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Zion National Park Visitors Guide

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Mountain of the Sun
Mountain of the Sun

As the shuttle crowded with Zion Canyon visitor's makes it's way slowly up the main canyon, the second stop is the lookout for Court of Patriarchs. The announcer says "This short 100 yard climb will...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Narrows (Top-Down) - Zion National Park
The Narrows (Top-Down) - Zion National Park

The Narrows is perhaps the most famous hike in Zion National Park. Most visitors take the day hike starting at the Temple of Sinawava, but they only get a small taste of this remarkable canyon.

A...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Hepworth and Roof Peaks - Zion National Park
Hepworth and Roof Peaks - Zion National Park

Located behind the main Zion canyon skyline of The Watchman, G2 and Bridge Mountain; hidden behind the sandstone ridges of Gifford Canyon, is a no man's land of sandstone peaks.  Four beautiful peaks...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Jug Handle Arch - Zion National Park
Jug Handle Arch - Zion National Park

I love the Arches of Zion National Park. Breathtaking in their elegance, these Arches often go unnoticed simply due to the shear amount of beauty that surrounds them. Jug Handle Arch (a propped...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Narrows - Zion National Park
The Narrows - Zion National Park

The Narrows is a nice "hike" if you are in Zion during a hot day (any time in summer). The trail starts art the end of Zion Canyon Scenic Dr, also called the "Riverside Trail". Go as far as you like...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Subway (Top-Down) - Zion National Park
The Subway (Top-Down) - Zion National Park

The Subway is a strenuous day-long hike with some beginner technical canyoneering aspects. The route involves several short rappels, some down-climbing, and a few cold swims. This route starts at the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Gifford Peak - Zion National Park
Gifford Peak - Zion National Park

Existing behind the skyline of The Watchman, G2 and Bridge Mountain; hidden behind the sandstone ridges of Gifford Canyon, is a no man's land of sandstone peaks.

Gifford Peak is a rewarding 1930'...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
South Ariel Peak - Zion National Park
South Ariel Peak - Zion National Park

Slickrock slab hiking is what sets East Zion apart from the maintained trails in the main canyon. There is something spectacular about hiking up 700 - 900 feet of pure rock that those who only drive...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Progeny Peak - Zion National Park
Progeny Peak - Zion National Park

Located in Zion National Park are massive monoliths of rock. Some peaks, like Angels Landing, can be reached by park maintained trails. Others, like Lady Mountain can be reached by unmaintained...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
G2 - Zion National Park
G2 - Zion National Park

The most memorizing view, for first time visitors, of Zion National Park is waiting for the shuttle system bus and looking up! Directly east of the visitor center is the shear sandstone face of G2...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Canyon Overlook Trail
Canyon Overlook Trail

The Canyon Overlook Trail is a great introduction to Zion National Park if you are entering from the east. The trail is short--less than 1 mile out and back, and the elevation gains are fairly steep...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lower Pine Creek Waterfall
Lower Pine Creek Waterfall

The trail is not maintained or listed on any park maps, but it is easy to find and follow.

The trailhead for Lower Pine Creek is the first (bottom) switchback.

Pine Creek flows year-round and comes...

Red Butte - Kolob Terrace
Red Butte - Kolob Terrace

Driving along the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park I am reminded, the vast majority of scenery, canyons and peaks reside outside of the main Zion canyon. North and South Guardian Angels,...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lady Mountain - Zion National Park
Lady Mountain - Zion National Park

Lady Mountain is the southern peak overlooking the Emerald Pools. It was the first official trail in Zion National Park that went from valley floor to summit, but it was closed in the late 1960's...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Parunuweap Pass - Zion National Park
Parunuweap Pass - Zion National Park

You've hiked Angles Landing, Emerald Pools, Observation Point or Weeping Rock and you think you know Zion National Park, think again. Parunuweap Pass route on the East Side of Zion will open your...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Destination Peak - Zion National Park
Destination Peak - Zion National Park

Driving East on Highway 9 toward Mt. Carmel Junction is a tremendously rewarding experience. Twists and turns lead to elevation gains, which in turn lead to increasingly amazing views. Arches, slot...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Mount Baldy - Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness
Mount Baldy - Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness

Established in 1984 the Wilderness Preservation System designated 50,000 acres as the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. True to all wilderness areas Pine Valley Mountain offers a more primitive...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Triplets - Zion National Park
The Triplets - Zion National Park

Most peaks in Zion National Park have received nicknames over the years but few have found their way onto official maps. Peak 6531 is also known as "The Triplets" on Peakbagger.com and other...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Separation Canyon - Zion National Park
Separation Canyon - Zion National Park

Among the twisting turns, massive sandstone slabs and vegetative plateaus of East Zion reside some of the most enjoyable backcountry adventures found anywhere in the world. Large canyons of solid...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
South Guardian Angel - Kolob Terrace
South Guardian Angel - Kolob Terrace

Standing watch as guardians over the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park, North and South Guardian Angels can be seen from the maintained Northgate Peaks trail.

The summit of South Guardian...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Observation Point
Observation Point

This is a strenuous hike to the highest point in Zion National Park. You look down on Angels Landing and have a sweeping vista of the main canyon that makes up Zion. It is a stunning view.

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Northgate Peaks - Kolob Terrace
Northgate Peaks - Kolob Terrace

As temperatures rise to triple digits in the main canyon of Zion National Park, a hiker is left with few choices: 1) Continue to ride the sweltering shuttle service 2) Swim in the Virgin river...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
6460 Lost Peak - Zion National  Park
6460 Lost Peak - Zion National Park

Peak 6460, known to locals as "Lost Peak", can only be seen from the plateau after hiking up a 950 foot slab of slickrock. A 3.5 mile long loop that follows the Cockeye Falls backcountry route. The...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Cockeye Falls - Zion National Park
Cockeye Falls - Zion National Park

The remote East side of Zion National Park presents a wonderland to the adventurous hiker. Unlike the main canyon, the East side contains a landscape of gradual slickrock and slot canyons. If a...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Many Pools - Zion National Park
Many Pools - Zion National Park

For those who like the leisurely laid back trail of Emerald Pools, but could do without the bumper to bumper traffic, Many Pools is for you. Only sightly more difficult (not a maintained trail) Many...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Mount Kinesava - Zion National Park
Mount Kinesava - Zion National Park

Resting in the southern section of Zion National Park, where daytime summer temperatures climb into the triple digits, is Mount Kinesava. Native Americans named the peak after the mischievous Paiute...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Angels Landing in Winter
Angels Landing in Winter

This is one of the most dangous trail in American national park system. The last 0.5 mile is on the steap edge of tthe maountain. The trail road is well documented and well marketed. The trail starts...

The Subway - Zion National Park
The Subway - Zion National Park

Long day hike to dinosaur tracks, keyhole falls and subway. The subway is a pipe-like gorge. The trail is not maintained. The beginning is steep. The trail follows a creek. Hikers have to pass the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Zion West Rim Trail
Zion West Rim Trail

The West Rim Trail has some of the most spectacular views that anyone could hope to see. There are beautiful canyons, springs, seeps, trees and flowers. You will not want to spend a lot of time...

East Temple Saddle - Zion National Park
East Temple Saddle - Zion National Park

One of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park is the Canyon Overlook Trail. This well designed and well protected trail allows even young children the chance to witness dizzying heights more...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members

Perfect Day

4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Las Vegas and beyond ... (lifeisbeautiful, 1 May 2007)
3.5 of 5 stars 7 Votes
Zion National Park Vacation (itsjustmesoonandsoon, 12 Aug 2006)
3.0 of 5 stars 5 Votes
Vegas for adventure (hikerbec, 13 Jun 2006)
2.5 of 5 stars 4 Votes

Best Of

5.0 of 5 stars 12 Votes
Best of Zion National Park (chadekc, 3 Jul 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Get Your Zen On In Zion (NaMacD2, 15 May 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 5 Votes

Recent Trip

5.0 of 5 stars 11 Votes
5.0 of 5 stars 8 Votes
Zion and Bryce in January (Travel2Eat, 30 Jul 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 10 Votes