Hiking in Zion National Park

Zion National Park is dramatically different from nearby parks such as Bryce Canyon and Arches and a favorite park to many. There are a number of great hikes in the Park, all very unique. You can take a strenuous trail up the side of the canyon to Angels Landing (be careful if you are afraid of heights), or you can hike to a number of waterfalls, or in the hot summer months hike along the Narrows which will lead you directly through a river as far as you like to go upstream. Water can reach depths of 4-5 feet in some places, which means you may want to leave your expensive cameras on the shore.
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The Subway (Top-Down) - Zion National Park
The Subway (Top-Down) - Zion National Park
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 7.5 miles, Full day
This 7.5-mile trail takes hikers through one of the most beautiful sections of slot canyon in Zion National Park.

The Subway is a strenuous day-long hike with some beginner technical canyoneering aspects. The route involves several short rappels, some down-climbing, and a few cold swims. This route starts at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead and ends at the Left Fork Trailhead. Much of the hike involves walking through shallow water.
The Subway - Zion National Park
The Subway - Zion National Park
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 4.0 miles, Half day
Long day hike to dinosaur tracks, keyhole falls and subway

Long day hike to dinosaur tracks, keyhole falls and subway. The subway is a pipe-like gorge. The trail is not maintained. The beginning is steep. The trail follows a creek. Hikers have to pass the creek a couple of times. In order to do the subway-trail hikers need a permission from the administration of Zion National Park
Zion West Rim Trail
Zion West Rim Trail
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 18.6 miles, Multiple days
The West Rim Trail has some of the most spectacular views that anyone could hope to see

The West Rim Trail has some of the most spectacular views that anyone could hope to see. There are beautiful canyons, springs, seeps, trees and flowers. You will not want to spend a lot of time looking at your feet during this hike. If you seek an element of danger then a side trip to Angels' Landing is for you.
The Narrows - Zion National Park
The Narrows - Zion National Park
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1 hour or less
Walk through the water between high canyon walls as a nice way to cool off in Zion National Park

The Narrows is a nice "hike" if you are in Zion during a hot day (any time in summer). The trail starts art the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Dr, also called the "Riverside Trail". Go as far as you like up the river but step carefully, as the water can get chest high in some places.
Northgate Peaks - Kolob Terrace
Northgate Peaks - Kolob Terrace
Kolob Terrace, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 6.0 miles, Half day
An alpine hike to a viewpoint between Peaks. A difficult route extension to the summit of both peaks is provided.

As temperatures rise to triple digits in the main canyon of Zion National Park, a hiker is left with few choices: 1) Continue to ride the sweltering shuttle service 2) Swim in the Virgin river (always a good choice during summer) 3) Change from hiking to canyoneering (many canyons require wetsuits even in the heat of summer) or 4) Move to higher elevation. Northgate...
South Guardian Angel - Kolob Terrace
South Guardian Angel - Kolob Terrace
Kolob Terrace, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 11.4 miles, Full day
Sierra Clubs "desert classic peak" and part of the "top one-hundred desert peaks".

Standing watch as guardians over the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park, North and South Guardian Angels can be seen from the maintained Northgate Peaks trail. The summit of South Guardian Angel can be reached in a difficult full day backcountry route extension approaching 7,400' accumulated feet of elevation change. Dropping hikers 1,400...
Lower Pine Creek Waterfall
Lower Pine Creek Waterfall
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
This fun hike takes you to a beautiful pond and 15-foot waterfall on Pine Creek. Boulder-hopping or wading is required.

The trail is not maintained or listed on any park maps, but it is easy to find and follow. The trailhead for Lower Pine Creek is the first (bottom) switchback. Pine Creek flows year-round and comes from a spring near the base of the Great Arch. Seasonal runoff can increase the flow dramatically. You'll have to cross Pine Creek a couple of times....
Angels Landing in Winter
Angels Landing in Winter
Zion Lodge, Utah, United States
Difficult: 2.6 miles, 1-3 hours
The top 3 most dangouse hike int he US in winter with tips on ice and snow condition.

This is one of the most dangous trail in American national park system. The last 0.5 mile is on the steap edge of tthe maountain. The trail road is well documented and well marketed. The trail starts at the bridge across the virgine river. There are two sets of swithcbacks. After ther first swtchback, you are into a slot canyon. Then, ther eis the second...
Observation Point
Observation Point
Zion Lodge, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 8.1 miles, Half day
A hike to the highest point in Zion National Park

This is a strenuous hike to the highest point in Zion National Park. You look down on Angels Landing and have a sweeping vista of the main canyon that makes up Zion. It is a stunning view.
Red Butte - Kolob Terrace
Red Butte - Kolob Terrace
Kolob Terrace, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 2.7 miles, Full day
Technical summit hike. Stunning views. Challenging route finding required. Includes the beautiful Red Window Arch.

Driving along the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park I am reminded, the vast majority of scenery, canyons and peaks reside outside of the main Zion canyon. North and South Guardian Angels, The Subway, and others offer a more primitive recreation to those seeking a road less traveled. Red Butte is located just outside of Zion National Park...
Lady Mountain - Zion National Park
Lady Mountain - Zion National Park
Main Zion Canyon, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 1.3 miles, Full day
Demanding summit hike on an unmaintained but well marked trail.

Lady Mountain is the southern peak overlooking the Emerald Pools. It was the first official trail in Zion National Park that went from valley floor to summit, but it was closed in the late 1960's because it was so steep and dangerous. The trail is no longer maintained but for those with some climbing experience, the old route can still be followed...
Mountain of the Sun
Mountain of the Sun
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 8.1 miles, Full day
Spectacular, challenging summit hike. Long difficult approach. Represents the best of Zion backcountry adventure.

As the shuttle crowded with Zion Canyon visitor's makes it's way slowly up the main canyon, the second stop is the lookout for Court of Patriarchs. The announcer says "This short 100 yard climb will take you to a lookout point for a beautiful view of the Court of Patriarchs. Including Abraham, Issac & Jacob". Before you get back on the bus, with...
East Temple Saddle - Zion National Park
East Temple Saddle - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
The East Temple Saddle route is a backcountry extension turning the Canyon Overlook trail into a loop.

One of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park is the Canyon Overlook Trail. This well designed and well protected trail allows even young children the chance to witness dizzying heights more common on the difficult trails in the park. From the Overlook, the East Temple sits to your right. It was named by John Wesley Powell and the summit resides...
Destination Peak - Zion National Park
Destination Peak - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 6.2 miles, Full day
Rewarding summit hike into seldom explored and rarely seen parts of East Zion.

Driving East on Highway 9 toward Mt. Carmel Junction is a tremendously rewarding experience. Twists and turns lead to elevation gains, which in turn lead to increasingly amazing views. Arches, slot canyons, hikers, and climbers all seem to converge at every turn where adventure awaits for everyone. Just before you enter the long 1.1 mile Zion Tunnel...
Gifford Peak - Zion National Park
Gifford Peak - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 5.2 miles, Full day
Technical summit hike into seldom explored and rarely seen parts of East Zion

Existing behind the skyline of The Watchman, G2 and Bridge Mountain; hidden behind the sandstone ridges of Gifford Canyon, is a no man's land of sandstone peaks. Gifford Peak is a rewarding 1930' foot technical summit hike which allows you to witness the splendor of this section of Zion National Park. GPS track can be downloaded from Other Resources...
G2 - Zion National Park
G2 - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 9.7 miles, Full day
A full day of Zion backcountry adventure to the Summit of G2.

The most memorizing view, for first time visitors, of Zion National Park is waiting for the shuttle system bus and looking up! Directly east of the visitor center is the shear sandstone face of G2 connected to Bridge Mountain on the north by a small saddle. This difficult, full day (12 hour), adventure through the backcountry of Zion National Park...
Hepworth and Roof Peaks - Zion National Park
Hepworth and Roof Peaks - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 6.6 miles, Full day
A beautiful backcountry loop. This 6 mile class 3 scramble reaches the summit of two peaks in East Zion.

Located behind the main Zion canyon skyline of The Watchman, G2 and Bridge Mountain; hidden behind the sandstone ridges of Gifford Canyon, is a no man's land of sandstone peaks.  Four beautiful peaks line up in a north to south direction.  Destination Peak, Gifford Peak, Hepworth Peak and Roof Peak. These, of course, are the unofficial names.  Like...
Progeny Peak - Zion National Park
Progeny Peak - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 1.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Short but challenging summit hike. Includes the beautiful Two Pines Arch along the way.

Located in Zion National Park are massive monoliths of rock. Some peaks, like Angels Landing, can be reached by park maintained trails. Others, like Lady Mountain can be reached by unmaintained trails requiring technical knowledge. Most require the use of climbing gear and a lifetime of experience to reach the top. Of all the mountain tops in Zion,...
Many Pools - Zion National Park
Many Pools - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Moderate: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A nice moderate unmaintained trail on the East side of Zion.

For those who like the leisurely laid back trail of Emerald Pools, but could do without the bumper to bumper traffic, Many Pools is for you. Only sightly more difficult (not a maintained trail) Many Pools offers the beginner hiker (and family) a glimpse into how wind and water create slot canyons. Sometimes this hike is referred to as "Root Canal"...
Cockeye Falls - Zion National Park
Cockeye Falls - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 4.7 miles, Half day
This 5 mile loop includes a wonderful view into remote Parunuweap canyon, and ends on top of Cockeye Falls.

The remote East side of Zion National Park presents a wonderland to the adventurous hiker. Unlike the main canyon, the East side contains a landscape of gradual slickrock and slot canyons. If a person has the proper skills (and footwear) the slickrock can lead to remote areas where few will ever venture. Cockeye Falls is one such hike. Starting...
Parunuweap Pass - Zion National Park
Parunuweap Pass - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 6.4 miles, Full day
Rewarding but difficult day hike into seldom explored East Zion.

You've hiked Angles Landing, Emerald Pools, Observation Point or Weeping Rock and you think you know Zion National Park, think again. Parunuweap Pass route on the East Side of Zion will open your eyes to a Zion few people will ever see in their lifetimes. A difficult day hike, Parunuweap pass offers the chance to experience a piece of every adventure...
6460 Lost Peak - Zion National  Park
6460 Lost Peak - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, USA
 
Difficult: 3.5 miles, Half day
A 3.5 mile loop that summits Peak 6460.

Peak 6460, known to locals as "Lost Peak", can only be seen from the plateau after hiking up a 950 foot slab of slickrock. A 3.5 mile long loop that follows the Cockeye Falls backcountry route. The only difference is an emphasis on reaching the summit of Peak 6460. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. GPS track can be downloaded...
The Triplets - Zion National Park
The Triplets - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 2.8 miles, Half day
Backcountry route to the summit of Peak 6531. Three distinct peaks can be reached from this out and back hike.

Most peaks in Zion National Park have received nicknames over the years but few have found their way onto official maps. Peak 6531 is also known as "The Triplets" on Peakbagger.com and other websites. This backcountry route is a beautiful half day hike to the highest of these peaks. The other two peaks can be reached from the same saddle with little...
South Ariel Peak - Zion National Park
South Ariel Peak - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 1.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Short summit ascent up a massive slickrock slab. Requires 4th class scramble and steep rock skills.

Slickrock slab hiking is what sets East Zion apart from the maintained trails in the main canyon. There is something spectacular about hiking up 700 - 900 feet of pure rock that those who only drive through this section of the park will never appreciate. South Ariel Peak is one such slab. Don't let the appearance fool you into thinking this is an...
Jug Handle Arch - Zion National Park
Jug Handle Arch - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 2.7 miles, Half day
Challenging to reach view points or challenging to reach summit hike your choice.

I love the Arches of Zion National Park. Breathtaking in their elegance, these Arches often go unnoticed simply due to the shear amount of beauty that surrounds them. Jug Handle Arch (a propped arch) can be seen from highway 9 (if you know where to look) but even this arch which projects prominently against the blue sky, is lost in the multi-color...
Separation Canyon - Zion National Park
Separation Canyon - Zion National Park
East Zion, Utah, United States
 
Moderate: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Moderate stroll through a wide slickrock wash. Includes a 4th class scramble to Separation Point if desired.

Among the twisting turns, massive sandstone slabs and vegetative plateaus of East Zion reside some of the most enjoyable backcountry adventures found anywhere in the world. Large canyons of solid rock drain water north toward clear creek, and south toward Parunuweap. The east fork of the virgin river (Parunuweap Canyon) is off limits to camping, hiking,...
Canyon Overlook Trail
Canyon Overlook Trail
Hurricane, Utah, United States
 
Moderate: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Hike up for a spectacular view of Zion Canyon on your entrance to Zion National Park

The Canyon Overlook Trail is a great introduction to Zion National Park if you are entering from the east. The trail is short--less than 1 mile out and back, and the elevation gains are fairly steep but not too exhausting. This trail takes you away from the road, through a large natural cave carved out of the rock walls, and eventually offers an...
Zion East Rim Trail
Zion East Rim Trail
Zion Lodge, Utah, United States
 

The East Rim Trail (just like the West Rim trail) has some of the most spectacular views that anyone could hope to see. There are beautiful canyons, mesas, trees and flowers. You will not want to spend a lot of time looking at your feet during this hike. This overnight hike recorded here has a side hike to Deertrap Mountain which has a spectacular view...
Mount Kinesava - Zion National Park
Mount Kinesava - Zion National Park
South Zion, Utah, United States
 
Difficult: 8.1 miles, Full day
Inspiring summit ascent. Long difficult approach to the prominent peak beside West Temple. Petroglyphs.

Resting in the southern section of Zion National Park, where daytime summer temperatures climb into the triple digits, is Mount Kinesava. Native Americans named the peak after the mischievous Paiute God "Coyote God of the Canyon." Blamed for many misdeeds the peak still shows the petroglyphs written by those brave enough to make an ascent of this fitful...