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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Zion National Park, Utah!

Stay in Mount Carmel Junction, the heart of the parks, and visit the treasures of the Southwest.

Zion Park 12 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles

Plan your Zion National Park Vacation with our Utah Maps and Information

In these pages you will find insiders information on Zion National Park lodging, adventures and hikes. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information on Zion's hidden treasures.

Making summer memories in the Utah National Parks and National Monuments.



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Directions to Zion National Park
From Salt Lake City: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. Exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take U-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel 89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to to Mount Carmel Junction. Take U-9 to the east park entrance.
From Las Vegas: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane. Make a right on U-9 at the second traffic light in LaVerkin. Continue on U-9 to the south entrance of the park. U-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

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Cascading Falls
Cascading Falls is a great little drainage on the east side of Zion that after rain or in the winter has charming potholes over-filled with water that cascades from one to another.

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Beta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and www.zionnational-park.com author Tanya Milligan.

To post trip reports, offer corrections, updates, or for more information please visit the Zion National Park Forum

Suggested Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National Park. Many quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury. Experienced Zion hikers and canyoneers like the La Sportiva Exum Ridge. This shoe is great for hiking, bouldering and canyoneering.






Cascading Falls

Many visitors to Zion National Park are directed to Zion Canyon and never get the chance experience some of the special surprises hidden on the east side of the park. While Zion Canyon offers a somewhat limited opportunity to explore, the east side is a wide open wilderness providing a large range from extreme hikes to outstanding tidbits that require minimal effort. There are many short canyons to explore in this area, including this short north-south running canyon located on the west side of the small tunnel, which is 1.5 miles east of the 1.1 mile long Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel.

Photo Album: Cascading Falls Pictures
Trail Map: Cascading Falls Topo Map
Day Hike
: Yes
Distance: 2 miles
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours
Equipment: Sticky rubber soled hiking shoes.
ACA Canyon Rating: 1A I
Difficulty: Some slickrock scrambling may be required.
Permits: Not required. Check the weather report before hiking this trail. Do not hike if it looks like rain
Trailhead: The small tunnel along the Zion-Mt. Camel Hwy.
Trailend: Same as the trailhead.
Trail Access: The Zion-Mt. Carmel Hwy is open year-round.
Elevation Gain: 650'
Off the Beaten Path: Yes
Classic Zion Park Hike: No
Best Season: Year-round. Hiking in slot canyons presents a very real danger from flash flooding. Do not hike this trail if it is raining. Remember a storm far off can trigger a flash flood.

See our vacation planning section for classic Zion National Park trails or glance at our favorite Zion National Park trails list or choose from a complete Zion National Park hiking guide. Don't get on the Zion Canyon Shuttle to hike the trail on this page.

Parking - Parking for Cascading Falls is 1.5 miles east of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. There is ample space on both sides of the road for parking just prior to entering the west side of the small tunnel on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

Cascading Falls- - From the parking area on the western side of the small tunnel, simply walk north down the steep embankment to the canyon floor below. Follow the wash as it travels toward the East Rim. The other short canyon you can explore is on the western side of the small. This drainage is a bit more challenging than the first one. The hikes on the east side of the park that have the charming potholes capable of containing water are always better if indeed there is water in the hole. Hiking trails like this just after a rain storm is ideal and these outings make wonderful winter hikes since in the winter there is usually not only water filled potholes, but a cascading water flow where one pot hole after another spills into the one beneath it. In Cascading Falls if you hike at the right time you will be privy to rare glimpses of steep, slickrock falls and glistening pools of emerald waters that are cradled by towering sandstone monoliths. One mile up the wash you will see the potholes disappear to be replaced by a true slot canyon. Travel beyond this point is soon thwarted, yet what so many seek is so easily found - a slot canyon, spectacular views and solitude. Directly across the highway is Clear Creek and the start of the hike to another short slot, Hidden Gardens and on the same side of the road is Tunnel Canyon.

More Nearby Short Canyons to Explore
Shelf Canyon
Separation Canyon
Tunnel Canyon
Gifford Canyon
Hidden Gardens
Many Pools
Clear Creek


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Photo: Pine Creek Waterfall
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