Explore the most popular hiking trails near Springdale with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike. If you are going for the first time, go in the morning so it won’t be as trafficked when there isn’t enough space for two direction traveling. It isn’t as beautiful in the morning as it is latter in the day, but is more busy.

Absolutely incredible hike! The views at the top are some of the best I have ever seen and, while the sight of the last part of the hike from Scout’s point almost made me turn back, the hike itself didn’t feel nearly as nerve wracking as I expected. 100% worth the effort and looking forward to doing it again when the trail reopens.

trail running
14 hours ago

Morning Run - very nice view

This trail was amazing. It was truly a spectacle to behold. Though it was hot out, it wasn’t hot at all in the canyon. The water felt cool but wasn’t freezing. The views were incredible and I would certainly hike it again.

Amazing technical canyon. Be ready to swim through cold pools with all your equipment. It’s a challenge but lots of fun.

Spoke to a Zion ranger on July 20th, 2018 that informed me that this trail will be closed indefinitely. When asked about her opinion on when it could reopen, she said “a year”. Just wanted to pass the info along.

1 day ago

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

I really enjoyed this hike with the running water of the Virgin River next to some of it. The waterfall was nice and there’s so much to look at along the way.

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

Hiked on July 7th. We started in the heat of the day, which is not recommended for obvious reasons. Took 3 liters of water each, and two of us ran out about 1/2 way down. The trek to the very top can be a butt-kicker of a hike if you're not at least in decent shape. My 19 y.o., who hasn't done any such activities in quite a while, gave everything he had to make it to the top. Do NOT do this! If it takes everything you have to get to the top, then the way down will be very painful, scary, and slow. As for the crowds... we knew to expect it from previous reviews, and I actually enjoyed the camaraderie of the fellow hikers as we figured out how/where to let one another pass. If you're in Zion, I think this is a must. Just start early, and hydrate as much as you can prior to (there is a toilet about 2/3 the way up, so you'll be okay to flood yourself prior).

If you aren't used to scrambling or heights, this hike will have an added fear factor. When I would go hiking at home, we would usually separate from the trail and free climb around the rocks, so I scarcely needed the chains provided past Scout's Lookout. However, the scariest part was trying to navigate around so many other people going the opposite direction on such a narrow trail. The views are great and it's a pretty good workout when you can keep your own pace.

Awesome hike, and all the better for the fact that I didn’t see a single other person up there, and even on the last hundred feet back to my car my footprints were still the only ones.
Note: there are no trail markers. However, as long as you have the map cached in advance on your phone (there’s no cell reception in most of Zion National Park), or have a paper topo, you should be fine.
The initial ascent up the slab is a fun challenge, the middle section route-finding through the bushes as less fun challenge, but it is all 100% worth it for the views at the end. I confess that I nearly turned back in the middle section, because I thought I’d already seen the best views, but thank goodness I continued all the way to the end, because it is one hell of a view!
Warning - do not start this hike if it is raining or if rain is forecast. Other than the slab being incredibly slick, the hike starts and ends for about half a mile along a creek bed, and this would be impassable when the creek is flowing.

The Riverside is an easy trail. At the end of the Riverside trail, one can begin to hike the narrows by simply following the river. We hiked the river about 2.5 miles passed the fork where we first chose to go right (Orderville Canyon) where the water is warmer, then tracked back to the fork and briefly peeked at what the left fork offered before heading back to the Riverside trail. Fantastic hike, and my 5 y/o thoroughly enjoyed the entire 5+ miles of hiking in the river.

The first time we attempted to hike the narrows, our hike was cut short due to rain (hazardous due to possible flash flood). So we returned 6 years later to continue what we had started. So worth it, and we can't wait to do it again!

Didn't rent shoes, but we did bring walking sticks, which are really, really helpful. We hiked in July and the water is cool, but not too cold. I had no issues hiking in my Keen sandals until we enter Orderville Canyon, where tiny pebbles got stuck in my sandals a few times.

Fun outing with the kids. Didn’t enter the narrows due to flood probability. Would love to come back with better conditions and let the kids play in the river.

Due to flood damage we were only able to hike the lower emerald pool. Not a bad hike but nothing overly special either. I’m sure it would have been a much better hike if we had access to the middle and upper pools.

Great hike, but start early to beat crowds. Even then, on the way back, you'll hit traffic. We did it ,April 20th and traffic was high on the trail, somewhat expected for a beautiful Sunday. It was a bucket list knockoff and felt good enough for hike to narrows after and bike back to the rental. At age 62, mind you

One of the most iconic hikes in the US, and for good reason. Just wow. Huge crowds can be a bummer, but it's hard to blame people for wanting to experience it. If you're scared of heights, you can stop at the "first landing" where Walter's Wiggles spits out - one of our group did that. That said, there are chains for all the harrowing drops and the heights are totally worth the view at the end.

Beware the chipmunks! Had someone tell me she found one in her bag halfway down the trail - some of them can work zippers!

Amazing trail! Don't let the scary stories and pictures hold you back, I thought it was way less scary than expected. The view at the top is to die for ;-)

This hike wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the hike. I was actually dreading this but it wasn’t bad. Great hike recommend to all!

Prettty hike and worth the visit.

I’ve done multiple hikes and scrambles where I live and I don’t consider this a hard hike at all. I could see it being hard for those scared of heights or elderly or those with medical conditions. Be aware of edges with kids as people continue to fall off for not paying attention but you really have to walk to the edge where people have fallen not even on the chain portion. There is no shade you start with switch backs after a long path up then it flattens to a part where most people seem to stop and head back down as this is where the chain starts. The chain portion is really not scary at all and if you’re scared don’t go up as it holds everyone up. There is literal steps built into the rock in some portions. After the chains is quite a gorgeous view of all of Zion. Take lots of water and go early as it gets hot quick. It’s a relatively short hike depending on how fast you’re going.

Tried to run this one-way on July 16. A sign at the west rim trailhead indicated the trail is closed from Cabin Springs down to the Grotto due to a rockslide. The NPS website says nothing about the closure, but I decided that it would suck to run 9 miles down to Cabin Springs, find the trail to indeed be closed, and then run back uphill another 9 miles, particularly since I had only enough water for about 14 easy miles. I ended up just going 7 miles out on the trail and then back to the trailhead. Very nice trail, and was soft after some thundershowers the day or two before. Spectacular views, particularly if you start at dawn. By 9 or 10 am, the sun is high and the colors get washed out. Heat wasn't too much of an issue (I finished at 9:30 am). I'm not sure whether the springs were working -- I carried on me all the water I needed.

I didn’t actually hike this, but for all of you planning trips out here, the TRAIL IS CLOSED until further notice due to a landslide that happened July 11th, 2018. Call the park prior to your trip if you’re hoping to do this hike!

The views were breathtaking, and it’s definitely something to be proud to accomplish. However if you’re not a regular hiker, especially in the summer months, take extra precaution. The last stretch which is the part where you use the ropes to help you up the side of the mountain is almost all direct sunlight, and can take a toll on your body. Bring lots of water and salty snacks, and enjoy the view!

Nothing new to say, but had to say it - WOW

It’s a great hike but extremely heavily trafficked with people that don’t know hiking etiquette. Get there early before the tourists get there with there beer and boom boxes. In the early morning you will have the trail to yourself. Plus you won’t have to worry about the heat. There is very little shade and everyone buds for it. But the view are amazing

awesome it took me four hours but it is amazing

awesome it took me four hours but it is amazing

hiking
6 days ago

Nice path leading to the Narrows. We hiked in the water about 2 miles and then turned back.

Did this after Angels Landing. Went about half mile up the River into the Narrows. The water never got much over knees. Saw Mitt Romney Hiking with family.

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