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Zion Canyon Overlook Trail

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Zion National Park

Zion Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 442 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

no dogs

This trail offers some of the most breathtaking views of Zion Canyon. The trail itself short and not steep. 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 can 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
1 day ago

Very crowded and a bit hard to get to, but enjoyable due to its short hike length. You have to strategize your parking while coming down towards the tunnel (not away from the park). We parked off the shoulder about .25 miles north of the trailhead. My husband carried our 8-month old in a front carrier and she loved it. We shouldn’t have left at 10 am in July heat though! Nursed the little one under the cool rock covering about halfway up. The lookout at the top is nice! Gave us something enjoyable to do since we couldn’t get shuttle tickets to get up the scenic route. We used hiking sticks and were glad we had them on a few sandy patches of slick rock. Wear sturdy shoes!

hiking
1 day ago

Great at sunset!

Easy hike, I arrived on Saturday the 4th of July right before the gate at the east entrance closed at 8. No problem finding parking and got up just in time to see the sunset.

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rocky
3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

Crowded

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great!
4 days ago

Parking is very very limited but if you can find a spot....wow, beautiful trail with the most amazing views of Zion. The trail is a little hairy, a few spots you are walking on the edge of a drop off, but it is totally manageable.

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scramble
5 days ago

Amazing views overlooking Pine Canyon, part of Zion National Park! Big drop-off fun trail very exciting little adventure.

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9 days ago

Quick trail to an amazing view!

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12 days ago

Great short hike to do after a long day of swimming in the river. It easy and marked all the way from start to finish. You get a beautiful view once you get to the top. Parking may be difficult if you arrive near sunset as we did.

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great!
13 days ago

This is one of the most breathtaking one milers I have ever done. Bear in mind that I did this with my 2 year old in a backpack. If in the summer, I recommend hiking this late in the evening before the sun goes down. The crowds should be less as well as a more desirable temperature. The hike begins with a steep set of stairs from the highway. While there is uphill throughout the hike, the rest is gradual. This first section was the most demanding. After leveling out, much of the hike is along the canyon walls. There isn't really any improved trial per se, for much of the hike, just a worn path along the mountain. At one point there is an area where you will walk on a railed bridge that hang out over the abyss. Be prepared for a "wow" moment here are you enter a cave like overhang section with a severe drop off to your left. Take a lot of pictures throughout. There is one section where you may encounter some water seeping out of the rock and making the path a little slick. A little later, there are a couple section where the footing is slightly tricky. This was a very slight challenge with the backpack on. Apart from that, just take in all of the views and make it to the end for the big payoff on the amazing overlook. Turn around and go back to the start of the trail and enjoy the view of the way back.

16 days ago

Fun hike with lots to see.

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18 days ago

It’s open. Get there early to avoid the crowds and find parking. The lots are pretty small. Great trail for all ages.

some pretty awesome views at the end. steepest part is the first quarter mile. can get a bit crowded. but worth the hike

It is now open, 6/19/2020. Beautiful view, very super easy to do. Anyone can do it. Lot’s of traffic through the trail

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21 days ago

Did this trail 6/18. Gets your heart pounding at the start, then levels out somewhat. Some uneven sections and the rocks can be slippery when covered in sand. Cool views at the end. There were small children on the trail when we went; the steepness and unevenness makes it not ideal for them.

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22 days ago

Awesome view at the end of this in-out mile trail.

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rocky
23 days ago

It is open. Kind of hard to find parking but we were able to comfortably park in the compact lot with a truck. The hike it’s around an hour. Maybe more depending on how long you spend at the view. Some steep stairs early and a few high drop offs are the hardest part. My mom who is scared of heights got through it. Views along way in caves are cool and final view is expansive and incredible. Recommend hiking shoes. Good luck!

25 days ago

It's back open! Great trail with amazing views at the end.

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rocky
28 days ago

Hiked this trail today. It was great. Lots of sun. shade here and there. Great views. Lots of people without masks. But everyone was polite.

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28 days ago

Open as of yesterday!!

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closed
1 month ago

Drove past this May 22nd closed. Zion park ranger said it’ll be closed all summer not sure!

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1 month ago

My friends and I hiked this for the sunrise around this time a couple years ago. I would STRONGLY recommend! The sun rises on the opposite side, but it lights up the red rock and canyon so beautifully! It was an easy, quick hike so we didn’t even have to get up *that* early. We also saw super cool birds and some Zion sheep.

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1 month ago

Beautiful view

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closed
1 month ago

Still closed!

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1 month ago

Drove past this today (May 14th) and it is closed.

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