, and prior releases were in the 3 CFS range. Flows in the upper Kolob Creek were low but pools were full and cool. Bottom half of Kolob Creek drainage from the MIA exit to the Narrows was completely dry (and clearly hadn't seen water in a long time) so hiking was easy.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 9, 2013

Boundary was dry with only a few small pools in the canyon. Temporarily stuck the rap rope during the pull on the one rappel with the chockstone rock. We knew it was going to be a problem and we jammed a lot of twigs in the cracks to avoid a stuck rope but it still got stuck. Managed to free the rope with some harmonic osciallations. Kolob creek was cool but felt good on the warm day. MIA exit was long but I welcomed the exercise.

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 1, 2012

Boundry was completely dry but otherwise very cool canyon. A few short swimmers in Kolob creek before mia exit.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: July 23, 2012

We did boundary and then hiked out the narrows. Boundary was completely dry but we had a few short swims between the MIA exit and the narrows. The stretch from MIA to the narrows was longer then expected.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: June 24, 2012

No flow into the canyon. Dry as of June 24, 2012. We did not do the canyon but walked by the head.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: August 12, 2011

Water flowing. 3/2 wetsuit would be perfect. Anchors in good condition. Bring webbing to resling as needed. We exited Narrows in the dark-way fun but remember your headlight.