Shelf Canyon Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
#44 of 87 trails in

Shelf Canyon Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until November.

0.7 miles
259 feet
Out & Back



off trail

no dogs

2 months ago

We definitely struggled to find a path from the road from which to drop into this canyon. It quickly became steeper on the ascent than we wanted to attempt to descend, so didn’t manage to make it the entire way as the map showed. If you’re up for some scrambling on slickrock, this would probably be easy for you.

4 months ago

Anyone that's been to Zion knows getting away from the crowds is difficult, if that's your goal this is an ideal trail, we didn't see anyone else. Despite the 90 degree temps this slot canyon was cool and refreshing. It is a short trail and there is some scrambling which might be tough for some but it's definitely a neat detour. We did the overlook trail and then walked to this one from that parking area.

5 months ago

Awesome hike with virtually no other people. There is some rock scrambling, slick rock, and sandy portions, but you are greeted with a slot canyon at the end which is the best part of the hike. If you want a hike all to yourself in Zion, do this one!

8 months ago

Fun trip for the whole family. We have 5 kids ranging from 3 to 10 years of age and they have a wonderful time in this canyon. For sure as good as it gets for little kids! You have to scramble down to the bottom of the canyon from the road above. However once you've scrambled down it's a fun somewhat challenging hike for the kids with a few rock scrambles. At the very back the canyons is narrow with shelve like layers on the west wall.

11 months ago

This is an unmarked trail, but a great little hike that is off the beaten path of where everyone else is.

1 month ago

9 months ago