Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 199 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!

2 minutes ago

Nice hike with great views of the canyon. Be on the lookout for desert big horn sheep

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2 days ago

Easy hike and absolutely gorgeous views of Zion Canyon. Fun turns and sights along the way as well.

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3 days ago

Easy hike to great views. Almost doesn't feel fair that the views are that good for the little effort you put in.

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12 days ago

This is a short one and everyone can do that. But don't get me wrong, the view at the end is beautiful. If you happen not to do angels landing but still want to get a good overlook of the canyon, do this one.

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22 days ago

(Never mind the bad recording.)

The view at the end of this is worth the hike, though it's easy to lose the trail toward the end.

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26 days ago

Nice out and back trail that is the only improved trail on Zion' s East Rim. Easy for all skill levels. Most is paved or rock and the steep parts have hand rails. Plenty of scenery and the overlook is really nice.

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1 month ago

Nice little hike to a great lookout point