Explore the most popular camping trails in Zion National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


Did this hike the afternoon we got intoZion. Not too hard but definitely worked up a sweat. Beautiful view and walking access from the visitors center.

love love it! must do when your in Zion.

Loved this hike and would definately do it again!

Need to take water in April, the streams were dry so don’t count on the streams running.
The trail is easy will take 2 - 2:30 hrs to reach camp 1

Great day trip away from the craziness that is Las Vegas. Fun trail with 46 little creek crossings (as of 4/11/18). Last .5mi hike up to the arch is a little more strenuous but well worth it in the end.

Not a ton of wildlife, squirrels, birds, and a crazy turkey. About a 6 hour hike where we saw about 20 people on the trail with us. Pretty busy for a Wednesday.

on The Watchman Trail

6 days ago

Loved this trail. It has a few switch backs and is at a pretty steady incline, however it does level off and I never felt exhausted or too out of breath. At the top is a wonderful panoramic view of the west side of Zion. I personally would stop at the overlook next time, because I felt like the loop at the end did not provide any views or anything that I hadn’t already come across at the overlook, but if you want more exercise go for it! Overall a wonderful and short trail. Took us roughly 1.5 hours round trip.

We did West Rim top down to the grotto. Beautiful hike! We hardly saw anyone the first 12 miles and the last 5 began to get more crowded. A few steep sections but overall not bad. Zion is breath taking and this hike is an amazing way to see everything! We did it in a day but camping overnight wouldn't be a bad idea. It was very windy in April and cool so I recommend lots of layers. Something to cover my ears would have been nice too.

9 days ago

great little trail with running water, birds and flowers. at the top is a wonderful view and a short loop that offers another view point and the curls around back to the top.

We did this trail in the morning. The views were beautiful. The trail is rocky with dirt but no large rocks to climb up. It was busy but not overcrowded.
I found this trail doable and the Archaeology Trail which is listed ad easy not so much. The Archaeology Trail has a very steep, rocky downward incline. I watched someone go up but almost could not get down.
I would suggest walking sticks.
So I loved this trail! Wear your hikers use your walking stocks and go!

Beautiful views

You can use you Chest High Fly fishing Waders up to Wall Street. I didn't go past Wall Street. I don't know if there were any boulders to scramble over up to bug springs.

Low trafficked trail with amazing views and steep elevation gains. Wear sunscreen and waterproof shoes. The Little Siberia section will likely have snow.

16 days ago

spectacular views! did an overnight hike from lava point to The Grotto many years ago with my friend and four of our kids. Although the boys were quite young at the time they still remember it to this day.

exactly what you'd expect. We'll defined trail, heavily trafficked, semi steep for first 2/3 then slowly levels off. get to the top and do the loop extension to get the best panoramic views. Lots of family's and kids so take water and goat your own pace you'll love it! parking at the visitors center can be tough...we fought for 45min to find a spot at 1130am.

One of the best hikes of my life! More strenuous than I thought it would be because the current was stronger than I anticipated. Incredibly beautiful though. Must do!

A great hike to get a panoramic view of the lower valley. A few switch backs and always going up but I didn’t feel like it was ever that steep. Rock steps in several sections. Great area at top to take in the view and rest. I think this is listed as a moderate trail in the park guide. I’m slightly afraid of heights and there were a couple of hikes in Zion I couldn’t do due to sheer drop offs and narrow paths. I just wanted to mention that I did all of the moderate hikes in the guide and did fine with the heights.

awesome hike, go in the morning to beat the crowd!

24 days ago

What makes this hike good is the accessibility and its relative ease - no need to wait for the Zion bus, just start out from the visitor center with a short walk alongside the river and then head up the trail . The steeper sections are easy to negotiate using the “steps” made from the rock and there always seemed to be a gentle section to help you recover. Use these sections to stop and look around and admire the views which quickly appear as you rise above the continued floor. Great panoramas of the lower end of the canyon and out over Springdale from the top make this well worth the time - a great Zion introductory hike to blow the cobwebs off your boots!

long hike but worth it!

An absolutely gorgeous hike! The arch is very impressive and the views for the whole hike are amazing. The hike to the arch is fairly easy, however the hike back up the trail is tough as it is mostly uphill. It was just a bit muddy in spots but mostly dry.

28 days ago

Did this hike and it had an amazing view from when you start and when you end. Well worth the hike.

I did this hike with my boyfriend a couple days ago. We started at Angels Landing and ended at campsite 8 in Telephone Canyon. It is approximately 17 miles round trip. There is a lot of ascending on the way there, it took us approximately 5 and half hours to get to our camp. Campsite 8 was a haul, but offered good protection from the wind and was close to the water source. The trip back was mostly down hill and we knocked it out in a little over 3 hours. Beautiful views from start to finish! The trip out was difficult with the extra weight on my back. Be sure to pack enough water.

Went in early March. Saw maybe 20 people tops making this an incredible and peaceful hike. The water got waist deep at times. We rented our gear from Zion Adventures - full body, camera bags, and stick. Glad we did. The stick definitely helped balance us out. Overall moderate hike. Unlike any hike I’d ever done before.

So beautiful and very hard on my thighs and coordination! I fell in at one point (I’m not very experienced) but it was all worth it for the once in a lifetime views and experience.

This was a great hike for early march. You get to experience different climates which is cool, and gain elevation quickly due to the trail switchbacks. Other than it being moderately tiring just due to the elevation gain, it’s a good and very doable hike for all levels. Once you reach the “top” continue a very short ways down on the “loop trail just until you come up to the opening where you get the killer view of Zion at all angles. Great spot for lunch and pictures.

This was a fun little trip, the trail was a easy enough of a hike but got a little more difficult as I was approaching the Arch. Also at first I didn't see where the Arch was because it was so far from where the trail technically ends. But the other views of the mountains made up for it.

1 month ago

This was a moderately difficult hike, and it leads to some great views although you can see some buildings down below. In my opinion, it gave me a different perspective of some of the peaks.

no dogs. it's park land. the sign clearly says no dogs.

Wonderful views from the top. Worth the trip.

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