Kayenta Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from South Entrance: Drive northward to the visitor center and park your car. Board the Zion shuttle and take it to The Grotto approximately five miles north in Zion Canyon. The trail begins on the western side of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
Took this trail to get to emerald pools
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
Make this a loop -with Emerald Pools, including Upper pools, for a longer a little more challenging hike than the pools alone. Approximately 4 miles. Be ok for kids, not to young or you probably carry them some.
We hiked this trail from the Emerald Pools. Much easier that way than starting from the Grotto. Mostly downhill. We hiked it in the middle of the day so it was hot with very little shade. Awesome views of the river.
What a wonderful hike. My son and I hiked this yesterday afternoon. Leaving from the Grotto and ending at the Zion lodge is quite a uphill moderate hike. The views of the canyon were beautiful. Plenty of places to stop for photos and snack breaks. The path is easy on the feet and takes you through a nice stretch of pine and cactus. Highly recommended for all. My advice is to hike from the Grotto to the Middle Emerald pool. From there visit the upper pool and then follow the Emerald trail down to the Lodge. Very, very nice.
Compared to others in the area, this hike is suitable for all ages. It offers greats views of the Virgin River and the peaks in the distance. Because of the crowds, this trail is best suited as a fill-in trail when you have an extra hour or two to kill in your schedule.
Pair it with the emerald pools hike for an even better experience!
Easy and pretty. Great views of Zion Canyon.
This trail was honestly disappointing. The pools were basically algae infested ponds, but the massive cliff faces made up for the disappointing aquatics. This trail was overly crowded, especially at the ponds. This trail should be lower on your list when in the park.
Nice moderate hike. We made a loop from the upper Emerald Falls trail connecting to the Grotto trail. Nice views!
Took the Kayenta trail as the return hike from the Upper Emerald Pool. This is an easy to moderate hike and one of the warmest areas in the park. We were there early afternoon and it was 90+ on the trail. Points along the trail give good views of the canyon below.
Nice hike especially when combined with the Emerald Pools trail.
Made this a loop trail using the Grotto Trail, Kayenta Trail and the Lower Emerald pool trail from Zion Lodge.