Zion National Park

Utah, United States
 (14 votes, 14 reviews)
Zion National Park in Utah is another popular destination in the Southwestern United states with some beautiful views.  It was the first national park in Utah and the best way to experience it is hiking among the high cliffs and through the narrow canyons. It is home to some very unique hikes, such as the Narrows where you walk up to 6 miles up a river, the sheer canyon walls on either side of you, or hike the Angels Landing Trail with 21 switchbacks to the top for a great lookout.
Hiking Trails
Easy
Pa'rus Trail - 3.5 mile pave trail following the Virgin River from the South Campground to Canyon Junction.

Archeology Trail - 0.4 mile short but steep hike from the visitor center parking lot with exhibits along the trail.

Lower Emerald Pool Trail - 1.2 mile paved trail to Lower Emerald Pool and waterfall, you can continue further to the Middle Emerald Pools Trail.

Grotto Trail - 1 mi trail connecting Zion Lodge to The Grotto, can be extended via the Middle Emerald Pools Trail.

Weeping Rock Trail - 0.4 mile short but steep paved trail to a rock alcove with springs.

Riverside Walk - 2.2 mile paved trail along the Virgin River.

Moderate
Watchman Trail - 2.7 mile climb to the Middle Emerald Pools

Middle Emerald Pools Trail - 2 mile climb to the Middle Emerald Pools

Upper Emerald Pool Trail - 1 mile rocky trail to the Upper Emerald Pool.

Kayenta Trail - 2.0 mile climb to the Emerald Pools from The Grotto.

Canyon Overlook Trail - 1 mile to a short trail to some great views of lower Zion Canyon.

Taylor Creek Trail - 5 mile trail along the middle fork of Taylor Creek to Double Arch Alcove.

Timber Creek Overlook Trail - 1 mile trail to a peak with views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and Pine Valley Mountains.

Strenous
Angels Landing via West Rim Trail - 5.4 mile trail up to Angels Landing, with a section along a steep narrow ridge at the end towards the summit.

Hidden Canyon Trail - 2.4 mile trail along a cliff face to the mouth of a narrow canyon.

Observation Point via East Rim Trail - 8 mile climb through Echo Canyon to a great viewpoint of Zion Canyon.

The Narrows via Riverside Walk - 9.4 mile "trail" in the river through narrow canyons. Expect water up to chest high in some places (you can turn around at any point).

Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail - 14 mile trail to one of the world's largest freestanding arches.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
The Narrows - Zion National Park
Walk through the water between high canyon walls as a nice way to cool off in Zion National Park
Easy
3.1 mi/
5.0 km
Northgate Peaks - Kolob Terrace
An alpine hike to a viewpoint between Peaks. A difficult route extension to the summit of both peaks is provided.
Easy
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
A super easy pedal up Zion Canyon. Relatively free of cars, this is a peaceful, beautiful way to see Zion Canyon.
Easy
17.2 mi/
28 km
Lower Pine Creek Waterfall
This fun hike takes you to a beautiful pond and 15-foot waterfall on Pine Creek. Boulder-hopping or wading is required.
Moderate
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Canyon Overlook Trail
Hike up for a spectacular view of Zion Canyon on your entrance to Zion National Park
Moderate
1.0 mi/
1.6 km
Many Pools - Zion National Park
A nice moderate unmaintained trail on the East side of Zion.
Moderate
2.3 mi/
3.7 km
Separation Canyon - Zion National Park
Moderate stroll through a wide slickrock wash. Includes a 4th class scramble to Separation Point if desired.
Moderate
2.8 mi/
4.5 km
South Ariel Peak - Zion National Park
Short summit ascent up a massive slickrock slab. Requires 4th class scramble and steep rock skills.
Difficult
1.1 mi/
1.8 km
Lady Mountain - Zion National Park
Demanding summit hike on an unmaintained but well marked trail.
Difficult
1.3 mi/
2.1 km
Progeny Peak - Zion National Park
Short but challenging summit hike. Includes the beautiful Two Pines Arch along the way.
Difficult
1.6 mi/
2.6 km
Angels Landing in Winter
The top 3 most dangouse hike int he US in winter with tips on ice and snow condition.
Difficult
2.6 mi/
4.2 km
Jug Handle Arch - Zion National Park
Challenging to reach view points or challenging to reach summit hike your choice.
Difficult
2.7 mi/
4.3 km
The Triplets - Zion National Park
Backcountry route to the summit of Peak 6531. Three distinct peaks can be reached from this out and back hike.
Difficult
2.8 mi/
4.5 km
East Temple Saddle - Zion National Park
The East Temple Saddle route is a backcountry extension turning the Canyon Overlook trail into a loop.
Difficult
3.1 mi/
5.0 km
6460 Lost Peak - Zion National Park
A 3.5 mile loop that summits Peak 6460.
Difficult
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
The Subway - Zion National Park
Long day hike to dinosaur tracks, keyhole falls and subway
Difficult
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Cockeye Falls - Zion National Park
This 5 mile loop includes a wonderful view into remote Parunuweap canyon, and ends on top of Cockeye Falls.
Difficult
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
Gifford Peak - Zion National Park
Technical summit hike into seldom explored and rarely seen parts of East Zion
Difficult
5.2 mi/
8.4 km
Destination Peak - Zion National Park
Rewarding summit hike into seldom explored and rarely seen parts of East Zion.
Difficult
6.2 mi/
10.0 km
Parunuweap Pass - Zion National Park
Rewarding but difficult day hike into seldom explored East Zion.
Difficult
6.4 mi/
10.3 km
Hepworth and Roof Peaks - Zion National Park
A beautiful backcountry loop. This 6 mile class 3 scramble reaches the summit of two peaks in East Zion.
Difficult
6.6 mi/
10.6 km
The Subway (Top-Down) - Zion National Park
This 7.5-mile trail takes hikers through one of the most beautiful sections of slot canyon in Zion National Park.
Difficult
7.5 mi/
12.1 km
Mountain of the Sun
Spectacular, challenging summit hike. Long difficult approach. Represents the best of Zion backcountry adventure.
Difficult
8.1 mi/
13.0 km
Observation Point
A hike to the highest point in Zion National Park
Difficult
8.1 mi/
13.0 km
G2 - Zion National Park
A full day of Zion backcountry adventure to the Summit of G2.
Difficult
9.7 mi/
15.6 km
South Guardian Angel - Kolob Terrace
Sierra Clubs "desert classic peak" and part of the "top one-hundred desert peaks".
Difficult
11.4 mi/
18.3 km
Zion West Rim Trail
The West Rim Trail has some of the most spectacular views that anyone could hope to see
Difficult
18.6 mi/
30 km
n/a
22 mi/
35 km
Guides
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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.
Community Trips
Angels Landing Photo
Angels Landing Trail Photo
Looking south from the Angels Landing Trail Photo
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Angels Landing, Zion National Park
by blr on Oct 03, 2009
Zion Lodge, Utah, United States
5.4 miles
One of my all-time favorite hikes. This hike is well documented so there is nothing more I can add, other than it's a hike everyone should experience once. Hiked it this time with my dad, son (age 9) and daughter (age 8).
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Emerald Pools Waterfall (Zion Lodge, Utah, United States) Photo
Emerald Pools Hike - Zion National Park
by chris on Jun 29, 2009
Zion Lodge, Utah, United States
1.7 miles
We were excited for another water hike on such a hot day and after spending  a week in the desert on the Colorado plateau.  Unfortunately, there was very little water coming from these waterfalls.  We had to hurry because we were already about 2 hours behind schedule and still had 2 hours to drive before the night was over, but this brief walk was a nice and relaxing way to end a...
Riverside Walk (Zion Lodge, Utah, United States) Photo
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Riverside Walk and The Narrows Trail - Zion National Park
by chris on Jun 28, 2009
Zion Lodge, Utah, United States
3.1 miles
This is the hike we had been waiting for the entire road trip!  The weather was over 100 degrees, so we took the short 1 mile hike to the creek where we started the narrows hike.  This hike is completely in the water, walking upsteam.  At times the water got up to our chest, which was a little scary for my new camera and backpack, but we managed to keep the electronics...
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Angels Landing Trail
by radims on Oct 25, 2010
Zion NP, Utah, United States
4.0 miles
Absolutely fantastic hike: not extremely difficult, but extremely rewarding. Trail head starts at "The Grotto" shuttle stop.
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Zion National Park - Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon, UT, USA
by ant on Oct 12, 2010
Springdale, Utah, United States
5.0 miles
Another great hike in Zion National park. Weeping rock is an easy walk. But you definitely need to go beyond the weeping rock to enjoy the views. Hidden canyon's view isn't as good as others but getting there is a good experience with great rewards.
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Zion Subway
by tmeekins on Oct 14, 2011
Virgin, Utah, United States
9.5 miles
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The Subway in Zion National Park
by burnsdye on Jun 06, 2009
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
7.5 miles
Saturday started bright and early.We carpooled up to the trailhead.The first part of the hike was uneventful except that we followed the wrong trail. We ended up at the edge of a very long and very steep cliff.A couple of the guys rappelled down a ways to see if it was passable. It wasn't, so we backtracked and found the right trail.Highlights are:We passed a couple of slow groups that were "hard...
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Cayon overlook trail, Zion national park
by drnantu on Feb 09, 2012
Watchman Residential Area, Utah, United States
0.9 miles
This is a very easy walk into the canyon. At the end of the trail, you will see the swithbacks and the famous tunnel rising from the botton of the canyon.
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Angels Landing
by burnsdye on Oct 21, 2011
Zion National Park, Utah, United States
2.3 miles
On October 21, 2011 Tara and I hiked Angels Landing after completing Pine Creek Canyon. We got off the bus at about 5:15 pm.Most of the trail is paved.The first part of the Angels Landing trail is switchbacks. Some parts of the trail are carved into the rock face.At the top of the first series of switchbacks, the trail turns left, crosses a bridge, and enters a shady canyon.This part of the trail...
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Zion National Park - Emerald Pools and Kayenta, UT, USA
by ant on Oct 12, 2010
Hurricane, Utah, United States
5.4 miles
Started from Zion Lodge to Emerald Pools (lower, middle, upper) and then took the Kayenta trail to Grotto and back to Zion Lodge. Emerald pools are popular trails in Zion. The whole loop is an easy hike with great views.

Reviews
Tuebob
Awesome canyons, great weather, beautiful scenery, lots of hummingbirds
Visited on Jul 25, 2013

by Tuebob on Jul 28, 2013
Moniquetellez1
Stunning!!! The view from the top of Observation Point is magical!!!
Visited on May 05, 2013

by Moniquetellez1 on Aug 15, 2013
trekkwik
Awesome views, sunny blistering vistas. Beautifully remote, artistic community & accommodation in Springfield.
Visited on Oct 30, 2012

by trekkwik on Aug 20, 2013
Amudgarden
There's something for everyone here...from easy hikes for families and people of all ages, to highly technical adventures for the highly experienced.
Visited on Sep 13, 2012

by Amudgarden on Nov 04, 2012
woosailor
Beautiful park. Take the buses for an idea of where you are and to get an overview
Visited on Sep 05, 2012

by woosailor on Feb 05, 2013
dlm
Awesome and stuff!!! Angels landing FTW!!
Visited on Jun 30, 2012

by dlm on Oct 22, 2012
carmanc
amazing camping trip in zion national park. angel's landing and the narrows were both spectular and would go back in a heartbeat. early June weather but it was still 105+ during the day. Watchman campground was nice but crowded and SUPER noisy, next time we'll try backpacking instead.
Visited on Jun 02, 2012

by carmanc on Jun 17, 2012
wokwok1
Angels Landing... a very impressive hike :-)
Visited on Oct 30, 2011

by wokwok1 on Nov 25, 2011
JakePehrson
Zion's National Park is a beautiful and unique place. Although there are quite a few vistor when hiking in the back country you will see very few if any people.

Permits are required for overnight camping (and in most locations you have to camp in a designated camp site) so please check with the ranger station before doing any type of backpacking trips.

Visited on Sep 15, 2011

by JakePehrson on Mar 14, 2013
ScottBigelowD
Emerald Pools & Weeping Rock was all we had time for during this trip, but they inspired us to return for more the next time we're in the area.
Visited on Apr 12, 2011

by ScottBigelowD on Apr 14, 2011
wokwok1
Zion National Park is amazing. especially Angles Landing
Visited on Dec 25, 2010

by wokwok1 on Mar 08, 2011
LVHiker
Zion is a hiker's paradise. The Observation Point hike is challenging. It is quite a challenging trail with lots of beauty and a tremendous view!
Visited on Sep 28, 2010

by LVHiker on Jan 15, 2011
monk191
Backpacked through the Park from Lee Pass to the Main Valley. Beautiful scenery, surprisingly cool weather, but water was sometimes an issue.
Visited on Aug 26, 2010

by monk191 on Mar 10, 2011
chris
I went to Zion as a part of a road trip through several national parks in the south west and the cliffs and views are spectacular. We hiked up to the overlook trail which was pretty quick but offered an amazing view of the entire valley.

I wish I had time to hike to Angels landing, because I have heard great things about that hike. It was a very hot day and we decided to cool off by hiking the Narrows which is nothing more than hiking upstream in the river through some narrow canyons. At places the water gets chest high so it is best to keep cameras elevated or leave them before getting in the water.

I wish I had more than a few hours here, but I'm not too worried because I am certain that I'll be back sometime in the near future.

Visited on Jun 29, 2009

by chris on Jan 12, 2011

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