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Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon

 

Zion Canyon is the most well-known section of Zion National Park. With high red canyon walls all around you , and amazing views in each direction, it is no wonder that Zion Canyon is the area of Zion National Park that receives the most visitors. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the road that takes you into Zion Canyon, has a free shuttle that runs through it in the busy season in order to keep automobile traffic light. This free shuttle will take you to all the trailheads in Zion Canyon. Many of the trails within Zion Canyon are short and some of the trails in Zion Canyon are even paved, making some of these trails a good option for families with small children. However, there are also some popular difficult hiking trails as well as a few less traveled trails toward the East side of Zion Canyon for those looking to take a longer, more difficult backpacking trip.

Click the Link for More Information about each of these Hiking Trails Within Zion Canyon:

 

 

East Rim: 

Description: East Rim is a Day Hike that take you from the East Entrance Trailhead until it intersects the Observation Point Trail.

Distance: 7.8 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 6,370 Feet Above Sea Level

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

East Mesa

   

   Description: Day Hike that offers another route to Observation Point.

   Distance: 3 Miles One Way

   Difficulty: Easy

   Highest Elevation: 6,810 Feet Above Sea Level

   Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Cable and Deertrap Mountains

 

   Description: A Day Hike from Zion National Park’s Eastern border to your choice of either Cable Mountain or the Deertrap Mountains.

   Distance: Dependent upon which of the many routes you take. 

   Difficulty: Moderate- Difficult

   Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Canyon Overlook


 

Description: A Short Hike to a Lookout Point viewing lower Zion Canyon

Distance: 0.5 Miles One Way

   Difficulty: Moderate

   Highest Elevation: 5,250 Feet Above Sea Level

   Dangers: High Cliffs

   Jurisdiction: Zion National Park   

The Barracks

 

Description: Wilderness trail that heads from the East Fork of the Virgin River down through rocky canyons and out through a difficult, brushy, bushwacking hike on a faint trail.

Distance: 18.4 Miles

Difficulty: Difficult if you take Checkerboard Mesa.

Highest Elevation: 6,020 Feet Above Sea Level

Dangers: Flash Flood Possibilities & Rugged, Steep Terrain. The long distance may keep you overnight should anything unexpected occur.

Jurisdiction: BLM (Bureau of Land Management), Kanab Field Office; Zion National Park

The Watchman

 

   Description: A short hike that takes you into the small hills that lie below The Watchman and Bridge Mountain.

Distance: 3 Miles Round Trip

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Elevation: 4,350 Feet Above Sea Level

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Sand Bench Loop

 

Description: Sand Bench Loop takes you through the dry, sandy country of lower Zion Canyon. Not recommended as a hiking trail at all- but is better done by horseback.

Distance: 3.4 miles round trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 4,710 Feet Above Sea Level

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

The West Bank of the Virgin River

 

  Description: A hike following the Virgin River on easy, level ground. Distance: 2.6 Miles One Way ending at The Grotto Trailhead.

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Elevation: 4,450 Feet Above Sea Level

Jursidiction: Zion National Park

Emerald Pools

 

Description: A spiderweb of trails that all lead, by various lengths and means, to Emerald Pools Lower, Middle and Upper Pools.

Distance: 1.2 Miles to 2.5 Miles Round Trip.

Difficulty: Easy (for the Lower and Middle Pools); Moderate (for the Upper Pool.)

Highest Elevation: 4,450 Feet Above Sea Level

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Angel’s Landing

 

Description: A steep ascent to the high cliffs of Angel’s Landing, climbing 1,600 feet.

Distance: 2.2 Miles One Way

Difficulty: Strenuous

Highest Elevation: 5,790 Feet Above Sea Level.

Dangers: High Cliffs. Some die almost each year (since 2017) by falling from Angel’s Landing.

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Observation Point

 

Description: A long hike that takes you from the Zion Canyon floor to the high overlook of Observation Point, climbing 2,200 feet.

Distance: 4 Miles One Way

Difficulty: Somewhat Strenuous

Highest Elevation: 6.507 Feet Above Sea Level

Dangers: High Cliffs

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon

 

Description: A turnoff from the Observation Point trail that takes you into Hidden Canyon, a narrow canyon that eventually dead ends at a high wall that should only be attempted by experienced rock climbers with proper rock climbing equipment.

Distance: 3 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Hidden Canyon is closed indefinitely due to rockslides.

Riverside Walk

 

Description: An easy, paved walk that takes you from the Temple of Sinawava along the Virgin River, ending where The Narrows truly begins. The first half of this trail is wheelchair accessible. After that, there are enough steep grades that wheelchairs are not recommended.

Distance: 1.8 Miles Round Trip

Difficulty: Easy

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

The Narrows: Orderville Canyon

 

Description: A One-Way Day Trip that takes you through the lower portion of The Narrows

Distance: 3 Miles One Way

Highest Elevation: 4,700 Feet Above Sea Level

Dangers: Possibility of Flash Floods if precautions are not taken to make sure there are no rain storms occurring either above or within Zion National Park.

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park 

The Narrows: Top-Down Route

 

Description: A long day-hike or a backpack trip down the North Fork of the Virgin River through one of Zion’s most iconic areas, The Narrows.

Distance: 15.4 Miles

Difficulty: Somewhat Strenuous

Highest Elevation: 5,640 Feet Above Sea Level. This hike takes you down 1,200 feet.

Dangers: Possible Flash Floods; Cold Water in Spring and Fall

Permit: Required

Equipment: A Wading Staff is Extremely Important

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

   

The Narrows: From the Bottom Up

 

Description: A hike upstream in the Virgin River that takes you into The Narrows in Zion Canyon]

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 5 Miles round trip

Recommended Equipment: Wet pants when water is cold. Wading Staff all the time.

Jurisdiction: Zion National Park

Deep Creek

 

Description: A backpacking trip that will take  at least two days. The trail follows a wilderness route down Deep Creek until it reaches the Virgin River and The Narrows. The hike drops almost 3,000 feet in elevation.

Distance: 14.2 Miles One Way

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Dangers: Possible Flash Flooding and Possible Cold Waters

Highest Elevation: 7,900 Feet Above Sea Level

Jurisdiction: BLM (Bureau of Land Management), Kanab Field Office; Zion National Park

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