Best Hikes in Zion National Park

Best Hikes in Zion National Park, Utah

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Hiking is one of the best ways to experience Zion National Park. Nothing puts the landscape in perspective like time on the trail, getting up close and personal with the park’s fabulous geology.

From mellow strolls along the Virgin River to hair-raising scrambles up rocky peaks, there’s a hike for every age and ability in Zion.

Don’t sell yourself short by hanging around Zion’s parking areas and shuttle stops. The more physical effort you put in, the more you’ll be rewarded.

Best Hikes in Zion National Park

Watchman Trail, Zion National Park

Zion Canyon Hikes

Zion Canyon is home to the park’s most famous and popular trails, including Angels Landing, Observation Point, Hidden Canyon, The Narrows Bottom-Up, and The Narrows Top-Down. All of these are challenging trails. Easier trails in Zion Canyon include the Pa’rus Trail, Watchman Trail, Riverside Walk, Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, and the Archeology Trail.

The only downside to Zion Canyon: big crowds during peak season.

(Want to avoid the crowds? Check out the Best Times to Visit Zion.)

The Subway pools, Zion National Park

Kolob Terrace Hikes

Kolob Terrace is higher, cooler, and less crowded than Zion Canyon. It’s also home to some terrific hikes, including The Subway, Northgate Peaks, Hop Valley, and West Rim Trail.

East Zion Hikes

East Zion’s trails include Canyon Overlook, the East Rim Trail, Cable Mountain, Deertrap Mountain, and an easy shortcut to Observation Point.

Kolob Canyon Hikes

Kolob Canyons is another great place to escape the crowds. You can enjoy nice trails at Timber Creek Overlook and Taylor Creek Trail. For a more challenging hike or backpack, check out the La Verkin Creek Trail.

Southwest Desert Hikes

Zion’s lowest, warmest region is the Southwest Desert, where the Chinle Trail is a great option during the cooler months.

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