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Petroglyph Pools to Slot Canyon is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Cave

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Muddy

Scramble

Historic site

No dogs

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If you wonder how long those bighorn sheep have been in Zion, you need to see this petroglyph panel. The canyon beyond is a great hike typical of the East Zion canyons. The Park does not like to advertise these petroglyphs, so please be respectful. From the parking area (look for the "no bus parking" sign), look north; just into the canyon there is a sheer cliff. The petroglyphs are at its base. Head north, either along the road or down and under the impressive stone culvert. The petroglyphs are not visible from the wash bottom so watch for the trail cutting over to them. Beyond the petroglyphs, climb the slickrock to the right to continue up the canyon. There is a significant dryfall that is difficult to climb but easy to bypass to the right. Above this is the slot canyon. One dryfall has a convenient staircase next to it, but the next one usually has a pool and most people stop here. It can be bypassed by a ledge on the left side, but does not continue far beyond that.

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Julie Colteryahn
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Great!Off trail

Easy, fun hike. Petroglyphs were so fun to see. The hike up to the slot canyon was challenging for a beginner, but easily manageable. I'd love to go further in the slot canyon in the future.

J Cowden
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Shara Ferrell
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Kayla Benson
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HikingRocky

A little uncomfortable because it's mostly through sand or over small rocks, but petroglyphs are always worth it. The glyphs are protected by a wood railing, which is how I spotted them.

Gary Williams
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Hiking

The boys loved this one. Right now there’s hardly any water in the pools. The poor tadpoles need to hurry up and grow before the water dries out. Not many cairns to mark the way but it’s not hard to figure out. The walk up the slick rock was marginally difficult in a few spots. Such a great hike

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Luke Passey
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Good short hike, but we got lost a lots, so J would recommend checking AllTrails the entire time.

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Amy Borchardt
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Hiking

For a national park, the petroglyphs nor the slot were well marked. The petroglyphs are about 200 yds on the left as you head down the canyon. The slot is on the upper right at the end of the canyon. Beautiful views. Tadpoles in the pools.

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Nathan Vanengen
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Hiking

Two sets of petroglyphs to the left after the tunnel. There is a recognizable path. For pictures and more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

Dave Huber
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Hiking

The petroglyphs are a little difficult to spot. They are just after you come out of the tunnel to the left and up a small hill. Continue down the trail and before you get to the end look for an opportunity to climb up on top of the ridge to the right you can walk the ridge all the way back into a beautiful slot canyon. On your way out you will see the pools and where the waterfall comes down and reaches the river path. It’s a bit of a scramble but worth the effort.

Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. Zion beautiful. I continued past the trail end into the slot for a bit. Amazing.

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Francis Featherbottom
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Sarah Miller
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HikingRocky

Very cool!

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Stewart Carnes
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HikingMuddy

Fun short hike. Amazing petroglyphs. 100 yards past the tunnel, 20 yards to the left of the stream bed. Two sets, near and far ends if cliff face. Nice canyon, amazing slick stone, views and scenery. Trail ends at the slot.

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Alain Amador Mancera Leyva
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Beautiful petroglyphs and nice narrow canyon, you can keep going further but with adequate equipment. Worth it and easy hike up to the canyon.

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Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

Impressive Petroglyph's, The trail climbs up a steeply to the right of the glyphs and alternates between visible trail and slickrock up to the slot canyon. I saw only one cairn along the path.

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Bethany H
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Hiking

Petroglyphs were cool. Nice quiet canyon. No one else was around despite the rest of the park being packed.

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