Canyon Overlook Trail

MODERATE 288 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
190 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!

2 days 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!

7 days ago

Awesome trail and views. Morning light is best.

hiking
10 days ago

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

Beautiful views throughout the entire hike!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful views of the canyon. Easy trek , definitely going back with my kiddos in the spring!

hiking
20 days ago

This is our second trip to Zion and decided to hike all the trails we didnt do the first time....this is one of them.
The trail is an easy out and back with a few narrow sections but dont let the short distance fool you, this is a wonderful morning warm up hike or a family friendly one with an incredible view of Zion at the end.

Experienced hiker or just visiting....do it...its worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Breath taking views of the lower canyon in Zion. Very easy on the knees as the path is well traveled and flat for parts of it. High incline in the beginning but worth the effort. The overlook is beautiful and can get crowded midday.

1 month ago

Nice way to start at Zion with an easy stroll to a beautiful overlook at the end of a trail.

1 month ago

Views are amazing at sunset! Great lookout point to see the mountains and canyons, not too hard of a hike, slippery at points so if it rains be careful

hiking
1 month ago

Good option if short on time, made it up in 16 min before sunset at a brisk pace. Amazing views, worth the stop.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail if you're short on time. I was passing through to the Grand Canyon in November, and this was great because you can drive to the trailhead (cars were not allowed further north in the park), and it is only 1 miles and flat besides a small staircase.

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking views of Zion all throughout the path. Never a dull moment. It may seem a little scary at times as there are edges close to the cliff but do-able and worth it! Go early in the morning less crowded! Afternoon you see a bunch of people ! There are handrails through out a few parts so you feel safe. For a first real hike this the best one to start with I’d say !

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to see the canyon! One of the best in the park, I'd agree. Trail can be a little scary at times, walking right along the edge of the mountain, but worth the fear! Stairs to begin, but only within the first couple hundred feet. Very fun if you like climbing on rocks.

walking
1 month ago

Great with the kids. Fun, simple hike, with a nice overlook at the end. Lots of red rock to climb on.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike with a great pay off. Trail starts at the end of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. When exiting the tunnel coming from Zion National Park entrance (Springdale) if you look left there will be a ranger station and the steps to the trail right next to it. If you proceed to drive you will see the Parking for this trail on your left hand side. Parking is limited and people tend to park on the side of the road.

The start of this hike is a bit tricky when you reach the chains but its really not that hard just hold on and watch your footing. I saw many families with lots of children doing this easy / almost Moderate hike. Take your time and watch your step along few narrows parts. Not much shade provided so bring sun block and your hats. Don't feed the animals! These little chipmunks are not scared of humans and are probably used to people feeding but don't be that person!

Well worth the short time do this hike but it does get crowded in the afternoon. I highly recommend this hike for anyone who doesn't plan on doing Angels Landing Hike.

2 months ago

Amazing view and fun trail getting there

2 months ago

Easy hike for amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! We got up to get there for sunrise and it was well worth it! This trail can get really crowded. We watched the sun move and the colors change on the canyon- awesome! Mostly easy, but there are some tough areas.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a really fun hike. I wouldn't say it's "easy", more on the moderate side, though I saw all age groups coming and going. If you don't like heights/narrow trails this may not be for you. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes! I saw someone in flip-flops and other barefoot! Not a good idea.

Not a bad hike for my 4 yr old. Lots to see and not too hard. Enjoyed it!

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