Guidebook

Canyons and Red Rocks: Best Hikes in Zion National Park

Go canyoneering one day, and see expansive red rock views the next, on the 10 best hikes in Zion National Park.

Description

Zion National Park is renowned as one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States of America. Utah’s first national park, here you can “follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon,” according to the National Park Service. "Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present-day adventures.”

"Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity,” according to Wikipedia. In addition to Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to 2,640 feet deep, Zion National Park’s most prominent features are its famed slot canyons. Narrow slots in the rock allow experienced hikers to travel deep into a truly unique landscape. The canyons are so incredible and otherworldly that they’ve spawned an entire sport, called canyoneering.

The history of the area is difficult to immense, with “human habitation [in] the area. . .[beginning] about 8,000 years ago,” according to Wikipedia. Cast your mind back to the ancient Anasazi civilizations and subsequent Parrusits and Paiutes that inhabited this area, and enjoy the adventure that Zion offers to visitors today!

Sources:
https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park

Angels Landing

Angels Landing

Zion National Park
7.2 km
Zion National Park's iconic vertigo-inducing hike to a heavenly view.
Private
The Narrows

The Narrows

Zion National Park
14.2 km
One-of-a-kind hike through a flowing stream, between soaring sandstone walls, in one of the world's most dramatic slot canyons
Private
The Subway (Bottom-Up)

The Subway (Bottom-Up)

Hurricane
11.4 km
Hike and scramble into a hidden section of slot canyon made famous by photographers.
Private
Hidden Canyon

Hidden Canyon

Zion National Park
4.4 km
Hidden Canyon combines chains, scrambling and an arch.
Private
Observation Point

Observation Point

Zion National Park
10.8 km
This hike climbs four steep miles to a stunning overlook.
Private
West Rim Trail: Point-to-Point Backpack

West Rim Trail: Point-to-Point Backpack

Zion National Park
23.3 km
Spectacular journey from high elevation to low among Zion National Park's vertical canyon walls.
Private
Emerald Pools

Emerald Pools

Zion National Park
3.3 km
The Emerald Pools provide a cool, refreshing oasis.
Private
East Rim Trail

East Rim Trail

Zion National Park
21.4 km
Solitude and splendor from the east entrance of Zion National Park.
Private
La Verkin Trail

La Verkin Trail

Zion National Park
14.2 km
Beauty in the northwestern corner of Zion.
Private
Canyon Overlook

Canyon Overlook

Zion National Park
1.6 km
Short and sweet hike to sweeping views of lower Zion Canyon.
Private