The Top 7 Iran Canyons
Iran is a vast country with lots of wonders, most of which Iranians themselves are not fully aware of. Iran canyons are one of these unknown places in Iran. Here, Iran Destination tries to introduce you some of the major and Must-See canyons in Iran. So if you are into nature and adventure, make sure you visit these places. Iran Destination, Iran Tour Operator, is ready for any Iran tour including great canyons in Iran. Just contact us and talk to us about your dreams!
Haygher Canyon (Tange Haygher)
Haygher canyon is also called the Grand Canyon of Iran. It is located 35 km southwest of Firozabad, in Fars province. These great mountains are part of Zagros mountain series in Iran. Not all Iranians have visited this place or even know it! This is a unique and original natural attraction in Iran. The length of this canyon is about 8 kilometers, with high walls and the river flows through it on the floor. You can hear the echoes of birds’ sounds, and enjoy the great scene. So if you are looking for a relaxing quiet place, choose Haygher canyon.
But here are some tips. Do not go there alone! Try to visit this canyon with your friends or you can have a guide or small group tour by Iran Destination.
Have a lot of water with you and bring snacks. Don’t forget to have your favorite music list J
There are also some incredible places on the way that you have to visit – like Ardashir Castle and Qal’eh Dokhtar (also known as Ghale Dokhtar, Dezh Dokhtar, The Maiden’s Castle, or The Girl’s Castle )
The Rageh canyon is one of those places you have to visit when you go to Kerman province. It is one of the natural attractions in Rafsanjan County. This great canyon has been created by floods and soil erosion during thousands of years. It is about 20 kilometers long and takes some times to explore it, so have snacks and water with yourself. Some of the unique features of this canyon are as follow: sharp conical peaks, blades and strip wise walls. There are amazing spatial shapes among the columns and wall peak jags. Rageh Canyon is has high security, so it is safe for anyone to visit, including tourists. It is also near Rafsanjan airport (almost 20 km) and there are no troublous installations like industrial or military ones and You can have interesting astronomy tours here because it is really virgin.
Reghez Canyon is believed by many to be the most beautiful canyon among Iran canyons. It is interesting to know that this canyon includes more than 60 waterfalls and near 100 natural pools. Iranian Canyons’ bride is located near Darab, in Fars province which is 300 kilometers away from Shiraz. The highest waterfall in this canyon is called Azarakhsh (meaning thunder) which is 65 meters high and the deepest pool is Kabootar (meaning pigeon), 20 meters deep. But the most astonishing point about this canyon is that it is about 2500 meters long! So it is the best choice in Iran for technical climbers and canyoneers. The best time for canyoning in this great canyon is from April to August.
Tanqe Boraq Canyon
Passing through tall mountains, dense oak forests and springs, you will reach one of the eye-catching natural phenomena in Iran. Tange Boraq is is located 20 kilometers away from Eqlid city, north western part of Shiraz, Fars province. This canyon is 1940 meters above the sea level and its weather is moderate during spring and summer and cold during fall and winter. There is a great pool in this canyon which many people choose for diving and swimming. It was not that much known by Iranians a few years ago, but recently it attracts so many visitors each week.
Chakroud is located in Gilan province in northern part of Iran. You have to pass through amazing nature of Gilan jungles to reach this canyon. Although there are so many waterfalls in Chakroud, just some of them are suitable for canyoneering. The highest waterfall here is about 30 meters, so you have to be fully equipped to descend it. Jumping into the cool water under this waterfall is a great experience you might like to have in Iran. You must be professional in climbing the rocks and have necessary equipment with you to visit this canyon.
One of other original wonders in Iran is Shirz Canyon. It is located 45 kilometers north east of Kuhdasht city, Lorestan Province, Iran. This great canyon is surrounded by 150 to 200 meters high walls! The erosion of stones and rocks in this area has made amazing shapes here. Shirz canyon is of great geotouristic importance; so although it is not located in touristic route of Iran (consisting of the main cities) it attracts so many visitors every year. This is actually located at the intersection of 3 provinces: Lorestan, Kermanshah, Ilam. You’ll be surprised to know that there are some ancient sites here belonging to the Stone Age! There are also some works belonging to cave life era. When you walk here, you can see oak and sycamore trees across the valley. Mother Nature also has grapes, figs and wild pears here for you. The best time to visit Shirz canyon is during spring and summer, because the mountains in this area make a temperate climate during spring and summer. But during winter and fall, it gets cold here.
You’d better have a guide with you to find the way.
Kale Jeni Canyon
Another amazing Iranian canyon is located in Tabas city, South-Khorasan Province, north-east of Iran. Kal-e Jeni canyon is shaped by water movement and erosion during centuries. There is a canal to a village called Tashkuni which carries the water of Kal-e Jeni canyon. People believe this is where Cyrus the Great has spent 16 years of his life.
The name means canal of Jinn! Historians believe there are some reasons for this naming. First is the mysterious looking columns, walls and arcs in this valley. The second reason is locals’ belief. They believe this place was the house of aliens.
As locals think this is a crptic place, Kale Jenni canyon has not been visited by many tourists during the past decades. But now people have understood that it is one of the astonishing places offered by Mother Nature. So many visitors decide to visit here each year.
In case you are interested in visiting any of these canyons, you can contact Iran Destination, Iran Tour Operator. There are other places to visit in Iran. Just take a look at our Iran Travel Guide to get more about Iran cities and sites. Iran Destination also offers different Iran tour packages for your trip to Iran. Before you travel to Iran, make sure you visit our Iran Tour page.