Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 115 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.0 miles 577 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

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!

hiking
3 days ago

Far Most the Best of Zion! We say so Bighorn dessert goals. All the family loved it.

geocaching
7 days ago

Spectacular view and a unique trail. Numerous ledges, several stone overhangs and a neat boardwalk that takes you over a steep ledge. A bit slick in places with the loose sand on the rocks. Worth every minute. Wear good footwear. I watched a few people try with loose sandals. I would not recommend that.

hiking
8 days ago

Perfect for our young family. Challenging enough for them to make it fun, but not too dangerous or difficult. Will definitely want to keep them close to you, though.

hiking
8 days ago

Very short easy hike with an incredible view at the end. Lots of wildlife along the trail, we saw a family of bighorn sheep.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Short and sweet with an amazing view.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a surprisingly easy and fun trail. Parking was a challenge, but the hike wasn't. We left camp early enough to watch the sunrise over the canyon and saw a few bighorn sheep on the trail. Once the canyon was illuminated though, the trail got pretty busy.

24 days ago

1 month ago

Lost of fun with friends

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is an easy trail and we'll worth the effort. The canyon overlook is best viewed at sunrise. There are some neat rock formations and a large alcove along the way. Keep your eyes open for Bighorn. Sheep.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazingly this trail has only been around since 1993...it would seem much longer. It's a must on a trip to Zion. It is short and rather easy with little elevation gain, almost all on the climb up from the trailhead by the ranger station at the east end of the tunnel. There are many fantastic views on the hike through Pine Creek Canyon, but that is just the prelude to the amazing view from the cliff overlook above the Great Arch. It is best to go early. The view is better with the sun rising behind you...and the parking spaces in the small lot and along Zion-Mount Carmel Highway go fast. This trail gives you a wonderful way to see Zion Canyon from a special vantage point without having a longer hike like Angels Landing or Observation Point.

2 months ago

my favorite at Zion-which is saying lots!

2 months ago

This was a very enjoyable hike. Fun terrain and great views.

2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Very pretty hike. Easier than it indicates and short. Lots of sheep. Keep driving past and go through the tunnels. It's a really pretty drive too.

3 months ago

A great Zion national starter hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice short trail with a great view.