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Hiking Zion Canyon Hiking Zion Canyon - Bo Beck rapelling

Zion Canyon - Zion Canyon is a six mile section of Zion National Park. Many of the classic, paved trails are found in the canyon and most visitors flock to these trails. From early April until late October, Zion Canyon is accessed via the Zion Canyon Shuttle, and the rest of the year the Zion Canyon Road can be traveled in your private vehicle. The Zion Canyon Shuttle picks up visitors at the Zion Canyon Visitors Centers and stops at several locations throughout lower Zion Canyon and Zion Canyon proper. Starting at the visitors enter the next stop is the Zion Human History Museum, Canyon Junction, Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Lodge, the Grotto, Weeping Rock and finally the Temple of Sinawava.

Shuttle stops in Zion Canyon
Canyon Junction - Pa'rus Trail
Court of the Patriarchs - Short walk to the Patriarchs view point
Zion Lodge - Grotto Trail, Emerald Pools, Lady Mountain
Weeping Rock - Weeping Rock, Observation Point, Hidden Canyon, Echo Canyon, (end of East Rim Trail), walk to Menu Falls.
Temple of Sinawava - Riverside Walk (Gateway to the Narrows), Zion Narrows day exploration, Orderville Canyon day exploration

Usually from April 1st until October 30th Zion Canyon is accessed via the shuttle. Private cars are allowed in Zion Canyon in the rest of the year.

East Zion National Park - The east side of Zion Park is slickrock country. The monoliths there are spectacular, but most of the well known front country trails are located in Zion Canyon. Some of the best hikes are located in the east section of the park.

Kolob Hiking - There are two sections of the park called Kolob, one by Cedar City, Kolob Canyons, and another, Kolob Terrace , near the small town of Virgin. The Kolob areas are primitive sections of Zion National Park and few visitors venture to the gates compared to those that visit the main park of the park.

linkBackpacking in Zion National Park - Backpacking can be found in all three sections of the park.

 

Classic Zion National Park Trails
Trail or Route
miles
round trip
Ascent
Descent
Average
Time
Location
Kids
Bikes
Accessible
Difficulty

Rating

Weeping Rock
.5
+98
.5
Canyon
Kids
Easy
Classic
Riverside Walk
2
+69
1
Canyon
K, B, A
Easy
Classic
Lower Emerald Pools
1.2
+69
1
Canyon
K, B, A
Easy
Classic
Grotto Trail
.5
+20
.5
Canyon
K, B, A
Easy
Classic
Middle Emerald Pool
2
+150
2
Canyon
K
Moderate
Classic
Kayenta Trail
2
+150
2
Canyon
K
Moderate
Classic
Watchman
2
+456
2
South
Kids
Moderate
Classic
Upper Emerald Pool
3
+350
1
Canyon
Kids
Moderate
Classic
Sand Bench
3.4
+907
2
Canyon
Horses
Moderate
Classic
Hidden Canyon
2
+850
3
Canyon
Strenuous
Steep
Cliff-Side
Classic
Observation Point
8
+2148
5
Canyon
Classic
West Rim to
Scouts Lookout
4
+1050
4
Canyon
Classic
Angels Landing
5
+1488
5
Canyon
Classic
West Rim to
Cabin Spring
10
+2400
6
Canyon
Classic
Zion Narrows
12
-1410
13
Canyon
Water Hiking
Classic

Routes in and on the edge of Zion, listed in order of difficulty.
Routes are trails that are not maintained or are off the beaten path. Route finding skills are needed and few, if any people, are usually seen along these routes.
A moderate or strenuous route
is far more difficult than a moderate or strenuous trail.
Do not attempt routes beyond your skills.

Do not wear inappropriate foot wear on rock!
Remember! YOUR safety is always YOUR responsibility!

Echo Canyon
8
+700
5
Canyon
Boulders
Slot
Slot
Lady Mountain
1.3
+2440
8
Canyon
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Summit
View!

Technical Hiking and Canyoneering

Zion's Peak Bagging
Route Finding
Technical
Summit
Route Finding
Technical
Canyons

More Hiking in and Near Zion National Park

Kolob Hiking
Various
Winter Hiking
Various
Hiking to Water
Various
Backpacking in Zion
Overnight
Greater Zion Area
Various

[South of Zion's South Entrance] [Cliff-side: Exposed scramble or ledge] [Slot: Slot or Narrows]
    [Boulders: Climbing over boulders or up steep slabs] [Semi-Tech: Rope and climbing skills]
[ Scrambling: Hiking/Climbing up or down steep slick rock]
[Technical: Advanced climbing or canyoneering]
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Zion National Park 12
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