Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 234 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!

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8 hours ago

This is a really fun hike. I wouldn't say it's "easy", more on the moderate side, though I saw all age groups coming and going. If you don't like heights/narrow trails this may not be for you. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes! I saw someone in flip-flops and other barefoot! Not a good idea.

hiking
11 hours ago

Not a bad hike for my 4 yr old. Lots to see and not too hard. Enjoyed it!

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24 days ago

Such a fun quick trail. The view at the end is amazing. One of my favorites in Zion.

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25 days ago

Juice was well worth the squeeze. Short hike with some pretty cool views of a slot canyon below. Eventually you get the end where you have a breath taking view of the park from above. Not that hard of a hike. My 3 year old and 19 month old did it holding our hands. Cool to take the Mt. Carmel tunnel as well. Parking is tough though. We got really lucky.

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26 days ago

Good views!

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26 days ago

Very short and easy hike with a nice view at the end.

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1 month ago

Very simple hike but if you have a fear of heights just be a little cautious. Plenty of railings for safety and amazing views. Just took some photos of the sunrise with brilliant pink colors