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If it weren't for the difficulties required to reach the trailhead, Rock Canyon would be one I would recommend much more highly. As it is, the 1+ hour of sand driving will deter all but those with some decent driving skills and a capable 4wd. Having grown up on a steady diet of Dukes of Hazard reruns, I will admit I found the sand sections, banked turns, and whoop de doos a lot of fun!
The canyon is short, and easy access once you get to the trailhead. A few rappels, a riparian section, and a pretty good petroglyph panel make for a winning combination. All rappels are straightforward with easy starts, making it a good beginner route with competent leadership. Reaching the rappel anchor for rappel 3 is slightly tricky, but not really.
Overall, a fun experience a long way from the main park. If driving from Springdale/Zion National Park main entrance, expect 2 or 2 1/2 hours driving time.
A few sand driving tips for the unaccustomed: