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This Zion National Park hiking guide was written and compiled by Bo Beck
and Tanya Milligan. Bo is the veteran on Zion's elite high angle search and rescue team and knows the park as well as anyone. He was canyoneering in the park long before the term was used. He still calls it "hiking with a rope" rather than canyoneering. Bo has served on the SAR team since 1996 and when he has time he is a lead instructor for Paragaon Climbing School. For six years Bo and I wrote monthly hiking articles for local magazines including Today in Dixie and St. George Today and spent every weekend, almost without fail, hiking, canyoneering or climbing together in Zion and the nearby areas that are covered on this site. We have just finished our first hiking book which should be on the shelves by Summer of 2011.

Zion Peak Bagging- If you like getting to the top of things, then peak bagging might be your bag. Bo and I team up with Courtney and explore some of Zion's recently unpublished peaks.

Bo Beck Canyoneering If you're thinking of joining today's world of canyoneering, be ready to lug a wetsuit up steep mountains, swim in dirty-ice cold water, climb up and down boulders, scale slick rocks and learn the technical skills and rope work required for rappelling and getting yourself through a canyon.

Kolob Hiking - There are two sections of the park called Kolob, one by Cedar City referred to as Kolob Fingers or Kolob Canyons, and another near the small town of Virgin called the Kolob Terrace.

Backpacking in Zion National Park - Backpacking can be found in all three sections of the park. The most popular are Zion's East and West Rims.

Most Popular Trails - See our vacation planning section for suggested classic hiking trails. For the more adventurous take a look a Bo and Tanya's favorite trails in Zion.

 

We also offer a chart of routes and trails just in Zion Canyon or another of those outside of Zion Canyon.
Zion Canyon Hiking - Hiking East Zion

Suggested Hiking Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend for many of the trails in Zion National Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury.

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

Notes

Canyon Overlook
1
+163'
1 hr
Hwy 9
Kids
Easy
Classic
Weeping Rock
.5
+98'
.5
Canyon
Kids
Easy
Classic
Riverside Walk
2
+69'
1
Canyon
K, A
Easy
Classic
Lower Emerald Pools
1.2
+69'
1
Canyon
K, A
Easy
Classic
Grotto Trail
.5
+20'
.5
Canyon
K, A
Easy
Classic
Pa'rus Trail
3.5
+50'
2
South
K, A, B
Easy
Classic
Middle Emerald Pool
2
+150'
2
Canyon
Kids
Moderate
Classic
Kayenta Trail
2
+150'
2
Canyon
Kids
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
East Rim
10
+/-4400'
6
Hwy 9
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!

Tunnel Canyon
1.6
+300
1
Hwy 9
Kids
Easy
Spring
Cascading Falls
2
+650
2
Hwy 9
Kids
Easy
Spring
Two Pines Arch
.81
+400
2
Hwy 9
Boulders
Moderate
Arch
Shelf Canyon
2
+100
2
Hwy 9
Boulders
Moderate
Slot
Separation Canyon
2.5
+400
2
Hwy 9
Kids
Moderate
Spring
Pine Creek Waterfall
.25
+200
1
Hwy 9
Boulders
Moderate
Fun
Middle Pine Creek
2
+200
2
Hwy 9
Boulders
Moderate
Fun
Many Pools
1
+1442
2
Hwy 9
Kids
Moderate
Spring
Hidden Gardens
2
 
2
Hwy 9
Kids
Moderate
Slot
Hidden Arch
2
+200
2
Hwy 9
Kids
Moderate
Arch
Clear Creek
2
 
2
Hwy 9
Kids
Moderate
Slot
Gifford Canyon
3
+200
2
Hwy 9
Boulders
Moderate
Wash
Checkerboard Arch
4
+270
5
Hwy 9
Kids
Moderate
Arch
Jug Handle Arch
2.4
+650
4
Hwy 9
Boulders
Moderate
Arch
Eagle Crags
4.8
+650
4
South
Horse,K
Moderate
BLM
Huber Wash
4
+310
3
South
Horse,K
Moderate
Winter
Scoggins Wash
11
+934
9
South
Horse
Moderate
Winter
Coalpits Wash
14
+834
9
South
Horse
Moderate
Winter
Chinle Trail
16.4
+50
10
South
Horse
Moderate
Winter
Deertrap Mountain
20
+1170
10
Hwy 9
East Rim
Strenuous
View
Cable Mountain
16
+1048
10
Hwy 9
East Rim
Strenuous
View
Checkerboard Mesa
2
+600
4
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Strenuous
Summit
Echo Canyon
8
+700
5
Canyon
Boulders
Slot
Slot
East Temple
2.25
+1100
4
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Strenuous
View
Progeny Peak
1.2
+1075
3
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Strenuous
Summit
Spry Canyon
2
+700
-1050
6
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Strenuous
Petroglyphs
Cockeye Falls
4.5
+/-925
6
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Strenuous
View
Parunuweap Pass
5.2
+1150
8
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Strenuous
View
East Fork
Virgin River
8.6
+/-1650
10
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Slot
Powell Plaque
Mt. Kinesava
2.5
+2812
2.5
South
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Petroglyphs
Mountain of the Sun
7
+1526
10
Canyon
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Summit
Bridge Mountain
10
+1056
16
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Arch
Lady Mountain
1.3
+2440
8
Canyon
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Summit
View!
Mineral Gulch
Meadow Creek
19
+1100
-4400
19
Hwy 9
Scrambling
Route Finding! Very Strenuous
Slot

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]

For more hiking information - To ask questions of Bo Beck and Tanya Milligan, as well as other's like Tom Jones, Joe Braun and Ram who are all authors who have spent a great deal of time hiking, climbing and canyoneering in Zion, join either or both of the following online outdoor chat groups. Bo and Tanya are both on Facebook too. Feel free to add us.

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Zion is one of the most diverse hiking meccas on the planet. Millions flock to the gates to enjoy slot canyons, daring trails and backpack the rims. Explore Bo's and Tanya's list of vantage points and vistas. Low and high deserts, waterfalls, high cliffs, sandstone wilderness, the Virgin River's lush valley and Zion's water filled slot canyons.

East side of Zion
The east side of Zion National Park is slickrock country. Slickrock is red sandstone that is lacking large concentrations of iron oxide. Thus these are, the more easily eroded rock forms, buttes and domes. The rock does not appear slick. In fact, it is rough and has a loose layer of sand on the surface. The rock formations on the east side of Zion are spectacular, but most of the well known front country trails are located in Zion Canyon.

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

Canyoneering - From the famous Zion Narrows to technical slot canyons, this guide will take you to the depths of the park. The popular Zion Narrows is the most famous and exciting hike in the National Park system and one of the best known slot canyons in the world.  While in Zion National Park at least walk out to the end of the Riverside Walk and get a glimpse of what everyone is excited about.

Remember that Zion is canyon country. Rock falls, somewhere in Zion happen constantly and consistently. There are sheer cliffs, loose rocks and slippery sandstone. Think of standing on sandstone like standing on a layer of tiny round marbles. Be careful and be safe at all times.

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