Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 305 reviews
#5 of 84 trails in

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
190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

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!

9 hours ago

Short hike with beautiful views at the end. Fairly easy for all ages.

3 days ago

Quick, easy hike. Interesting one with lots of variances. Great view

3 days ago

Fun little hike with a lot to see. Did this hike at the spur of the moment on our way out of the park. It was an easy trail but don’t take it for granted. We had already changed our shoes and wished we had our hiking shoe back on. Very cool rock formations up at the observation area.

7 days ago

I love the view, just too short. It’s easy, not hard.

26 days ago

It does have steep drop offs I was nervous with my 3 year old. But she listened good and it was a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view.

1 month ago

It was a fairly easy and short hike and the view was out-standing. We got to the top just as the sun was rising and words can’t describe how beautiful it is. Fantastic!

1 month ago

Awesome trail and views. Morning light is best.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect place to watch sunset! Very easy hike, good viewpoint.

1 month ago

Beautiful views throughout the entire hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the canyon. Easy trek , definitely going back with my kiddos in the spring!

hiking
1 month ago

This is our second trip to Zion and decided to hike all the trails we didnt do the first time....this is one of them.
The trail is an easy out and back with a few narrow sections but dont let the short distance fool you, this is a wonderful morning warm up hike or a family friendly one with an incredible view of Zion at the end.

Experienced hiker or just visiting....do it...its worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Breath taking views of the lower canyon in Zion. Very easy on the knees as the path is well traveled and flat for parts of it. High incline in the beginning but worth the effort. The overlook is beautiful and can get crowded midday.

2 months ago

Nice way to start at Zion with an easy stroll to a beautiful overlook at the end of a trail.

2 months ago

Views are amazing at sunset! Great lookout point to see the mountains and canyons, not too hard of a hike, slippery at points so if it rains be careful

hiking
2 months ago

Good option if short on time, made it up in 16 min before sunset at a brisk pace. Amazing views, worth the stop.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail if you're short on time. I was passing through to the Grand Canyon in November, and this was great because you can drive to the trailhead (cars were not allowed further north in the park), and it is only 1 miles and flat besides a small staircase.

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking views of Zion all throughout the path. Never a dull moment. It may seem a little scary at times as there are edges close to the cliff but do-able and worth it! Go early in the morning less crowded! Afternoon you see a bunch of people ! There are handrails through out a few parts so you feel safe. For a first real hike this the best one to start with I’d say !

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to see the canyon! One of the best in the park, I'd agree. Trail can be a little scary at times, walking right along the edge of the mountain, but worth the fear! Stairs to begin, but only within the first couple hundred feet. Very fun if you like climbing on rocks.

walking
3 months ago

Great with the kids. Fun, simple hike, with a nice overlook at the end. Lots of red rock to climb on.

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