Zion Hikes

For more than 8,000 years, humans have called the area surrounding Zion National Park home. Today, it attracts nearly 4 million visitors annually and continues to be one of the country’s most unique natural environments – home to a huge variety of unusual plants and animals throughout the four separate life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Once inside you’ll find spectacular geography, including mountains (the tallest standing 8,726 ft. (2,660 m) high), canyons as deep as 3,666 ft. (1,117 m), monoliths, rivers, natural arches and much more.

Click ‘+MORE INFO’ below for a list of the 10 Best Hiking Trails in Zion National Park.

THE TOP 10 HIKING TRAILS IN ZION NATIONAL PARK

#1. Observation Point (12.7km, 650m, 4-5h): This stunning hike brings trekkers to the most scenic viewpoint in the entire park – Observation Point. Towering above the entire Zion Canyon, this route is longer, harder, and less crowded than the famous Angel’s Landing (and truly a gem of a hike).

#2. Angel’s Landing (8.2km, 505m, 2-2.5h): Easily the most popular hike in the park, the trail up to Angel’s Landing is often underestimated. After a long climb and an exposed traverse, however, the stunning views of the canyon from the summit always seem worth it.

#3. Taylor Creek Trail (9.3km, 193m, 1.5-2h): Inside the quiet Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park, the Taylor Creek Trail runs beside the middle fork of the Taylor Creek. Leading in between stunning sandstone lined cliff faces, this gorgeous hike pays homage to the Double Arch Alcove at its terminus.

#4. Pa’rus River Trail (2.7km, 0m, 0.5-0.75h): This wonderfully peaceful and exquisitely beautiful train leads along the Virgin River from the campground beside the visitors centre all the way to Canyon Junction. As it stays relatively flat, this route is great for the whole family.

#5. Canyon Overlook (1.8km, 44m, 0.5-0.75h): Contouring the famous Zion – Mount Carmel Tunnel, the Canyon Overlook trail yields spectacular views of both the Zion and Pine Creek Canyons. A few stunning feats of engineering have also reduced the amount of climbing that would normally be required and makes this path very accessible for almost all skill levels.

#6. Hidden Canyon (3.9km, 225m, 2-2.5h): Accessed by part of the trail for Observation Point, the Hidden Canyon hike leads up markedly fewer switchbacks than many others in the area to a lush slot canyon. Angel’s Landing style chains line the upper part of the trail, however they are nowhere near as scary.

#7. The Narrows (7.9km, 91m, 1.75-2.25h): As you follow the rushing Virgin River instead of a normal trail, this route should be classified as a ‘wade’ not a hike. Going up a slot canyon formed in the Virgin River, you are bound to get soaking wet on this world famous trek!

#8. East Rim Trail (9.7km, 178m, 1.25-1.5h): Exploring the rolling hills east of the main canyon, the East Rim Trail yields stunning views at a low physical cost. Continue along the trail as long as you like and bask in the sandstones domes, cliffs, and canyons.

#9. Emerald Pools (4.8km, 260m, 1.25-1.5h): This gentle hike brings trekkers up to the stunning spring-fed three-tiered Emerald Pools, with fantastic views of the sandstone cliffs lining the valley. Most of the trail is reasonably well shaded, making this a great hike for hotter days.

#10. Weeping Wall (0.8km, 49m, 0.25-0.5h): This short, steep trail leads to the scenic and secluded Weeping Rock. A natural spring in the rock, the overhanging cave plays host to a plethora of hanging plants. A beautiful place to hangout on hot days!

01. OBSERVATION POINT

01. OBSERVATION POINT

  • Difficulty
  • 12.7km
  • 650m
  • 4-5h

02. ANGEL’S LANDING

02. ANGEL’S LANDING

  • Difficulty
  • 8.2km
  • 505m
  • 2-2.5h

03. TAYLOR CREEK TRAIL

03. TAYLOR CREEK TRAIL

  • Difficulty
  • 9.3km
  • 193m
  • 1.5-2h

04. PA’RUS RIVER TRAIL

04. PA’RUS RIVER TRAIL

  • Difficulty
  • 2.7km
  • 0m
  • 0.5-0.75h

05. CANYON OVERLOOK

05. CANYON OVERLOOK

  • Difficulty
  • 1.8km
  • 44m
  • 0.5-0.75h

06. HIDDEN CANYON

06. HIDDEN CANYON

  • Difficulty
  • 3.9km
  • 225m
  • 2-2.5h

07. THE NARROWS

07. THE NARROWS

  • Difficulty
  • 7.9km
  • 91m
  • 1.75-2.25h

08. EAST RIM TRAIL

08. EAST RIM TRAIL

  • Difficulty
  • 9.7km
  • 178m
  • 1.25-1.5h

09. EMERALD POOLS

09. EMERALD POOLS

  • Difficulty
  • 4.8km
  • 260m
  • 1.25-1.5h

10. WEEPING WALL

10. WEEPING WALL

  • Difficulty
  • 0.8km
  • 49m
  • 0.25-0.5h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir