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.
- Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions for the Canyon Overlook Trail
- Where to Park for the Canyon Overlook Trail
- Insider Tips & Recommendations
When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
Where is the Canyon Overlook Trail?
The Canyon Overlook trailhead is just outside the upper entrance to the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel, in the eastern part of Zion National Park. The challenge on this hike is getting a parking spot. There are two small lots close to the trailhead, and then there is a smattering of roadside parking further up the road.
For your best chance at getting a parking spot, arrive here at sunrise.
Use this address for the trailhead:
Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT, 84737
Gear For the Hike
You don't need anything special besides trail runners or hiking shoes. I'd avoid flip-flops on the slick rock.
I waste my time with lousy hiking gear so you don't have to. Only the winners get onto my gear page. There's no fluff, sponsorships, or promotions. It's just gear I personally use, have tested, and recommend. Right now I'm liking my inReach Mini 2, Garmin Epix, and Lone Peak 6 shoes.
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