Zion National Park in Utah is a popular destination in the Southwestern United states with 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 for miles up a river with sheer canyon walls on either side of you, or hike the Angels Landing Trail with 21 switchbacks to the top for a great lookout. This geologically unique area has colorful sandstone canyons, high plateaus, and rock towers. Natural arches and exposed formations of the Colorado Plateau make up a large wilderness of diverse ecosystems. Route 9, which traverses the park from east to west, is open year-round to private vehicles. Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions during and immediately following storms. Icy spots remain through the winter.
A great hike. It's a workout for the first mile as you switchback up the face of the cliff. After that there are lots of fun little rock scrambles but mainly flat hiking through the canyon to the arch. Easy coming back down. Once you are back to the parking lot, make sure you take the time to jaunt up the very short trail to Weeping Rock. It's easy, short and totally worth it.
Kristy D. on The Zion Narrows Riverside Walk
We could only do part of this hike but was a very gentle and easy walk up to the river. When we got to the river we attempted it in bare feet and was just too cold after about 1/4 mile. Definitely would love to do it again in the summer.
Kristy D. on Canyon Overlook Trail
Very pretty hike. Easier than it indicates and short. Lots of sheep. Keep driving past and go through the tunnels. It's a really pretty drive too.
Kristy D. on Lower Emerald Pool Trail
Slow easy hike. Loved it for an after lunch adventure.
Kristy D. on Angels Landing Trail
This trail is a challenge. The ascent is a solid workout. Spectacular views and an adrenaline rush. Hanging from the side of the mountain for the first time was something I won't soon forget. If you are averse to heights, best to avoid the final push to the peak.
Kristy D. on The Watchman Trail
Nice easy trail. Great views.
Hiked Thanksgiving Day. Switchbacks pretty much define this trail, however at no point did I feel that there was any real danger for myself or my 11yr old. We took our time and stopped for a long lunch and some exploring in the slot canyons (which was our favorite part of the trail). Unfortunately we started too late to finish the trail (needed extra 45mins and it was getting dark) though the more fit & driven wife ditched us and made it up and back in time.
Was surprised how busy it was on Thanksgiving Day, but the views were absolutely worth it. Saw a bunch of mountain goats on the way back just off trail
Great views of the river down the valley. Not to strenuous at all. We walked back down along the river back to the Lodge and had lunch there. Came within several feet of some deer when we turned a corner on the river which was cool. Not nearly as crowded as emerald pools trail