Crossing the Virgin River Canyon Overlook Trail © Jason Rogers
To truly appreciate the beauty of Zion, visitors must go for a hike. The park has a large network of well-maintained trails with trailheads conveniently located along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive (ZCSD), Zion – Mount Carmel Highway (ZMCH), Kolob Terrace Road (KTR), and Kolob Canyons Road (KCR). Whether you’re looking for a casual leg-stretching stroll, or a boot-pounding multi-day backpacking adventure, you can find it here.
A few favorite short hikes are Weeping Rock (ZCSD), Hidden Canyon (ZCSD), Canyon Overlook (ZMCH), and Taylor Creek (KCR) Trails. Hidden Canyon Trail, located at Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop, is relatively short but quite strenuous and not for individuals with a fear of heights. You are required to traverse an exposed cliff, which drops off more than 1,000 feet. Hiking the same trail but bypassing its spur to Hidden Canyon will take you to East Rim Trail, which leads to Observation Point, one of the best vantage points in the entire park where you can look down on the main canyon and Angel’s Landing.
Trails to the top of Angel’s Landing and through Zion Narrows are discussed individually. These are classic hikes, two of the best trails in the National Park System that are renowned across the globe.
The following tables provide a more comprehensive list of Zion’s best hiking trails. Additional favorite hiking trails are designated with a thumbs up.
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