Canyon Overlook Trail

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Canyon Overlook Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

1 mile easy-to-moderate out and back offering some of the most breathtaking views of Zion Canyon. 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 slick rock, 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. This trail be reached by following Highway 9, to east entrance of Mount Carmel Tunnel, directly below the East Temple Saddle. Parking area on south side, and trailhead is across street, on north side. 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!

hiking
6 days ago

1/10/17 great scenary for sunset. quick and easy. parking can be limited. would recommend due to ice on other trails at Zion.

18 days ago

Unbelievable view when you get to the top. Main parking lot is hopeless, try going a bit ahead of tunnel to grab a roadside spot. The rocks may get slippery after rain/ snow. Very easy hike leading to an amazing end!

hiking
22 days ago

Nice and short trail, with spectacular views at the end. There are a couple dropoffs on the side of the trail, so be careful with your footing in a few places. There are 10 parking spots right at the end of the tunnel (if you're coming from the park), with some overflow parking further up the road. I'd recommend getting here early - we ran into a bit of a traffic jam when we were descending through some of the more narrow passageways.

22 days ago

Breathtaking scenery and views! An excellent choice for a beginners hike, short and easy. Quite crowded on a cold December day but fun :)

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, short hike with fantastic views! There's are quite a few dropoffs on the side of trail, so just be cautious with young children and those with a fear of heights. We saw more than one adult freaking out a bit about dropoffs.

1 month ago

Very short hike with a great view relative to the effort of the hike. Limited parking and was fairly busy in middle of the day.

1 month ago

Awesome short hike in Zion. View of Zion Canyon was nice. Took less than 30 minutes to reach the overlook. Not ADA accessible though. Limited parking. There are overflow parking down the road. You can also park alongside the Hwy that permits.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is awesome - very easy to follow and very little elevation gain with amazing views. However it was really crowded just before sunset on a cold December day, so I bet it’s crazy on a nice summer day. The views are amazing though!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short trail with great overlook of Zion. Was very busy trail even in mid November. Also limited parking but there is some alongside the road, but this was also nearly full up.

1 month ago

A crowded but short hike with huge rewarding views at it's stopping point.

2 months ago

Heavily trafficked; however the view at the end and near the end is awe-inspiring

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike, but views are fantastic. Plus, the car ride up to and through the tunnel is worth doing by itself. If you’re going through the park, you’ll need a pass.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous view! Don’t let the beginning climb scare you off, it’s totally doable.

2 months ago

The Park map calls this a moderate trail. There are rails throughout to help so to frequent hikers, this would be considered easy. There is a small wood bridge so if you have a fear of heights, probably not the best trail for you. The view is definitely beautiful all throughout though!

2 months ago

Nice trail. I would rate the hike Easy/Moderate. Very narrow at one point. Lots of great views.

2 months ago

Fun easy hike with great views! A must do if you’re coming past the tunnel on the north side

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. Beautiful views along the way and especially at the end. It was cold in the morning but hats and coats made it perfect!!!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Awesome views. Get an early start with the heat. Not too hard and well worth the effort!

3 months ago

we thought this was the best of the shorter moderate trails. lots to see all the way. it's a popular home so go in early morning since many parts of the trail are too narrow for two way traffic. views along top third of the trail were spectacular!

hiking
4 months ago

Got to the parking lot before sunrise and we were the third car there. On return the lot was full. Get there early. Great hike with wonderful rock formations along the trail and super views at the end. Starts a little steep but flattens quickly. We got to the view point just as the canyon was beginning to glow with the sunrise. There is some exposure but with a little precaution you should be fine

hiking
4 months ago

Go early before 8am or after 5pm if you want to be more alone. Gorgeous views. Easy short hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views, climb isn't bad but any fear of heights, and I do, might be a bit nerve racking, but the view is worth getting past the fear.

hiking
4 months ago

A quick and easy hike on the drive in from Bryce. Great view from the overlook at the end.
https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/06/16/canyon-overlook-zion-national-park/

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous easy hike, did this one just before sunrise, and hiking up in the dark then back down once it was light was like doing two different trails. Pretty and really nice!

hiking
4 months ago

Quick easy hike with incredible views! Plan on going back tomorrow night to view the stars.

hiking
4 months ago

Worth the walk!! Sunny trail take water and your time...the view of Outlook is beautiful! Sandstone is always slippery ...wear good hiking shoes

4 months ago

Awesome views throughout the hike! I would rate this as a more moderate hike, it may be short but there are a couple spots that get a little dicey. Wear good footwear as there are lots of rocks and some steep climbing. We saw a herd of 10 big horned sheep on the hike which was so cool! The viewpoint at the end is incredible!! Definitely do this hike if you are looking for a place to stretch your legs as you drive through the park!

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