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    Zion Grotto Trail

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    Very Easy
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    1.9 km
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    24 m
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    The Zion Grotto Trail is a well-trafficked, easy hike between Zion Lodge and The Grotto picnic site. This trail is family-friendly and a great option for a picnic outing. Mule deer and other wildlife are commonly seen along this trail.

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    Route Description for Zion Grotto Trail

    The Zion Grotto Trail is an easy, family-friendly walk between Zion Lodge and The Grotto. Though this hike does not feature any major viewpoints, it is a lovely stroll through the desert and is a good place to see wildlife as mule deer are often grazing along the trail.

    To walk the Grotto Trail, hop off the shuttle at the Zion Lodge (5th stop). The Zion Grotto trail starts at the lodge and heads north. The trail itself is well-trafficked, well defined, and mostly level, making it a great option for kids, elderly folks, or those just looking for a relaxing stroll. Follow the trail for half a mile, and you will reach the Grotto picnic area. This lovely spot features barbeques, restrooms, and water fountains and is a great spot to enjoy lunch before heading back.

    If you’re in a total food coma after your picnic and don’t feel up for the walk back to the lodge - no worries, the Canyon shuttle can pick you up here at the Grotto. However, if you are feeling energized, there are more trails to explore; branching off from the Grotto, you can hike up the West Rim Trail to the northeast or down the Kayenta Trail to the southwest, just be sure to make it back to a pick-up spot before the last shuttle.

    Getting to the Zion Grotto Trail Trailhead

    This trail begins at the Zion Lodge, located along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and can be accessed via a free ride on the Zion Canyon Shuttle system. Hikers should catch the shuttle at the Visitor Center near Springdale and get off at the 5th stop: Zion Lodge. If you do not want to take the shuttle or want to access this trail outside of the shuttle service schedule, you may access Zion Canyon Scenic Drive via bicycle.

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    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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