Zion Hikes

Region in Utah, United States

For more than 8,000 years, humans have called the area surrounding Zion National Park home. Today, it attracts nearly 4 million visitors annually and continues to be one of the country’s most unique natural environments – home to a huge variety of unusual plants and animals throughout the four separate life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest.

Once inside you’ll find spectacular geography, including mountains (the tallest standing 2660m high), canyons as deep as 1117m, monoliths, rivers, natural arches and much more.

#1. Observation Point (12.7km, 896m, 4-5h): This stunning hike brings trekkers to the most scenic viewpoint in the entire park – Observation Point. Towering above the entire Zion Canyon, this route is longer, harder, and less crowded than the famous Angel’s Landing (and truly a gem of a hike).

#2. Angel’s Landing (8.2km, 505m, 2-2.5h): Easily the most popular hike in the park, the trail 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.

#3. Taylor Creek Trail (9.3km, 193m, 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.

#4. Pa’rus River Trail (2.7km, 0m, 0.5-0.75h): This wonderfully peaceful and exquisitely beautiful train 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 great for the whole family.

#5. Canyon Overlook (1.8km, 44m, 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 path very accessible for almost all skill levels.

#6. Hidden Canyon (5.2km, 424m, 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.

#7. The Narrows (7.9km, 91m, 1.75-2.25h): As you 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 trek!

#8. East Rim Trail (9.7km, 178m, 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 the sandstones domes, cliffs, and canyons.

#9. Emerald Pools (4.8km, 260m, 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.

#10. Weeping Wall (0.8km, 49m, 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!

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01. Observation Point
Difficulty

7.9mi 2,940ft 4-5h

This stunning hike brings trekkers to the most scenic viewpoint in the entire park – Observation Point. Towering above the…

02. Angel's Landing
Difficulty

5.1mi 1,657ft 2-2.5h

Easily the most popular hike in the park, the trail up to Angel’s Landing is often underestimated. After a long…

03. Taylor Creek Trail
Difficulty

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…

04. Pa'rus River Trail
Difficulty

1.7mi 0ft 0.5-0.75h

This wonderfully peaceful and exquisitely beautiful trail leads along the Virgin River from the campground beside the visitors centre all…

05. Canyon Overlook
Difficulty

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…

06. Hidden Canyon
Difficulty

3.2mi 1,391ft 2-2.5h

Accessed by part of the trail for Observation Point, the Hidden Canyon hike leads up markedly fewer switchbacks than many…

07. The Narrows
Difficulty

4.9mi 299ft 1.75-2.25h

As you follow the rushing Virgin River instead of a normal trail, this route should be classified as a ‘wade’…

08. East Rim Trail
Difficulty

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…

09. Emerald Pools
Difficulty

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…

10. Weeping Wall
Difficulty

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…