Shelf Canyon is a short, interesting hike to a brief, but cool (in both senses of the word) slot on Zion's east side. At the end is a slanted room with a unique set of natural ledges (thus the canyon's name) that can be followed at least 40 feet above the canyon floor (but not out the top). It may be the quickest way to find air conditioning in Zion in the summer! Some have rappelled in from the top, but going technical here is not worth the trouble. On the other side of the road, Pine Creek forms a short but impressive slot canyon before dropping into the technical section, that the crowds parking for the Canyon Overlook Trail never seem to notice. It's a great way to spend an hour away from the Zion masses.
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