hikes in Zion National Park
hikes in Zion National Park
The best way to explore Zion National Park are on the incredible hiking trails. You can hike through spectacular geography, including canyons, mountains, monoliths, rivers, natural arches and much more. This stunning part of Utah offers some of the most memorable hikes in the entire state.
Our list of the best hikes in Zion National Park includes hikes that are great for families all the way to more challenging hikes, like Angel's Landing. In general, most of the hikes in Zion are half-day hikes, suitable for beginners and intermediate hikers. So follow along on our list of the best hikes in Zion National Park, and explore a huge variety of unusual plants and animals throughout the four separate life zones here: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest.
- Observation Point (7.9mi, 2940ft, 4-5h): This stunning hike brings trekkers to the most scenic viewpoint in Zion National Park – Observation Point. Towering above the entire Zion Canyon, this route is longer, harder, and less crowded than the famous Angel’s Landing. This is a must-do hike for fit hikers in Zion.
- Angel’s Landing (5.1mi, 1657ft, 2-2.5h): Easily the most popular hike in Zion National Park, the classic hike up to Angel’s Landing is often underestimated. After a long climb and an exposed traverse, however, the stunning views of the canyon from the summit always seem worth it. The chains section is not for those with a fear of exposure or heights.
- Taylor Creek Trail (5.8mi, 633ft, 1.5-2h): Inside the quiet Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park, the Taylor Creek Trail runs beside the middle fork of the Taylor Creek. Leading in between stunning sandstone lined cliff faces, this gorgeous hike pays homage to the Double Arch Alcove at its terminus.
- Pa’rus River Trail (1.7mi, 0ft, 0.5-0.75h): This wonderfully peaceful and exquisitely beautiful hike leads along the Virgin River from the campground beside the Visitors Centre all the way to Canyon Junction. As it stays relatively flat, this route is a great hike in Zion National Park for the whole family.
- Canyon Overlook (1.1mi, 144ft, 0.5-0.75h): Contouring the famous Zion – Mount Carmel Tunnel, the Canyon Overlook trail yields spectacular views of both the Zion and Pine Creek Canyons. A few stunning feats of engineering have also reduced the amount of climbing that would normally be required and makes this hike very accessible for almost all skill levels.
- Hidden Canyon (3.2mi, 1391ft, 2-2.5h): Accessed by part of the trail for Observation Point, the Hidden Canyon hike leads up markedly fewer switchbacks than many others in the area to a lush slot canyon. Angel’s Landing style chains line the upper part of the trail, however they are nowhere near as scary.
- The Narrows (4.9mi, 299ft, 1.75-2.25h): A classic hike in Zion National Park, follow the rushing Virgin River instead of a normal trail, this route should be classified as a ‘wade’ not a hike. Going up a slot canyon formed in the Virgin River, you are bound to get soaking wet on this world famous hike!
- East Rim Trail (6.0mi, 584ft, 1.25-1.5h): Exploring the rolling hills east of the main canyon, the East Rim Trail yields stunning views at a low physical cost. Continue along the trail as long as you like and bask in sandstone domes, cliffs, and canyons.
- Emerald Pools (3.0mi, 853ft, 1.25-1.5h): This gentle hike brings trekkers up to the stunning spring-fed three-tiered Emerald Pools, with fantastic views of the sandstone cliffs lining the valley. Most of the trail is reasonably well shaded, making this a great hike for hotter days.
- Weeping Wall (0.5mi, 161ft, 0.25-0.5h): This short, steep trail leads to the scenic and secluded Weeping Rock. A natural spring in the rock, the overhanging cave plays host to a plethora of hanging plants. A beautiful place to hangout on hot days!
The best hikes in Zion National Park
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