I hope you find your accommodations pleasant, the spa refreshing, and the meals prepared to your liking. Most importantly, I hope you experience the magic of Zion … feel rejuvenated, become inspired, and remember us fondly until you return here again.
Zion National Park has a wide range of hiking opportunities ranging from short family-friendly hikes to longer strenuous day hikes and 2 to 3-day backpacking trips. If you are a first-time visitor and want to see the best of Zion in a few days, try to squeeze in all of the best "short-and-easy hikes" below.
Fit hikers who are prepared for more strenuous adventures should look into two of Zion's most famous hikes: Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows. Beyond that, there are still many, many more opportunities to explore! Click on any of the hikes below for full descriptions and photos.
You are responsible for your own safety. It is up to you to decide and determine if a trail or route is appropriate for Zion national park and plan for your hike accordingly.
Hiking symbols used for descriptions: Not suitable for casual hikers. The Best Short-and-Easy Hikes: Emerald Pools is a Zion classic: The hike is a collection of short trails that meander past a small, lushly-vegetated stream that rolls down from the cliffs and forms several interesting "pools.
As this hike is not very difficult and it is located just across from the Zion Lodge, this trail gets crowded in the summer months. Be prepared to share the views with many other people. Weeping Rock is a famous landmark of Zion National Park and is an easily accessible tourist attraction.
Weeping Rock is a large bowl-shaped alcove where the lower layer of sandstone has eroded away; water that has been slowly descending within the sandstone formations reaches an impermeable layer of rock and is forced out the side causing the "weeping.
A short minute stroll takes you under the beautiful alcove with wonderful water sprinkling from above. The Riverside Walk is a wonderful little hike on a fairly level paved trail that affords great views of the Virgin River and wonderfully lush hanging gardens and trees surrounded by tall weeping walls.
This hike is very family friendly: This mostly level hike is roughly two-miles long round trip and may take one to two hours to complete or more if you want to take your time and soak in the views.
The Watchman is a short trail that starts by the Visitor Center and leads to a viewpoint roughly feet above.
The view isn't as stunning as from other hikes like Angels Landing or Observation Point, but it takes a lot less effort to get up here as well. This is a pleasant little hike suitable for the entire family, but keep a close eye on children as the trail skirts several exposed areas.
During the afternoon heat of summer, this hike could be torture, so early morning is the best time for this one. If you have a vehicle, drive east on Route 9 to go through the famous Zion-Mt.
Carmel Tunnel and enjoy the ride through the wonderous slickrock of the Upper East Canyon. The Canyon Overlook Trail is one of the few official trails in the upper East Canyon; starting just east of the tunnel, it is a nice short-but-sweet hike that ends at a great viewpoint looking into the main canyon.
If this is your first trip to Zion, this one is a must-do hike! For something a bit more remote that takes you out of the popular main canyon, try the Northgate Peaks Trail in the Kolob Terrace section.
At 4 miles total, this hike is a bit longer than the other hikes on this "easy" list, but the trail is mostly level will reward you with some great views.
And it's also a great excuse to drive up the Kolob Terrace Road and see some remote scenery that most people miss. The view at the end of the trail is more "subtle" than views from the West Rim Trail or the main canyon, but it gives you a fascinating peek into the Great West Canyon.
If you're looking to escape the crowds of the main canyon and see something different, the Kolob Canyons Road is a wonderfully scenic drive that gives wonderful views into several of the Kolob "finger canyons.
Sunset is a wonderful time to do this hike.Zion National Park has a wide range of hiking opportunities ranging from short family-friendly hikes to longer strenuous day hikes and 2 to 3-day backpacking trips.
The east side of the Zion National Park holds some of the canyon’s best kept secrets. Scheduling a day or two for that area can help you get away from the crowds for a more solitary experience. Please park legally and responsibly in Zion National Park and the Town of Springdale Zion National Park has limited parking space.
Please park only in designated feelthefish.comes parked outside of designated stalls are subject to citation and may be towed. The SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park offers a comfortable, yet elegant setting for travelers seeking inspiration, family adventure or relaxation.
Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich.
The east side of the Zion National Park holds some of the canyon’s best kept secrets. Scheduling a day or two for that area can help you get away from the crowds for a more solitary experience.