Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 163 reviews
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Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
577 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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!

4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome view. It's a really cool hike, definitely recommend if you want a quick experience of Zion

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing hike!!! Great views, not too steep, but still a good workout! There were tons of Western Bighorn Sheep when I went, and they were extremely friendly and fascinating! I recommend this hike to anyone in Zion looking for a jaw dropping view.

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7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Go early, parking is very limited. This is an amazing spot with incredible views and a sheer cliff down into the valley. A bighorn sheep even walked 5 feet in front of us!

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18 days ago

Easy, high payoff hike to a beautiful overlook. More of a walk than a hike.

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26 days ago

amazing view with a short hike. Amazing to be able to walk around the observation area. You have to drive to get there, you cannot take the tram.

hiking
26 days ago

Super short, super easy trail. Great views at the end. The trail isn't marked as well as it probably could be. It is easy to mistake a side trail for the main trail and get detoured, which isn't a big deal. They all lead to the overlook. Good warm up hike.

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30 days ago

A bit of workout on this short trail but oh so worth it! Many spots to stop and take in the view. The breathtaking panorama at the top is definitely a great reward. We spent a bit over an hour here and took like a hundred photos. Highly recommended.

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