The Watchman Trail

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Zion National Park

The Watchman Trail is a 5.0 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.0 km Elevation Gain: 197 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

The Watchman Trail is a great easy trail that is often overlooked by tourists going to the neighboring Angels Landing or the Narrows. It overlooks the entire Springdale area and is ideal for beginner hikers.

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bugs
13 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike! We left in the morning which was perfect-by 10am it was getting warm and more crowded on the trail. Easy with great views of the park for what’s open right now!

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bugs
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great hiking trails! Beautiful Views!

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bugs
no shade
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Excellent trail. Great views. Do the loop at the top!

5 days ago

Hiked this just before sunset. It was a worthwhile payoff.

hiking
5 days ago

Great easy trail to start with for the day. Great views at the top

5 days ago

very crowded and most are not experienced hikers so lots of picture taking and stopping in the middle of the trail. definitely an easy hike

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bugs
5 days ago

Sooo pretty. Go early before it gets really warm.

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6 days ago

did this early spring. really good views and easy to navigate. great beginner hike

hiking
7 days ago

This hike was kind of cool but all the crowds made it suck! By the way, those of you reading this please be respectful of people who are faster than you. Let them pass. You need to share the trail.

hiking
8 days ago

We got into town just as the sun was going down and did half of the trail to watch the sunset against the red rocks. As far as we went was very easy, a little windy but amazingly beautiful!! Loved it.

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rocky
8 days ago

Overlooked this one too many times in lieu of the “sexier” hikes in Zion. Finally got a chance to do this one and I really liked it for sunrise. Left before sunrise and Was the only one up there until about an hour after sunrise. Beautiful views.

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no shade
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful flowers and view.

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no shade
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Go early! Less people and more shade. Gorgeous views along the whole trail. Took us a bit longer than the posted sign said but we love to take pictures. The last “loop” of the trail is ok... the view point is a great spot to have a snack before heading back down.

hiking
11 days ago

So much fun! I would rate as moderate- easy if you have a basic fitness level, got to Zion right at 8am and when we were coming down we saw lots of families with young children going up. Great views at the top! Get there early to avoid the crowds

hiking
13 days ago

Great choice for a moderate trail in Zion. Dirt path makes gives this hike a more natural feel than those that are paved. My parents in their 60s with bad knees struggled with the elevation change, but it is an easy enjoyable hike for anyone without disability. Stunning view from the top! Would love to do it again at sunset!

hiking
13 days ago

This is an amazing hike up to a beautiful viewpoint. It is a steep, dirty (which can be muddy just after a storm) hike up to a viewpoint. There is little to no shade throughout this hike. There are only a small number of sections that are narrow. The majority of the sections are wide enough for passing groups. A group in front of us mentioned they saw a rattlesnake, however, we did not see or hear it. Moderate traffic for a Sunday.

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14 days ago

Decent views but fairly crowded (this was September 2019). A good, easy loop.

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14 days ago

Gorgeous! There were reverberating sounds of Canyon Tree Frogs. I thought they might have been goats bleating, but a knowledgeable hiker set me straight, the experience was nearly surreal.

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14 days ago

Great hike! So many different types of flora & fauna! Not much shade. Needed to start in early morning. Loved the views!

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15 days ago

This is a gem! Especially with all the other fantastic hikes in the area that get more of the attention. It’s a great trail with incredible views. It’s also not very crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I did this trail back on March 1st before we had to leave for home. We started before sunrise with headlamps on. Trail was easy to follow (didn’t really need the headlamps). We got to the top just as the sun was starting to light up the canyon on the opposite side from the top of the trail. We had packed our backpacking stove and MSR French Press coffee maker. Had an incredible morning watching the sun rise. Well worth getting up early to do.

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flooded
muddy
1 month ago

WOW this trail was muddy. Wouldn’t recommend for anyone who can’t handle a little dirt. Good views and you’re really able to see how far you’ve come! Wear good shoes and enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Amazing views.

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