Top 25 Southwest USA Slot Canyons: Misery Canyon

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Near the Parunuweap confluence Misery Canyon
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Like many other Southwest slots, the narrows of Misery Canyon occur in several sections split by open, easily entered parts, so even though the drainage contains several high falls, use of different entrance/exit routes allows most passageways to be seen without rappelling. The upper slots are pretty, and the rocks colorful, but the best section is the lower end, where a tiny streams flows through very deep, photogenic passages, emerging at a junction with Parunuweap Canyon, the East Fork of the Virgin River. The approach to the drainage is by a cross country hike starting at Checkerboard Mesa towards the east side of Zion National Park, though most of the drainage lies just outside the park.

Location: Accessed via a cross-country route starting at Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park - details


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