Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Canyon Overlook Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.0 miles 127 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Canyon Overlook Trail is a moderate out and back 1 mile RT offering some of the most breathtaking shots of Zion Canyon ever photographed. The trail itself short and not steep; the elevation gain is 100 ft between the parking lot and the viewpoint. The trailhead is a collection of stone steps that ascend the stone ridge directly above north side of road, across the street from the parking lot. The trail passes through shaded alcoves with ferns and trees, across a planked boardwalk and through a moist grotto, and over bare slickrock, wandering its way to edge of impressive cliff overlook. The expanse of Zion Canyon is open before Overlook, with its monumental formations visible on either side of canyon. You can see the road as it switchbacks below the west end of the Mount Carmel Tunnel. The West Temple, Towers of the Virgins, Streaked Wall, and Beehives all make up part of this tremendous view. The East Temple rises directly above the Overlook, towering more than 2,200 ft above the canyon floor. The Great Arch lies recessed into the cliff-face below the Overlook, carving its way through eons into solid sandstone. the TH can be reached by following Hwy 9, to east entrance of Mount Carmel Tunnel, directly below the East Temple Saddle. Parking area on south side, and TH across street, on north side of road. Note you cannot make a left turn into the parking lot if traveling from the east, BUT there is parking along the road about a quarter mile BEFORE you reach the parking lot. This hike is one of Zion's highlights, don't miss it!

7 days ago

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.

7 days ago

A great Zion national starter hike!

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9 days ago

Nice short trail with a great view.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Surprisingly fun trail, packs a punch for being shorter trail, definitely would try to fit it in!!! Great view at the end

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5 months ago

The moderate elevation gain is balanced by the relatively short length of the trail making this an easy hike for most people. The views are excellent. I visited in the afternoon, but I would imagine sunrises are fantastic. Parking can be an issue.

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5 months ago

Great views at the end of this short trail! It should be rated as "easy". This is not a trail of moderate difficulty.

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6 months ago

This an easy hike and very doable with small children. Just make sure to hold their hands tightly on some portions of the trails. The bridge under the rock is fun and the views at the end are spectacular!

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7 months ago

This was my first time hike. Was thrilling.

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7 months ago

Gorgeous, easy hike with incredible views.

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7 months ago

Very nice trail. We came through the main tunnel and luckily found a parking space at the end of the tunnel (cars only). Spotted mountain sheep across the canyon near the start. Spectacular view at the over look.

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7 months ago

Apr 23, 2016 - Saturday - We drove through the tunnels and hit this trail on the way back into town. The trailhead is immediately after the last tunnel and includes a pair of pit toilets that were particularly nasty. The trail is pretty easy to hike, but includes a couple of areas that made some hug the wall due to the drop-off. At the top you'll have the opportunity to get as close to death as you like. There's plenty of areas to spread out and take in the amazing view to the west. Many people headed there for the sunset.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Short but spectacular! Good chance you'll see Bighorn Sheep on this one.

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8 months ago

We did this and the emerald pool trial on the same day for a pretty easy day of hiking. The trail itself is easy, but if you are afraid of heights, I could see this being slightly overwhelming. I absolutely loved the views from the top of this trail, extremely worth it. We also ran into a lot mountain sheep along the way which definitely added to the personal flair of this trail!

8 months ago

Perfect view of Zion Canyon

8 months ago

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Awesome short, quick, easy trail, ending with an amazing view overlooking the canyon. Most of the steeper drop-offs are fenced.

11 months ago

This was the first trail we did in Zion and it was really beautiful. The Big Horn Sheep welcomed us! They were by the parking area posing for everyone to take pictures. The trail is very easy to follow, there's a real cool grotto on trail and the scenery is of course amazing!