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    West Rim to Wildcat Canyon Trail

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    18.7 km
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    399 m
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    The West Rim to Wildcat Canyon trail is a low-traffic hike through a beautiful area of Zion. This hike is a great place to see desert flora and fauna. This trail is best hiked in springtime when the wildflowers of the desert are in full bloom.

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    Route Description for West Rim to Wildcat Canyon Trail

    The West Rim to Wildcat Canyon Trail is a great hike to find peace and solitude in Zion. This trail is moderately long, so take lots of water, and wear good sun protection. Keep an eye out for wildlife- mule deer are often seen grazing along the path. If you do see wildlife, do not feed them, and give them lots of space. This trail passes through meadows and forests, and is a beautiful little hike to enjoy the beauty of the desert away from the crowds of the main canyon.

    Starting from the Trailhead near Lava Point, follow the West Rim Trail southeast. The Wildcat Canyon trail will branch off on your right straight away. Follow the trail as it winds south/southwest through meadows and forests. About 3.1 km in, you will pass Wildcat Spring where you can fill up your water if you need to. Remember that this water is only safe to drink once treated. 4.3 km past the spring, you will reach a series of divides in the trail. Stick to the right to stay on track to the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead.

    The Wildcat Canyon Trailhead is the official turn-around point for this route. There are many more trails in the area should you want to extend your time exploring around Wildcat Canyon.

    Getting to the West Rim to Wildcat Canyon Trail Trailhead

    Follow Kolob Reservoir Road northwest for approximately 32.2 km from Route 9 as it passes through Virgin, UT. Look for the turn off to Lava Point on the east side of the road. Turn right onto Lava Point road and then take your first left, branching off before you reach Lava Point Campground. After you take the left, the road will split right away, just stay right and follow the road a short 2.3 km to the West Rim Trailhead.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Dispersed Camping near trailhead with wilderness permit

    • When to do

      June to November

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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