Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 357 reviews
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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 rated as moderate. 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

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
2 days ago

We arrived at the trailhead which is just after you exit the tunnel. There are only 10 parking spots and we were fortunate that just as we drove in a car was leaving allowing a place for us. The hike was easy and very interesting with rock overhangs above us. At the end of the trail the vista of the canyon open to a spectacular view. On the walk back we were fortunate to see a young mountain sheep grazing right on the trail, it was a wonderful experience.

hiking
5 days ago

this is one of my favorite trail...short thou steep and various areas exposed to cliff..pls kids be careful especially when its wet from the rain. the view was amazing of course!

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6 days ago

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10 days ago

Great quick short hike with a great view. We even saw Big horn sheep.

hiking
15 days ago

Definitely worth doing!

17 days ago

Love this trail. Go there early in the morning to get the parking spot. It is a fun trip for kids, a little challenging but doable. Saw a family of bighorn sheep along the slope.

hiking
22 days ago

great hike. short and sweet. some mud on trail. great views. parking was challenging.

23 days ago

Fun hike wrapping around a ledge. Limited Parking. View at the end was good, similar to view from road on other side of tunnel

24 days ago

Super fun trail for those who want a little risk. Kids loved the drop offs but somewhat safe with the rails and fencing. Great views.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked on Saturday, 24 March. Got to the trailhead at 0750 and scored the last parking spot in the only and final lot (12 spaces!) accessible from the east, just before the trailhead. There are a few turnouts for parking prior to this lot, so if there's heavy traffic as you are driving in, you may want to grab an open spot, otherwise, you'll have to drive all the way thru the long tunnel and turn around, and even the lot by the trailhead accessible only from the west has only 8 +1 handicap spot!
Trail itself was in great shape, just a little muddy in spots. Railings are available for faint of heart except in one somewhat slippery spot at a water seep that could be perilous if you slipped. All I needed was a railing here to allow my lady, who has a bad knee and fear of heights to join me the rest of the way. View at the terminus was spectacular! Well worth the hike!

1 month ago

Pretty easy hike that ultimately gets you to an amazing view. Would highly recommend for anyone.

hiking
1 month ago

Went here for my first hike of the day and it didn't disappoint me. Awesome view of the canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

I actually liked the view here better than Angels Landing. And it wasn’t as crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Super short trail but mostly upward. Some drop offs on the side but only once or twice. Great place to watch the sunset but get there early for a good spot if you plan on takin g pictures. Would definitely do again.

1 month ago

Great short hike with a nice view at the end. Very busy, however.

1 month ago

Great hike - we had 5 little ones (ages 5-7) in tow and there are some mildly hairy parts but overall the entire group loved the hike and the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Such a great hike! Not too difficult, beautiful terrain, spectacular views, good for kids (maybe 7 and up). Don't miss the parking lot! If you're approaching from the west....turn right immediately out of the tunnel! It's a little difficult to turn around if you miss it and you can't get into the lot if going the other direction; you'll have to park along the narrow road. Shade is scarce so go in the morning if it's summer.

1 month ago

Super easy trail. First hike we did in Zion in October 2017. Views are astounding.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy trek if you are visiting Zion in the off season and still want to get a great vista without the snow climbing. Very easy hike in about half a mile with a fun bridge to cross and a jaw dropping scenery once you reach the end. It’s about a mile round trip, good easy activity.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is so beautiful so much different terrain. Longer than a mile round trip probably 1.5 but easy!

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

2 months 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
3 months ago

Beautiful view.

3 months 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!

3 months ago

Awesome trail and views. Morning light is best.

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Beautiful views throughout the entire hike!

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