The Watchman Trail

MODERATE 378 reviews
#10 of 88 trails in

The Watchman Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from South Entrance: Drive northward a short distance and turn right on the Watchman Campground access road. Cross the North Fork Virgin River and turn left on a short road immediately east of the river.

hiking
2 days ago

A series of switchbacks will guide you up to stunning panoramic views of the area! Expect to see many mule deer too.

hiking
3 days ago

Not an experienced hiker and this trail was a perfect challenge. Took us around an hour and 50mins to complete. We went Dec 12th and there was a little mud in higher elevation, a little slippery. Loop is shorter than we thought, you can skip this and still see watchman point overlook.

hiking
7 days ago

Perfect hike for after you've done Angel's Landing in the morning. Easy out and back trail with beautiful up canyon views. Do yourself a favor and take the dry creek bed "shortcut" on your way back to the Visitor's Center.

hiking
9 days ago

Mild hike with exquisite views - quick 2 hours to complete full trail with stops.

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty trail with decent elevation gain. I went on a rainy, misty day, so I didn’t quite get the views. But it was still a nice hike. Easy to follow and a good workout for a shorter hike.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice walk up to a watchman point but lower down viewpoint than many of the others in Zion but still get some good views. Easy trail to follow and fairly well trafficked. Would recommend if you want a nice moderate walk in Zion but not life changing.

26 days ago

last min hike to see the sunset. im glad i did it!

1 month ago

Such a fun trail!! Well graded, great views, lots of interesting rocks and a variety of vegetation.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike in Zion National Park. My GPS read 3.7 after the round trip. It was fairly busy, but not like some of the other trails in Zion. I was a little surprised by the traffic level being that it is so close to the visitor center. Good views from the top, and we did the loop around the mesa.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, relatively easy hike but great views along the way. Left the visitor center at 5pm and was back by 6:45. Also saw 2 big horn sheep at the top near the scenic loop!

hiking
2 months ago

Short but very scenic hike. Lots of different vegetation, rock and amazing views of the Watchmen once you get to the loop trail. Best if you are at the viewing spot just before sunset so you can watch the mountain glow and change colors as the sun sets upon it.

2 months ago

We started out before dawn with a flashlight and went up Watchman for the sunrise. Start out 1 hour before sunrise and you won’t regret it. Just gorgeous watching the hills light up.

2 months ago

The elevation was not that severe, I would say it is an easy hike manageable in 1.5h, views are worth it

hiking
2 months ago

A good early morning hike and one that you don’t need the shuttle. Full sun by midday. Great views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked from the South Campground. Great views of the lower part of the canyon. Stayed for sunset then hiked back to camp. Trail is easy to follow. Some steep drop offs. Great shorter hike close to the entrance without needing to get on the bus.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely view, good cardio, solid easy to follow trail but too crowded for my taste.

2 months ago

a little more crowded than I like but beautiful views

hiking
3 months ago

This was our first encounter with Zion and we loved it. If you start by 7:30am you will be in the shade the whole time.

hiking
3 months ago

A nice shorter hike from the visitor center. We did this in the afternoon after doing a long hike in the morning. The views at the end are great of the main portion of Zion. Very little shade, bring plenty of water. The short loop at the end is worth doing for the views!

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous trail! A great warmup as our first hike of our Zion trip. Went around sunset, not crowded and nicely shaded the whole way.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike with great views of the park.

3 months ago

Nice steady up to a plateau with gorgeous views. The song of the canyon wren is a treat. Best before the sun gets too high.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike just inside the park entrance near Springdale. Great short hike that is easy to do first thing in the morning before breakfast. Easy to get to, ample parking, no stress. Just beautiful Zion scenery and a peaceful energy. Loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Best part is you can hike straight from the parking lot, no waiting in line for the tram (1.5hr wait all day on a Tuesday). Wonderful photo opportunities. Not the most interesting hike in Zion but still worthwhile.

4 months ago

Fantastic views!! It’s a quick hike, so a great start to a full day in the park. I suggest to hike this in the morning with the sun in the east.

trail running
4 months ago

Morning Run - very nice view

4 months ago

Watchman is a nice, short, easy hike with a great little 360° loop at the end, giving you views in all directions.

4 months ago

Great hike up. It challenged the kids a little and the payoff of views at the end were wonderful.

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