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Zion National Park Hiking Trails Bo Beck in Zion National Park

Most of the trails on this page are located along and around the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and the others are on the Southern end of the park rather than in Zion Canyon. The east side of Zion is where some of the parks best hikes begin such as: Zion Narrows, East Rim and Bridge Mountain. There are also several easier trails that are off-beaten-path.  The most traveled trail outside of Zion Canon is the Canyon overlook Trail. At one time the east side of the park was a great sand dunes, which over time was covered by sea.  Calcium carbonate "cemented" the grains of sand creating the Navajo Sandstone Layer you see today. The east side of Zion is now known as slickrock country. Slickrock is red sandstone that is lacking large concentrations of iron oxide. Thus these buttes and domes are the more easily eroded rock forms. The rock does not appear slick. In fact, it is rough and has a loose layer of sand on the surface.


Photos: Tanya Milligan is the author of the www.zionnational-park.com site and Bo Beck and Tanya together have wrote the trails on this site. We have also finished a book for hiking in the Southwest published by Sharp End Publishing:

Hiking in and near Zion National Park

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

Rating

Canyon Overlook
1
+163'
1
Hwy 9
Kids
Easy
Classic
Pa'rus Trail
3.5
+50'
2
South
K, B, A
Easy
Classic
Watchman
2
+456'
2
South
Kids
Moderate
Classic
East Rim
10
+/-4400'
6
Hwy 9
 
Classic
Zion Narrows
12
-1410'
13
East Zion
Water Hiking
Classic

Routes outside of Zion Canyon, 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!

Bo Beck, a veteran on Zion's high angle Search and Rescue Team, has wrote the canyoneering reports on this site that are in and around Zion National Park. When it comes to Zion, Hiking, Canyoneering or ropes
Hard-core hikers say - "Bo Knows!" Visit my Bo Beck page to learn more about him.

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
East Temple Saddle
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
Hwy 9
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
Hwy 9
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 have spent a great deal of time hiking, climbing and canyoneering in Zion, join either or both of the following online outdoor chat groups.

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Zion Canyon Hiking - Usually from April 1st until October 30th Zion Canyon is accessed via the shuttle. Private cars are allowed in Zion Canyon the rest of the year. Park at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to ride the shuttle.

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

Tanya Milligan in Zion National Park

 

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