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
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Angels Landing

Zion National Park
7.2 km532 m532 m
Zion National Park's iconic vertigo-inducing hike to a heavenly view.
Severe
Private
The Narrows
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The Narrows

Zion National Park
14.2 km489 m489 m
One-of-a-kind hike through a flowing stream, between soaring sandstone walls, in one of the world's most dramatic slot canyons
Moderate
Private
The Subway (Bottom-Up)
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The Subway (Bottom-Up)

Hurricane
11.4 km493 m493 m
Hike and scramble into a hidden section of slot canyon made famous by photographers.
Severe
Private
Hidden Canyon
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Hidden Canyon

Zion National Park
4.4 km294 m294 m
Hidden Canyon combines chains, scrambling and an arch.
Difficult
Private
Observation Point
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Observation Point

Zion National Park
10.8 km741 m741 m
This hike climbs four steep miles to a stunning overlook.
Difficult
Private
West Rim Trail: Point-to-Point Backpack
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West Rim Trail: Point-to-Point Backpack

Zion National Park
23.3 km1,407 m435 m
Spectacular journey from high elevation to low among Zion National Park's vertical canyon walls.
Difficult
Private
Emerald Pools
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Emerald Pools

Zion National Park
3.3 km156 m156 m
The Emerald Pools provide a cool, refreshing oasis.
Moderate
Private
East Rim Trail
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East Rim Trail

Zion National Park
21.4 km562 m562 m
Solitude and splendor from the east entrance of Zion National Park.
Moderate
Private
La Verkin Trail
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La Verkin Trail

Zion National Park
14.2 km381 m381 m
Beauty in the northwestern corner of Zion.
Easy
Private
Canyon Overlook
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Canyon Overlook

Zion National Park
1.6 km72 m72 m
Short and sweet hike to sweeping views of lower Zion Canyon.
Moderate
Private