Watchman Trail (Zion) Guide
- 3.2 miles - Moderate Effort
- 1:30-2:30 Hours (Total)
- 600 Total Feet of Climbing
- Max Elevation of 4,420 feet
- No Dogs Allowed
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.
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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 Watchman Trail?
The Watchman Trail is easy to find; it starts from the Visitor Center area. No need to take a shuttle bus. Use this trailhead address:
Zion National Park Visitor Center 1 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767
Gear For the Hike
This is a short hike; you need no special gear to complete it. However, you're best served by wearing fitness or light hiking clothing with comfortable footwear like trail runners. Also, bring at least 0.5L of water; it can get hot during the day, and you'll probably sweat a bit on the climb.
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