Zion National Park
Hiking in Zion National Park is some of the most classic in the USA. Of course, there are the big name hikes like Angel's Landing and the Narrows and many more not-so-famous hikes that are equally as beautiful. Wherever you hike, you can enjoy the pink, white, and brown weather sandstone cliffs and mesas dotted with Ponderosa pines and home to lots of wildlife.
|The Easy Narrows Hike to Wall Street (Zion)||7.5||Moderate||Springdale||150||N|
|Canyon Overlook Trail (Zion)||1||Easy||Springdale||180||N|
|Observation Point From The East Mesa Trail (Zion)||7||Moderate||Springdale||700||N|
|Hike Scout Lookout (Zion)||3.6||Hard||Springdale||1100||N|
|East Rim Trail to Jolley Gulch Viewpoint (Zion)||6||Moderate||Orderville||610||N|
|Watchman Trail (Zion) Guide||3.2||Moderate||Springdale||600||N|
The Narrows hike is world-famous for a good reason. The dramatic scenery of thousand-foot sandstone cliffs, sometimes only twenty feet apart, is awe-inspiring and beautiful. But with all the information available, planning the hike can be intimidating. So in this simple guide, I’ll cut through the fluff and make it easy for you, taking you on a “best-of” self-guided hike to the famous Wall Street section of The Narrows.
Springdale, UT - 7.5 miles, Moderate
Although only one-mile roundtrip, the Canyon Overlook Trail shouldn’t be overlooked (pun!). The trail is one of the most popular in Zion NP: beautiful, easy, and fun to follow. At the end is Pipe Creek Canyon overlook, perched above the Great Arch and offering stunning views into Zion Canyon. The short distance blurs the line between a hike and a roadside attraction, but the trail is so great that I always visit it at Zion.
Springdale, UT - 1 miles, Easy
Observation Point offers marquee views of Zion Canyon, similar to what you might see from the rim of the Grand Canyon. And most people find this hike from the East Mesa Trail relatively easy and doable. The hike is in the east section of the park, away from the crowds. It’s calm and relatively peaceful, meandering through pines and firs on the way to Observation Point. Parking can be challenging, but you also have a shuttle bus option; I’ll explain it in the guide.
Springdale, UT - 7 miles, Moderate
Scout Lookout is the closest you can hike to Angel’s Landing without a permit, and it offers much of the beauty of that hike without the anxiety of the chains section. To get to Scout Lookout, we’ll take the West Rim Trail takes us straight up the side of Zion Canyon; you’ll have to work for the views. Once at the top, you get panoramic views of Zion and a front-row seat to watch people navigating the chains. While challenging, this hike has no scary edges, narrow chain sections, or permit requirements.
Springdale, UT - 3.6 miles, Hard
Just minutes from the park entrance but eons away from the crowds, hiking the East Rim Trail to the Jolley Gulch viewpoint is spectacular. The trail meanders through incredible rock formations, canyons covered in pines, and past stunning views of Checkerboard Mesa and Jolley Gulch. If you want to experience pristine Zion National Park wilderness in relative solitude, this hike is for you.
Orderville, UT - 6 miles, Moderate
If you’re looking for a great leg-stretcher of a hike from the Zion NP Visitor’s Center, the Watchman Trail is the perfect option. Often overlooked, the Watchman Trail offers a fun and relatively easy fast track into Zion’s natural landscape. After a few hundred feet of climbing, you’re rewarded with a viewpoint showcasing the iconic Watchman peak and Zion Canyon. And because it’s not a big-name hike, you often don’t get the big crowds here.
Springdale, UT - 3.2 miles, Moderate