Separation Canyon Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Separation Canyon Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Carmel, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

2.8 miles
718 feet

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Moderate stroll through a wide slickrock wash. Includes a 4th class scramble to Separation Point if desired. Among the twisting turns, massive sandstone slabs and vegetative plateaus of East Zion reside some of the most enjoyable backcountry adventures found anywhere in the world. Large canyons of solid rock drain water north toward clear creek, and south toward Parunuweap. The east fork of the virgin river (Parunuweap Canyon) is off limits to camping, hiking, and any form of motorized vehicles below Labyrinth Falls. Separation Canyon is a short hike, logging in at 2.8 miles (roundtrip), and is one of the easiest approaches to a view point looking into the Parunuweap area of Zion National Park. A small rock outcropping rests near the saddle, and is known as Separation Peak. The summit is not intended for families or children so use caution if you decide to climb to the top.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I approached this one early in the morning. I am not a serious climber (more of a hiker) and am not comfortable with sections over a class 3 and the 'nipple' on Separation Point was just a bit beyond what I was willing to try. If you enjoy difficult technical climbs you may approach the Point from the east, otherwise I'd advise approaching from the west were the climb is an easier class 3. Since it was mid-May there were wildflowers in abundance and diversity. The views in Zion are amazing where ever you are but this trail has some great views. There is a small pulloff where you can park right where the trail turns south if you'd like to park there rather than the short walk along the road. Happy trails!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Separation Canyon is a nice leisurely stroll through the backcountry of Zion. Logging in at 2.8 miles (roundtrip), Separation Canyon is one of the easiest approaches to a view point looking into the Parunuweap area of Zion National Park. The scramble to Separation Point is class 3 - 4 and should only be attempted by someone with steep slickrock experience.

3 months ago