Looking for a great trail near Virgin, Utah? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Zion National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Virgin ranging from 11.3 to 23.6 miles and from 3,464 to 7,447 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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2 days ago

From the top down it's spectacular views & vistas, rock formations and amazingly magical pools and waterfalls. The last several miles coming out of the canyon are tough, though still pretty. The "trail" is mostly scrambling over rocks and river stones, with no flat trail hiking. It gets exhausting after already hiking and climbing miles from the top, but it's so worth it! (We did top down with ropes & harnesses-anchors are already in place, wet suits, dry bags, and water filtration gear to replenish camelbacks. The first time I did Subway years ago we only needed rope to down climb and hand line. Due to the ever-changing conditions the additional gear made for a safer and more enjoyable trip. The park rangers have the best current info).

hiking
8 days ago

Stephen's review below is spot on, though we happily didn't experience any break-ins at the trailhead. The hike itself was extremely pleasant -- we saw ~20 other people in ~8 hours, which is pretty remarkable for Zion -- and not too difficult except for the steep climb in/out of the canyon at the beginning/end. (We did the non-technical bottom-up version, not rappelling top-down.) We hiked in old tennis shoes -- no walking stick, no boots -- and didn't have any major issues with footing. Although there's no visible trail in many places, you can't get too lost since you're following the river. Tons of tadpoles and gorgeous scenery all the way up. The Subway itself wasn't as dramatic as many of the pictures that are out there, and the overall geology of the Narrows is more awe-inspiring, but if you get lucky enough to get a permit (yes, they do check!), do this hike!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

The Subway is a grueling but incredibly rewarding challenge, meant only for able-bodied hikers. When the route is open, you must enter the lottery to obtain a permit from the Wilderness Desk at the Visitors Center (check online a few days before you want to go). Park at Left Fork Trailhead in Kolob Canyon at YOUR OWN RISK! My car was broken into while I was gone, and my wallet was stolen from the glove compartment. Zion Park Rangers informed me this has happened other times at this same parking lot. The canyon entrance is very steep - wear shoes with good tread. I also recommend bringing a pair of lightweight hiking poles. Once in the creekbed, take note of the placement of the Left Fork trailhead sign - it’s very easy to miss this on your way back out. It will be on your downcanyon right side as you exit. From here, the trail goes up the canyon and is not marked in any way whatsoever. There are some sandy spots, some rocky spots, some muddy spots, and frequent river crossings. I changed from hiking boots into old sneakers for this part, and kept my boots dry in my pack. Be careful on the rocks, it’s very easy to slip and fall, and park rangers often have to rescue people with broken ankles from this hike. Go slowly and watch what you’re doing! Although the trail is nonexistent at times, as long as you follow the creek up canyon you won’t get lost. Just stay close to the water. It took us about 5.5 hours to reach The Subway, although we were stopping to take photos and have snack breaks fairly often. There’s no rush, this hike is going to take all day. The views at the Subway were amazing, we sat and had lunch there and watched a group of canyoneers repel down into the natural pools. On the return, I changed back into my hiking boots (with dry socks) for the canyon exit. It doesn’t take too long, but it’s super steep and there are lots of challenging rock scrambles. And at the end of a long/hot hike, it’s pretty exhausting. Was really glad to have dry boots on for that last part. **Keep your eyes open for a big white rock on your upcanyon left as you trek out to the Subway — there are real dinosaur tracks imprinted into the stone!

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

This trail had it all. Definitely one of the best hikes in Zion. You will need to get a permit online through the lottery. We were lucky enough to get The Subway the week before July 4th. Ran into maybe 12-15 people. Everyone was super friendly and added to the overall wonderful experience. It took us 8 hours, including about 1.5-2 hours of playing in the Subway/various waterfalls and snacking. We clocked in 11+ miles. If you can tolerate the freezing water, I would recommend swimming through the narrow canyons to see the Keyhole Falls (this is once you arrive at the Subway). Mind the slippery rocks here and throughout the hike. We ended up hiking through the river on the way back because there were spots where it was that much easier. We brought 2L of water each and an extra 32 oz water bottle to split between two people. It was enough for us, but we made sure to have extra water and snacks in the car waiting for us. Man, I wish I could go back in time and do this hike all over again.

hiking
14 days ago

Epic hike! If you already have permits you likely know what you’re getting yourself into. Don’t be afraid to get wet. Hiking in the river can be easier than the banks at times. If you check out my way points, you’ll see we hiked in the river basically the whole way back.

hiking
16 days ago

I did this trail with a group of friends last year. We’re all pretty average hikers. It took us about 8 hours to complete but we also stopped in the subway to swim and eat lunch. Water shoes are a must! Even with them, about half of us still slipped on slippery rocks and fell in the water. It was hot though so wasn’t a problem. Definitely check the weather. NPS warns against flash flooding in that area. Thankfully it started to rain as we were climbing out of the canyon. The climb back up at the end was the toughest! Definitely pay attention to where you came down from- very easy to miss. Loved this hike. So happy we won the lottery and got a permit for this hike.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

Great hike! Did it with a 2 year old strapped to my back. Long, technical hike but well worth the effort and views!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! We typically look for a really hard hike in every park to escape the crowds and this one was perfect. We ran into maybe 15 people, but 95% of the hike we were alone. We mostly hiked in the water, which was a great temperature. We wore hiking boots with wool socks, didn’t need our fleece jackets, and had no poles (they would have gotten in the way). We each had 3L of water plus about 60 oz extra between the 4 of us and ran out of water. So do take as much as you can so you have some for the brutal climb at the end. Dang it was hard in the beating sun! The Subway is neat. The pools were not as green as the edited photos you see online, but still worth seeing. My favorite part of the hike are the red cascade waterfalls. We slid down them like a slide to prevent falling and it was fun and refreshing. :) We logged 10.4 miles (probably from zig zagging all the way up) and it took us 8 hours with stops and playing with all the frogs.

Beautiful views and lots of flowers in the late spring. I hiked but there were trail runners and Mt bikers too. Don’t go in the heat of the day! Easy trails with good variety.

hiking
1 month ago

We left from the trailhead at 8 am and got to the Subway just after 12 pm. We played and ate and we're back to the trailhead by 5 pm. We are very average hikers. This was one of our absolute favorite hikes. We were concerned that it might be a lame hike until the final slot canyon section but really it was beautiful the whole time and just got better and better as we continued on the trail. We didn't take any neoprene socks or boots or anything. We hiked in gym shoes then switched to sandles or heavy duty water shoes once we were ready to get our feet wet in the water. The water was chilly but actually felt good in the heat of the day. It never got past knee deep until the final 10 minutes when you are in the slot canyon. Swimming through this section was quite cold but our clothes dried off very fast. This hike is very worth the effort but definitely start early and bring plenty of water. It does take a while and the final climb out is tiring after a long day of hiking. We loved it. We got concerned after reading some reviews that it might be too hard for us or too cold but it really was fine and we are only in mediocre shape.

hiking
1 month ago

Left a tan, tactical-looking backpack at the parking lot on 6/8/19. It’s got a white pair of women’s ASICS tennis shoes in it. If anybody in Utah finds it, please let me know. colebunderson@gmail.com Also, the hike was awesome. Careful on the sandstone waterfalls right before the Subway, they’re really slick, easy to fall and bruise a tailbone. Much faster coming back because we weren’t avoiding water and could just walk through the stream rather than follow all the lengths the trail goes to dodging boulders. Started late - about 11. Took 3 hours to get in and probably 2-2.5 getting out. High temp about 90, nobody ever got cold.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our second hike of the day. We did about 2.8 miles (1.4 out and 1.4 back). Not very scenic, but of course we did not do the entire trail which I’m sure would have been spectacular. We also only did the wooded parts so that was definitely why there were not very many views.

hiking
1 month ago

App says 7 miles but it was 10-11 miles. We did not have enough water. Bring more water than you think. Stay close to the river. We did the hike with a 13, 11, 9 year old and a 4 year old. Would not recommend bringing anyone under 10 years old. Beautiful hike. Stop and play in the pools. I recommend renting boots and getting 1/2 size bigger. The Subway was a little underwhelming and the wind was super cold in the Subway itself. So nice to be out of crowds of Zion. We saw 15 people in 8 hours. The last part was a little brutal. Save enough energy and water to get up the canyon at the end.

hiking
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

This is a tough but awesome hike. If you enjoy pathfinding and getting wet you'll have a great time. It's a long day but stick with it to the end and you'll be rewarded. First off, you need a permit to do this trail, obtained via online lottery. Please respect the park and do not come if you don't get a permit. There's plenty of other beautiful places to hike in Zion. The first half mile is fairly flat, before you come to a steep and intimidating downhill, maybe 700ft over a quarter mile. Going down is not too bad with fresh legs and sure feet, but you'll dread the return. At the bottom you'll follow the trail towards the sound of water. There are a few path splits , but as long as you get to the water you'll know where to head. Now you head up the river. You can spend a lot of the time following trails on both sides of the river and avoid getting wet for a while (and one person we met made it quite far staying dry!), but eventually you will need to get wet. My take is that you should follow trails when they're obvious and easy, but at a certain point it's just easier to walk up the stream. The scenery is cool with some cool step-waterfalls and canyon peaks towering over you. There will come a certain point towards the end when you can't avoid getting wet. The canyon walls will start to tower over you and eventually you'll come to the Subway entrance itself. It's all really awesome, though you're limited by how far you can go in unless you're ready to swim for a bit. The way back is about the same (though easier to walk downstream in my opinion, though part of that was probably that it was just easier to traipse downstream). You'll eventually get back to the turn off the river and up the canyon and I won't lie, it's hot, it's hard and it sucks after a long day. But you'll get up it and feel totally justified in eating or drinking whatever you want for dinner. For footwear, I definitely recommend neoprene socks. I probably didn't need them, but they definitely kept my feet a pleasant temperature. I also had canyoneering boots from one of the Springdale outfitters that drained water well. I liked the grip they gave me, especially at the end where it was very slippery in the water. But I also saw plenty of other people just in tennis shoes or even just the neoprene socks who (very slowly and carefully) managed. So do whatever gives you the most comfort in your feet or your wallet. Finally, bring plenty of water or some way to purify. This is a long, long, hard day and it will be super hot when you are heading back.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great hike yesterday. Started at 6 and no one at the Subway for an hour. Water is flowing higher than usual and slippery in the Subway. Brought poles but didn’t use them. App said 7 miles but actually 11.1 and took us 8 hours with half hour at the Subway. Water was cold up top but warmer in the sun. Put water shoes on at the Subway and hiked back 4 mile down the river with them on. Easier to see the trail hiking down and walked the river at times to avoid the trail that traverses around huge boulders. Try to avoid going high up paths around boulders, there may be another path lower around it.

hiking
1 month ago

Probably my favorite hike at Zion NPS. This was the second hike we completed and I could not have been happier. It’s definitely easier if you walk through the river the entire time, but you can walk along the trail if you’d prefer that.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Never more then knee deep water at crossings. Last 500m are very slippery.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Amazing experience! Not easy by any means though. Tracked our mileage and it ended up being about 9.5 miles round trip. There is a ton of of bouldering involved and the last half mile is intense when tired. Trail is not clearly marked so just follow water. We rented neoprene socks and canyoneering shoes but I actually wouldn’t recommend. Not necessary if you dont mind your hiking boots getting wet. Water at deepest was knee high. This hike was the hardest but most rewarding experience ever! DO IT AND GO ALL THE WAY. Also we couldn’t’ get a permit by lottery system after 6 entries so we went to permit office at 7am the day of the hike and claimed an unclaimed permit!

hiking
1 month ago

Water level up to my knee at the highest. Wore neoprene socks and canyoneering shoes, wouldn’t recommend anything more. Most groups had walking sticks but they seemed more an annoyance than a help. Bring lots of water and start early, it’s a long 3.5 miles. My advice is stick to the water on the way up as much as possible, the trails that lead you up and around the boulder take their toll.

Great trail fast and Flowy good novice intermediate.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible hike - one of my all time favorites. The water level is still really high so was unable to get to upper Subway. I was skeptical at first but neoprene socks were an absolute must for me today. My wife and I were car to car in 4:30, but we ran everything we could coming back. Unreal experience!

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

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