Kayenta Trail

MODERATE 105 reviews
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Kayenta Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

Directions from South Entrance: Drive northward to the visitor center and park your car. Board the Zion shuttle and take it to The Grotto approximately five miles north in Zion Canyon. The trail begins on the western side of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

1 month ago

One of the reviewers commented that the Emerald Pools were a big disappointment. We agree. The water flow was minimal. But once we advanced on the Kayenta trail we were really pleased at the views down canyon. Note, on the Kayenta Trail the trail makers call it The Grotto. The Grotto takes you down by the river which I think would have been a great relaxing finish. Unfortunately, it was in the 90s and we weren’t in to it at that time.

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1 month ago

I definitely recommend starting with this trail for some rad views of the park. This trail in connection with upper and lower emerald pools made for a decent hike. Kayenta was my favorite part though.

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1 month ago

Took this to go to upper emerald pool and came down the emerald pool trail. Pretty views all the way to the top. Middle pool was disappointing but upper pool was nice especially with some rocks to scramble on.

2 months ago

We hiked from the Grotto to the Emerald pools great canyon views and little congestion

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2 months ago

Great views not too strenuous

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2 months ago

We took this back from Emerald pools as well. It was a great way to see more of the landscapes of Zion, rather than doing an out and back.

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2 months ago

easy hike with wonderful views and a few surprising features along the way, took this trail to the lower emerald pools. definitely a high traffic trail.

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2 months ago

We hike this back after doing Emerald pools trail and we’re glad we did is we got even better views and also much less crowded. A little longer but worth it

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2 months ago

Nice hike that connects the emerald pools trails to the Grotto stop which connects to Angel’s Landing. Is a great option when the trial is crowded since most people take the emerald trials back down to the lodge.

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3 months ago

We took the Kayenta trail from the Grotto bus stop towards the Emerald pools. The trail was pretty easy going, but the views both up and down the canyon were pretty amazing. This trail is definitely worth the time to explore.

4 months ago

Took this trail up and continued onto the Kayenta trail. Very beautiful and an easy walk. I even did it with my 10 month old in his jogging stroller. Handled the bumps and rocks just fine. The inclines weren’t a problem either. A few parts we had to lift the stroller up and down some rocky steps. But didn’t slow us down at all. Will definitely do it again.

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5 months ago

Amazing views in the morning and evening without being too difficult for anyone. Lady Mountain is inspiring and the views of the Virgin River in the valley are beautiful

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6 months ago

I was not expecting much from this short trail but it turned out to have my favorite views of Zion. This trail connects to the Emerald Pools Trail, which I found a little underwhelming. I also did Observation Point the day before, and loved the views there as well, but the scenery at Kayenta Trail blew me away. It’s a nice easy hike, perfect for an evening stroll to watch the sunset.

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8 months ago

Loved this trail. Much better than lower emerald and leads to upper emerald as well. Steady include at first but levels off with amazing views of the Canyon.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A great hike between The Grotto and the Lodge to avoid the crowds of people.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Good trail for early evening photography. Lots of great views and well lit cliff faces across the valley with good elevation for wide angle and telephoto shots. Rather than return to the Lodge via the Grotto trail, there is a much nicer path along the river just after crossing the bridge.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Started at Grotto Trolley Stop #6. Crossed bridge and turned left onto Kayenta Trail. Followed trail to Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools. Backtracked to Lower Pool and hiked back to the Zion Lodge, then took the Grotto Trail back to Trolley Stop #6 to end. Approx. 4.0 miles. Trail crowded with a bunch of "non-hikers" today.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Took this to the Emerald Pools Trails. The Lower pools are closed, but I would suggest this route as an alternative either way. It has some pretty views, and was a nice cool down after Observation Point. It is pretty crowded though. For more specific details, you can check out my blog: https://goo.gl/vwWQRx

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

This is a very pretty hike and not difficult at all. The lower falls are closed right now and the middle ones are okay, but the upper pool and fall was beautiful. The only downside is that the trail and pools were crawling with people. It was super crowded and rather slow-going as a result.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

This is a short trail along the west wall of the main canyon that connects the West Rim Trail and Grotto picnic area with the Emerald Pools Trail. It remains relatively level for much of its length. There are some wonderful views from above the Virgin River, looking to the southern end of the canyon. It is best when combined with some of the other surrounding trails.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

not as crowded as other trails. beautiful scenery. not too steep or difficult

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Took this trail to get to emerald pools

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Great views of the river down the valley. Not to strenuous at all. We walked back down along the river back to the Lodge and had lunch there. Came within several feet of some deer when we turned a corner on the river which was cool. Not nearly as crowded as emerald pools trail

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Make this a loop -with Emerald Pools, including Upper pools, for a longer a little more challenging hike than the pools alone. Approximately 4 miles. Be ok for kids, not to young or you probably carry them some.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

We hiked this trail from the Emerald Pools. Much easier that way than starting from the Grotto. Mostly downhill. We hiked it in the middle of the day so it was hot with very little shade. Awesome views of the river.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

What a wonderful hike. My son and I hiked this yesterday afternoon. Leaving from the Grotto and ending at the Zion lodge is quite a uphill moderate hike. The views of the canyon were beautiful. Plenty of places to stop for photos and snack breaks. The path is easy on the feet and takes you through a nice stretch of pine and cactus. Highly recommended for all. My advice is to hike from the Grotto to the Middle Emerald pool. From there visit the upper pool and then follow the Emerald trail down to the Lodge. Very, very nice.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Compared to others in the area, this hike is suitable for all ages. It offers greats views of the Virgin River and the peaks in the distance. Because of the crowds, this trail is best suited as a fill-in trail when you have an extra hour or two to kill in your schedule.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pair it with the emerald pools hike for an even better experience!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Easy and pretty. Great views of Zion Canyon.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

This trail was honestly disappointing. The pools were basically algae infested ponds, but the massive cliff faces made up for the disappointing aquatics. This trail was overly crowded, especially at the ponds. This trail should be lower on your list when in the park.

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