Park Trails

Trails in Zion are rated easy, moderate or strenuous. Most trails have drop-offs where you must be extra careful to watch your footing. Always stay back from the edges. People undertain about heights should turn around if they come to drop-offs that bother them.


Here are the trails:

TrailTrailhead Distance
(mi/km)
Time Ascent
(ft/m)
Description
(1)
Weeping
Rock
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive-
Weeping Rock
parking lot
0.5/0.81/2 hour98/30 Easy. Minor drop-offs. Paved trail ends at a rock alcove with dripping springs. Hanging gardens of wildflowers decorate the walls in spring and summer. Trailside exhibits.
(2)
Riverside
Walk
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive
Temple of
Sinawava
2.0/3.31-1/2 hrs.57/17 Easy. Minor drop-offs. Paved trail follows the Virgin River along the bottom of a narrow canyon. Hanging gardens of wildflowers in spring and summer. Trailside exhibits. Accessible to disabled people with some assistance.
(3)
Lower
Emerald
Pools
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive
opposite Zion
Lodge
1.2/1.91 hour69/21 Easy. Minor drop-offs. Paved trail takes you to lower pool and 3 waterfalls.
Accessible to disabled people with assistance.
(3b)
Middle
Emerald
Pools
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive
opposite Zion
Lodge
2.0/3.32 hours150/46 Moderate. Long drop-offs. Loop trail to lower and middle pools.

NOTE: Swimming or bathing is prohibited in all pools, in order to protect the aquatic wildlife and preserve this fragile area.

(4)
Canyon
Overlook
Zion-Mt. Carmel
Highway--
just east of long
tunnel
1.0/1.61 hour163/50 Moderate. Long drop-offs, mostly
fenced. Rocky, uneven trail ends at spectacular viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon and Pine Creek Canyon. Guidebooks available at visitor center and trailhead.
(5)
Watchman
Service road--
east of Watch-
man Camp-
ground Registra-
tion Station
2.0/3.32 hours368/112 Moderate. Minor drop-offs. Recommended for early and late in the day due to heat. Ends at viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, and town of Springdale.
(6)
Hidden
Canyon
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive-
Weeping Rock
parking lot
2.0/3.23 hours850/259 Moderate. Long drop-offs. Not for anyone fearful of heights. Leads to narrow side canyon carved in joint of rock. Trail ends at canyon mouth; can hike beyond end of trail to explore canyon.
(7)
Angels
Landing
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive-
Grotto Picnic Area
5.0/8.64 hours1488/453 Strenuous. Long drop-offs and narrow trail. Not for anyone fearful of heights. Ends at summit high above Zion canyon floor. Last 0.5 mi (0.8 km) follows a steep, narrow ridge; chains have been added.
(8)
Observation
Point
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive-
Weeping Rock
parking lot
8.0/12.06 hours2148/655 Strenuous. Climbs through Echo Canyon to Observation Point. Excellent views of Zion Canyon. Trail gives access to other East Rim plateau trails: Cable Mountain and Deertrap Mountain.
(9)
Lower
West Rim
Zion Canyon
Scenic Drive-
Grotto Picnic Area
10.0/17.28 hours2640/880 Strenuous. Long drop-offs. Climbs to high-country viewpoint of canyons and isolated mesa. Trail continues to Lava Point, an alternate starting point. Trip to Lava Point should not be attempted as a one-day hike.
Kolob Canyons Trails
(10)
Taylor
Creek
Kolob Canyons
Road--2 miles
from visitor
center
5.0/8.64 hours450/137 Moderate. No drop-offs. Follows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek past two old homestead cabins to the Double Arch Alcove.
(11)
Kolob
Arch
Kolob Canyons
Road--Lee Pass
14.0/22.08 hours-699/-213 Strenuous. No drop-offs. Follows Timber and LaVerkin Creeks and ends at Kolob Arch, possibly the world's largest freestanding arch. This red rock span is 310 feet (94 meters) long.

Off-Trail Hikes Coming Soon!!!


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