The Watchman Trail

MODERATE 321 reviews
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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
4 days ago

Beautiful views! Did it in July during the middle of a hot afternoon. Not unbearable but it was hot. Make sure you take lots of water if you are considering doing the same.

6 days ago

Go early in the morning.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely amazing trail. It gets hot on a July afternoon but would totally do this one again the views along the whole trail were stunning and the “end” of the trail was an amazing lookout point for the south part of the park. I took some amazing photos. Absolutely beautiful!!!

17 days ago

easily accessible from the visitors center. Great views.

hiking
21 days ago

We went on a morning ranger-led hike and really enjoyed this. Being older, the pace was reasonable and the scenery was excellent.

25 days ago

Great night hike, although night hiking is not allowed! At the top there is a great clearing for stargazing.

hiking
25 days ago

Good first hike in Zion. Isn’t too bad and nice view looking over Springdale. There are other better hikes though

1 month ago

Did this trail with 2 kids (7 & 10) on a sunny March 2- not difficult, not long, just right for a morning hike with plenty of time to do other things in the afternoon after taking some time to enjoy the wonderful views at the top. Could not imagine doing it midday in summer with the heat and sun exposure- sunscreen, water, snacks are all necessary any time of year.

1 month ago

Great views from the top. Completed at about 830 am and was in shade for a good portion of the hike.

1 month ago

Pretty easy trail, great views along the way. If you do it in the morning 90% is shaded before 9am. Great hike. Not nearly as crowded as some of the others.

1 month ago

Variety along the way makes this an interesting short hike. Go in early morning to be in shade. Views are marred by the fact you are looking down at the road and service buildings. If you look beyond that it's quite pretty. Good for families with kids. The hike starts from the visitors center therefore no shuttle lines to wait on.

1 month ago

Great views (but lots of civilization still visible), and nice warm-up hike. Not very challenging. Took us an hour and a half or less. Good variety of interesting things to see along the trail, would recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Some other reviews covered it - this is a great trail (quite warm even in the morning) and the viewpoint was great! Being inside Zion NP though, I gave a 4 star to be fair that there are other places in the park that are more amazing. The best things about this hike are that you can do it straight from the visitor center area so it is quick.

1 month ago

Great starter hike for Zion National Park.

1 month ago

Easy trails, nice views but as you get higher you see the road and parking lots.

1 month ago

Anywhere else but Zion this would be amazing. If you have limited time you might skip this one. The final loop trail is fun and a good area for a lunch break.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike; the start has a good incline but then it levels out and gets easier. Great hike and views. We did a ranger guided hike (up the trail). Definitely would recommend if you have the time (longer due to stops and talks) but learned a lot about the life systems the park supports (botanical/animal).

2 months ago

This was a good moderate hike: not too easy, not too hard. Definitely worth the views at the top. This is not the hike to do in Zion if you’ve never done Angel’s Landing or The Narrows, or some of the other more famous hikes. But this is definitely a beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a fine hike which would deserve 5 starts except that you are in Zion and there are nicer ones to do for 3 miles. Still worth it.

2 months ago

Did this hike the afternoon we got intoZion. Not too hard but definitely worked up a sweat. Beautiful view and walking access from the visitors center.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail. It has a few switch backs and is at a pretty steady incline, however it does level off and I never felt exhausted or too out of breath. At the top is a wonderful panoramic view of the west side of Zion. I personally would stop at the overlook next time, because I felt like the loop at the end did not provide any views or anything that I hadn’t already come across at the overlook, but if you want more exercise go for it! Overall a wonderful and short trail. Took us roughly 1.5 hours round trip.

hiking
3 months ago

great little trail with running water, birds and flowers. at the top is a wonderful view and a short loop that offers another view point and the curls around back to the top.

We did this trail in the morning. The views were beautiful. The trail is rocky with dirt but no large rocks to climb up. It was busy but not overcrowded.
I found this trail doable and the Archaeology Trail which is listed ad easy not so much. The Archaeology Trail has a very steep, rocky downward incline. I watched someone go up but almost could not get down.
I would suggest walking sticks.
So I loved this trail! Wear your hikers use your walking stocks and go!
Enjoy!

3 months ago

Beautiful views

3 months ago

exactly what you'd expect. We'll defined trail, heavily trafficked, semi steep for first 2/3 then slowly levels off. get to the top and do the loop extension to get the best panoramic views. Lots of family's and kids so take water and goat your own pace you'll love it! parking at the visitors center can be tough...we fought for 45min to find a spot at 1130am.

3 months ago

A great hike to get a panoramic view of the lower valley. A few switch backs and always going up but I didn’t feel like it was ever that steep. Rock steps in several sections. Great area at top to take in the view and rest. I think this is listed as a moderate trail in the park guide. I’m slightly afraid of heights and there were a couple of hikes in Zion I couldn’t do due to sheer drop offs and narrow paths. I just wanted to mention that I did all of the moderate hikes in the guide and did fine with the heights.

hiking
3 months ago

What makes this hike good is the accessibility and its relative ease - no need to wait for the Zion bus, just start out from the visitor center with a short walk alongside the river and then head up the trail . The steeper sections are easy to negotiate using the “steps” made from the rock and there always seemed to be a gentle section to help you recover. Use these sections to stop and look around and admire the views which quickly appear as you rise above the continued floor. Great panoramas of the lower end of the canyon and out over Springdale from the top make this well worth the time - a great Zion introductory hike to blow the cobwebs off your boots!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike and it had an amazing view from when you start and when you end. Well worth the hike.

4 months ago

This was a great hike for early march. You get to experience different climates which is cool, and gain elevation quickly due to the trail switchbacks. Other than it being moderately tiring just due to the elevation gain, it’s a good and very doable hike for all levels. Once you reach the “top” continue a very short ways down on the “loop trail just until you come up to the opening where you get the killer view of Zion at all angles. Great spot for lunch and pictures.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a moderately difficult hike, and it leads to some great views although you can see some buildings down below. In my opinion, it gave me a different perspective of some of the peaks.

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