Cascading Falls

Zion Book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National ParkMany 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.

Directions - 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.

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Trail Map: Cascading Falls Topo Map
Day Hike
: Yes
Distance: 2 miles
Average Hiking Time: 2 hours
Equipment: Sticky rubber soled hiking shoes.
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

Directions to Zion National Park

From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion's east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. See restrictions for RV's

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Zion's Cascading Falls

Cascading Falls, is off the beaten path and on the east side of Zion.


Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.


please link to meParking - 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.

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.

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

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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.


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