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Whether you like short and easy hikes or challenging trails, here are the 13 great hikes in Zion National Park where you are guaranteed to see breathtaking scenery.

These 13 hikes in Grand Teton are designated as either easy, moderate, or strenuous to help you decide which ones would be the best for your fitness level:

  • Easy Hikes – these hikes are usually mostly flat with very little elevation change. There are no steep hills or inclines on these hikes. They are perfect for the entire family. Some might be a little longer, however, you can shorten them to make sure they are enjoyable for everyone.
  • Moderate Hikes – these hikes are usually longer in distance and have more inclines, hills, or elevation changes. However, these hikes are manageable by anyone who is moderately active. My recommendation is to have hiking poles for these hikes.
  • Strenuous Hikes –  these are hard hikes. Usually, these strenuous trails have many inclines or steep hills, or a long, steady climb and can be managed by anyone in good physical condition. My recommendation is to have sturdy hiking shoes with tread and hiking poles.

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Without further ado, here are the 13 best hikes in Zion National Park.

Zion National Park At-A-Glance

Before diving in, here are a few Zion National Park highlights to help you plan your trip:

  • Best Time to Visit Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a great destination to visit at any time of the year. And, it is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. I have visited Zion so many times at different times of the year and I have to honestly say that it is an awesome place to see no matter what month you visit!

Needless to say, April and May and then September and October, are my favorite months to visit Zion National Park. The temperatures are mild with daytime temps in the 60s and 70s F. You will see fewer crowds as well and have some serene experiences on trails and at viewpoints.

Summer is the high season. Expect a lot of companionship on the trails and everywhere throughout the park. The temperatures skyrocket as well ranging from the high 80s to 100s F.

Winter is a good time to visit Zion National Park. Above all, you will be able to find some solitude. Snow seldom reaches the canyon floor and that being the case, the scenic drive and some hiking can be enjoyed during that time. Temperatures can range from low 50s to sometimes low 70s F. However, make sure to check the weather and local snow conditions. Make sure that the trails you are planning to hike are clear and safe.

  • Where to Stay When Visiting Zion National Park

Hands down, nothing beats staying inside the park! However, accommodations inside the park are very limited and you will need to make reservations at least a year in advance. Zion Lodge is the only hotel inside the park. It is open year-round and has several different types of accommodations like cabins, hotel rooms, and suites.

Zion National Park has three campgrounds. South and Watchman Campgrounds are inside the Zion Canyon, Lava Point Campground is about 1-hour drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road. Reservations are required at South and Watchman Campgrounds.

Springdale, UT is conveniently right at the entrance to Zion and it is the perfect getaway to Zion National Park. I stayed in Springdale several times and my two top choices are Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park, and SpringHill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park. Both places are clean and comfortable, and the location is perfect.

  • How to Get to Zion National Park

The closest International Airports to Zion National Park that you can fly into are located in Las Vegas (LAS), Nevada, and Salt Lake City (SLC), Utah. There are smaller Regional Airports in St. George (SGU), Utah, and Cedar City (CDC), Utah. I use Skyscanner to browse flights and find the best price.

  • How to Get Around in Zion National Park

If you are visiting Zion National Park between the months of March through November, then you will have to use the shuttle. No private vehicles are allowed inside the park. The cost of the shuttle is included in your recreational use pass. You can hop on and hop off at any of the shuttle stops.

There are two shuttle routes: Zion Canyon Shuttle, which runs along the Zion Scenic Drive and makes 9 stops at viewpoints and trailheads, and Springdale Shuttle which stops at 9 locations in the town of Springdale and picks up and drops off visitors at the park’s pedestrian/bike entrance.

  • How Much Does It Cost to Vist Zion National Park

In order to visit Zion National Park, you need to purchase a recreational day-use pass, which costs $35 per vehicle and is good for 7 consecutive days. You can purchase the pass right at the entrance to the park. If you are visiting several national parks then make sure to get America the Beautiful National Park Pass. This $80 pass is valid for 12 months and gets you into all 400+ national park sites!

  • Intrepid Scout’s Tip:

If you are planning on hiking the Angels Landing Trail, which is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park, then you need to reserve a timed-entry ticket at recreation.gov.

What to Pack for Hiking in Zion National Park

I have seen many visitors to Zion National Park hiking in their flip-flops, without any sun protection, and above all with no water. Following is a simple list of what to pack for your visit to Zion:

  • Appropriate footwear

Trail shoes are great; hiking boots are even better since they offer more support. You’ll want sturdy, comfortable hiking boots with solid traction. Don’t forget to break in your shoes before bringing them to Zion National Park. Also, do not forget merino wool socks. They will keep your feet dry, and protect you from blisters.

  • Plenty of water

Without enough water, your body’s muscles and organs simply cannot perform as well. Consuming too little water will not only make you thirsty but susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness. I have been using Yeti Rumbler 26 oz insulated, stainless steel bottle, and I am highly recommending it!

  • Food

Food will help keep up energy and morale. I like RXBAR. It is a high-protein bar, gluten-free, and it is super yummy! Make sure to get a variety pack to keep it interesting.

  • Rain gear and extra clothing

The weatherman is not always right. Be prepared for unannounced rain or a cold spell. Dress in layers. It will allow you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat. I have had my North Face Women’s Osito Triclimate Jacket for years, and I love it. Also, I am highly recommending these Patagonia moisture-wicking hiking shirts and Patagonia warm fleece pullovers.

  • First aid kit

Prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at any outfitter.

  • Knife

A knife or even better, a multi-purpose tool is always good to have. These enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, etc.

  • Protect Yourself from the Sun

If you are hiking in the summer, keep in mind that many trails are unshaded, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is essential, however, a lightweight long sleeve shirt is a must! My favorite are sun shirts by Columbia. Also, it is a good idea to wear lightweight long pants to protect yourself from the sun and bugs!

Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Sunglasses are an important part of your sun-protective wardrobe. When purchasing sunglasses, always look for lenses that offer UV protection.

A wide-brimmed hat is a simple and effective way to cover up your face and neck. When selecting a hat, choose one that has a wide brim, which will protect your ears, as well as your head and neck. Avoid baseball hats or straw hats with holes, as these are not as effective in protecting you outdoors.

  • Apply an effective insect repellent

Insect repellent is an important step against mosquitoes and ticks that can spread diseases like West Nile and Lyme.  When selecting an effective insect repellent, do not look at the brand names, but rather, look at the concentration of the active ingredients. Concentrations of DEET at 25 to 30% are the best to keep you protected.

  • Daypack/backpack

You need something you can carry comfortably and has the features designed to keep you hiking smartly. Don’t forget the rain cover; some packs come with one built-in. I have Osprey Daylite Daypack and it is perfect for day hiking.

  • Camera!!!

Zion National Park is a photographer’s dream! If you are like me, you will be taking hundreds, if not thousands, of photos. The scenery is just breathtaking and constantly changing. I have a Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Super Telephoto Camera that I bought a couple of years ago and I really like it.

  • A spare battery for the camera

Make sure to have a spare battery for your camera. I think there is nothing more frustrating than knowing that you still have half a day ahead of you, yet your camera’s battery is gone.

  • Tripod

If you are taking photos during the golden hour (shortly after sunrise or before sunset) when the light is softer, a tripod is essential for long exposure shots. Also, I like a tripod since it gives me more stability when taking close-ups of wildlife. I have Manfrotto Befree Live Carbon Fiber Tripod with Fluid Head. It is only 3.0 pounds and it fits nicely in my backpack.

  • Binoculars!

If your camera does not have a good zoom, then binoculars are a must. I know that luck will be on your side and you will see some wildlife, and what to treat to see them up close.

  • Trash Bag

This will make sure that the trail will stay beautiful for generations to come. A zip-lock bag is a great option as well for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear.

13 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

NUMBER 1

Emerald Pools Trail (Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pool Trails)

Emerald Pools Trail consists of 3 sections. You can hike just to Lower Emerald Pool (the first section) which is a short and easy hike, or continue to the Middle and Upper Pools which is more challenging.

  • Distance: Lower Pool – 1.2 miles round trip, Middle Pool – 2 miles round trip, and Upper Pool – 2.2 miles round trip
  • Time: 2-4 hours (depending on how far you hike)
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate (Lower Pools – Easy; Middle and Upper – moderate)
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop # 5 Zion Lodge. Across the road from the shuttle stop.

Emerald Pools Trail is a Zion classic. It is an absolute delight to hike this trail which meanders along a small stream that eventually takes you into an alcove with a couple of waterfalls cascading over an alcove and forming several pools.

The first section of the trail will take you to Lower Emerald Pools. This section is short and easy and is perfect for every fitness level with little elevation change.

Once you pass the alcove, the trail goes up at an incline and takes you to the top of the alcove that you have just walked under. It is called Middle Emerald Pools. There are no pools here, but rather you will find a stream that later on becomes the waterfall.

The final stretch leading to the Upper Emerald Pool is the most strenuous, but it is short.

To get back, you can simply retrace your steps. And, as you are leaving, take the last look back. You will be rewarded with the most stunning view! If you would like to see some different scenery on the way back, then you can take Kayenta Trail. Kayenta Trail is slightly longer. It will end at the Grotto Shuttle Stop #6.

Emerald Pools Trail in Zion

Emerald Pools Trail meanders along a small stream and eventually takes you into an alcove with a couple of waterfalls cascading over an alcove and forming several pools.

Great Hikes in Zion 

Emerald Pools Trail in Zion

The first section of the trail will take you to Lower Emerald Pools. This section is short and easy and is perfect for every fitness level with little elevation change.

Emerald Pools Trail in Zion

The pools are beautiful, however, no swimming or wading is allowed. 

NUMBER 2

Pa'rus Trail

  • Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #1 Zion Canyon Visitor Center (trail ends at Shuttle Stop #3 Canyon Junction)

Pa’rus Trail is one of the best family-friendly hikes in Zion! First of all, it is paved, which is ideal for strollers and wheelchairs. In addition, bikes are allowed on this trail as well. Second, it is an easy hike with very little elevation change.

Both Oak Creek and Pine Creek cross this relaxing trail as it winds along the Virgin River.

The trail name, Pa’rus is from a Paiute word that means “bubbling, tumbling water”.

I have to confess that the views from the trail are especially captivating at sunset. If you happen to be on the trail at sunset time, you will capture great photos of the stunning red rock, the Watchman, which glows with all the colors of sandstone: pinks and reds, orange, yellow, and all shades of white. It is a photographer’s dream to be able to catch all these colors.

Pa'rus Trail in Zion

Pa’rus Trail is one of the best family-friendly hikes in Zion! First of all, it is paved, which is ideal for strollers and wheelchairs. In addition, bikes are allowed on this trail as well. Second, it is an easy hike with very little elevation change.

Great Hikes in Zion 

Pa'rus Trail in Zion

The trail name, Pa’rus is from a Paiute word that means “bubbling, tumbling water”.

Pa'rus Trail in Zion

The trail is especially captivating at sunset. If you happen to be on the trail at sunset time, you will capture great photos of the stunning red rock, the Watchman, which glows with all the colors of sandstone: pinks and reds, orange, yellow, and all shades of white.

NUMBER 3

Angels Landing Trail

Starting April 1, 2022, a Timed Entry Permit is required to hike on Angels Landing. Make your reservations at recreation.gov.

  • Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #6 The Grotto

Angels Landing Trail is a classic hike in Zion National Park. Needless to say, it is one of the hikes with the most stunning viewpoints. However, Angels Landing Trail is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. There are sections of the trail where you will be walking on a narrow spine of the mountain and using chains to help you up.

Angels Landing Trail

Angels Landing is one of the most iconic hikes in Zion National Park. The trail to the seemingly inaccessible summit passes along a thin, rocky ridge with 1,000-foot dropoffs on either side.

Angels Landing Trail

Only thick metal chains bolted into the rock offer protection in the form of handholds.

NUMBER 4

The Grotto Trail

  • Distance: 1-mile round trip
  • Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #5 Zion Lodge, or Shuttle Stop #6 The Grotto

The Grotto Trail is one of the best easy hikes in Zion! It is definitely a family-friendly trail. The views along the trail are spectacular. So, my recommendation is to just take your time and enjoy the scenery.

The trail connects the Zion Lodge to the Grotto and is near the road most of the way. This trail is a great place to view wildlife.

Hikes in Zion

The Grotto Trail is one of the best easy hikes in Zion! It is definitely a family-friendly trail.

Great Hikes in Zion 

Hikes in Zion

The views along the trail are spectacular. So, my recommendation is to just take your time and enjoy the scenery.

Great Hikes in Zion 

NUMBER 5

Weeping Rock Trail

  • Distance: 0.4 round trip
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop # 7 Weeping Rock

Weeping Rock Trail is one of my favorite hikes in Zion. It is a short hike, however, it climbs at a sharp incline and eventually takes you to a large bowl-shaped alcove with water flowing over its recess.

Along the way, you will pass by so-called ‘weeping walls’ with water flowing down the rocks. And, make sure to look up and catch the view of the lush ‘hanging gardens’.

By the way, if you happen to be visiting in the summertime, be on the lookout for the Hanging Columbine. Interestingly enough, the Hanging Columbine is endemic to Zion. Actually, there are two species of Columbine in the park – the golden one, which has yellow flowers, and the western one, which has red and yellow flowers.

In addition, Weeping Rock Trail has a nice shade and stays cool even during the hottest summer days. The water flowing down from the Weeping Rocks provides invigorating refreshment in the dry heat. So, be prepared to get a little bit wet. Likewise, use caution when walking since the path might be slightly slippery. If you are visiting the park in the wintertime, be prepared for the trail closure due to icy conditions.

Weeping Rock Trail in Zion

Weeping Rock Trail is a short hike, however, it climbs at a sharp incline and eventually takes you to a large bowl-shaped alcove with water flowing over its recess.

Great Hikes in Zion 

Weeping Rock Trail in Zion

The water flowing down from the Weeping Rocks provides invigorating refreshment in the dry heat. So, be prepared to get a little bit wet.

Great Hikes in Zion

Along the way, you will pass by so-called ‘weeping walls’ with water flowing down the rocks. And, make sure to look up and catch the view of the lush ‘hanging gardens’.

NUMBER 6

Riverside Walk Trail

  • Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #9 Temple of Sinawava

Riverside Walk Trail is an easy, paved trail with little elevation change. It is perfect for the entire family. The trail follows the Virgin River as it rumbles along the bottom of a narrow canyon and the views along the way are awesome.

Originally, Riverside Walk Trail was called Gateway to the Narrows since it provides access to the bottom-up Narrows route.

Riverside Walk Trail in Zion

Riverside Walk Trail is an easy, paved trail with little elevation change. It is perfect for the entire family.

Great Hikes in Zion

The trail follows the Virgin River as it rumbles along the bottom of a narrow canyon and the views along the way are awesome.

Riverside Walk in Zion

Originally, Riverside Walk Trail was called Gateway to the Narrows since it provides access to the bottom-up Narrows route.

Great Hikes in Zion 

NUMBER 7

Canyon Overlook Trail

  • Distance: 1-mile round trip
  • Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Zion-Mt. Carmel Drive

Canyon Overlook Trailhead is located on Highway 9, just east of Mount Carmel Tunnel. By the way, there is no shuttle in this area and you will need to use your own vehicle to get there. Parking is extremely limited, so be prepared to try multiple times.

Canyon Overlook Trail is a rocky and uneven trail with some steep inclines in several places. There are some long drop-offs at the overlook, however, most of them are fenced.

The view of the Zion Canyon with the switchbacks below the west end of the Mount Carmel TunnelWest Temple, the Towers of the Virgins, the Streaked Wall, and the Beehives is off the charts!

Easy Hikes in Zion

Canyon Overlook Trail / Great Hikes in Zion 

Observation Point Trail in Zion

Canyon Overlook Trail / Great Hikes in Zion

Observation Point Trail in Zion

Canyon Overlook Trail / Great Hikes in Zion

Great Hikes in Zion 

Observation Point Trail in Zion

Canyon Overlook Trail / Great Hikes in Zion

Great Hikes in Zion 

Canyon Overlook in Zion National Park

Canyon Overlook Trail / Great Hikes in Zion

Great Hikes in Zion 

Great Hikes in Zion

Canyon Overlook Trail / Great Hikes in Zion

Great Hikes in Zion 

NUMBER 8

Observation Point Trail

  • Distance: 8 miles round trip
  • Time: 4-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #7 Weeping Rock

Important: Due to a large rockfall in 2019, the route to Observation Point from Weeping Rock Trailhead (located inside the park) is closed until further notice.

Observation Point can still be reached from the East Mesa Trailhead.

  • To get to the East Mesa Trailhead, follow Highway 9, also called the scenic Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, past Checkerboard Mesa, and turn left on North Fork County Road. On the way, you will pass Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort as you follow back roads to the trailhead.
  • The road to the East Mesa Trailhead is rough and unpaved. It is most suited for 4WD vehicles, however, I have seen many 2WD vehicles on this road as well.
  • If you do not feel comfortable driving on this road, then take a shuttle from Zion Panderosa Rach Resort to the trailhead.

The viewpoint at the end of the trail is an iconic image of Zion National Park. It is absolutely stunning! Hands down – Observation Point Trail is the best hike in Zion National Park!

Observation Point stands at 6,507 feet above the sea level, which is over 700 feet higher than the famous Angels Landing. So, once you get to the top, you will be able to see Angels Landing and give yourself a pat on the back for being adventurous to conquer the higher viewpoint.

Observation Point Trail in Zion

The viewpoint at the end of the trail is an iconic image of Zion National Park. It is absolutely stunning! Hands down – Observation Point Trail is the best hike in Zion National Park!

Great Hikes in Zion 

NUMBER 9

Zion Narrows Trail

  • Distance: Up to 10 miles round trip
  • Time: Up to 5-6 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #9 Temple of Sinawava

The Zion Narrows is a legendary hike. The Virgin River is your trail! You hike in the knee to waist-deep water surrounded by the towering wall of the canyon.

No Permit is required if you are hiking the Zion Narrows ” Bottom-Up” (up the stream).

Weather forecasts need to be taken very seriously. Do not hike the Zion Narrows if there is any kind of rain in the forecast. Flash floods can develop within minutes with strong, rushing water.

The Zion Narrows might be closed during the spring months due to snow melt and spring run-off.

Most hikers get to Mystery Falls, which is half a mile from the Gateway to the Narrows, and then go back. Mystery Falls is a very beautiful spot where the water falls down the walls.

If you feel like you can continue, then in about 1.25 miles you will reach Wall Street. Notably, Wall Street starts when the walls narrow and the Virgin River fills the canyon bottom.

Just a few minutes up from the start of Wall Street is the junction with Orderville Canyon. This section lasts about a mile and is stunning. As the walls begin to open, I would recommend this as a turnaround spot.

Zion Narrows

The Zion Narrows is a legendary hike. The Virgin River is your trail! You hike in the knee to waist-deep water surrounded by the towering wall of the canyon.

Zion Narrows Trail

In about 1.25 miles from Mystery Falls, you will reach Wall Street. Notably, Wall Street starts when the walls narrow and the Virgin River fills the canyon bottom.

NUMBER 10

Hidden Canyon Trail

  • Distance: 2.5 miles round trip
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #7 Weeping Rock (access the East Rim Trail from across the footbridge adjacent to the parking lot. The Hidden Canyon Trail turns right from the East Rim Trail at the sign)

Hidden Canyon Trail is a great hike in Zion National Park. It is similar to Angels Landing with long drop-offs and chains to help you along the way. It is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights.

The views are not as dramatic as the ones on Angels Landing Trail, however, you will have some peace and solitude on this trail since it does not get very many visitors.

Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion

Hidden Canyon Trail is a great hike in Zion National Park. It is similar to Angels Landing with long drop-offs and chains to help you along the way. It is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights.

Great Hikes in Zion 

NUMBER 11

The Subway (Bottom-Up)

  • Distance: 9 miles round trip
  • Time: 6-10 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trailhead: Left Fork Trailhead, located about one hour from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center
  • Permits: Wilderness Permits are required for this area year-round

The Subway is a strenuous hike through the Left Fork of North Creek to the Subway slot canyon. This hike involves scrambling over large boulders and hiking in ankle to knee-deep water.  The route takes most hikers 6 to 10 hours to complete.

Wilderness Permits are required for this area year-round. Left Fork (Subway) Permit Information.

An online Advance Lottery is held for all trips, April through October, into the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway) to obtain a reservation for a Wilderness permit. Online applications must be submitted two months prior to your planned trip, with up to three prioritized dates selected. Applications are limited to one request per individual, per canyon, and per month.

The Subway in Zion

The Subway is a strenuous hike through the Left Fork of North Creek to the Subway slot canyon. This hike involves scrambling over large boulders and hiking in ankle to knee-deep water.  The route takes most hikers 6 to 10 hours to complete.

Great Hikes in Zion 

The Subway in Zion

The Subway | Great Hikes in Zion

The Subway in Zion

The Subway | Great Hikes in Zion

NUMBER 12

The West Rim Trail

  • Distance: 16.2 miles
  • Time: 9-12 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trailhead: West Rim Trailhead from near Lava Point

The West Rim Trail is a long and strenuous trail that can be done as a day hike (9-12 hours), or as a 2-day backpacking trip.

The southernmost section of this trail is the most spectacular. It climbs via Refrigerator Canyon to Scout Lookout near Angels Landing and then ascends further alongside Telephone Canyon to the wooded Horse Pasture Plateau.

West Rim Trail in Zion

The West Rim Trail | Great Hikes in Zion

West Rim Trail in Zion

The West Rim Trail | Great Hikes in Zion

West Rim Trail in Zion

The West Rim Trail is a long and strenuous trail that can be done as a day hike (9-12 hours), or as a 2-day backpacking trip.

Great Hikes in Zion 

NUMBER 13

The Watchman Trail

  • Distance: 3.3 miles round trip
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Shuttle Stop #1 Zion Canyon Visitor Center

The Watchman Trail initially follows the Virgin River and then takes you through the foothills beneath massive Bridge Mountain. Eventually, it ends at the base of the Watchman spire.

Many Zion National Park landmarks are visible along this hike including Beehives, Towers of the Virgin, West Temple, and the Altar of Sacrifice.

Great Hikes in Zion

The Watchman Trail initially follows the Virgin River and then takes you through the foothills beneath massive Bridge Mountain. Eventually, it ends at the base of the Watchman spire.

Great Hikes in Zion 

Pick Your Perfect Hike in Zion National Park

Best Hikes in Zion for Families

  • Lower Emerald Pool Trail  – 1.2 miles round trip and 69 feet elevation change. One of the best short and easy trails in Zion National Park that leads to waterfalls and pools.
  • Pa’rus Trail – 3.5 miles and 50 feet elevation change. One of the best family-friendly hikes in Zion. The trail is paved which is perfect for strollers and wheelchairs, plus bikes are allowed on this trail. The views of the red rock, the Watchman, are absolutely stunning along the way.
  • The Grotto Trail – this trail is one of the best easy hikes in Zion! It is definitely a family-friendly trail. The views along the trail are spectacular. So, my recommendation is to just take your time and enjoy the scenery.
  • Weeping Rock Trail – it is a short hike, however, it climbs at a sharp incline. It can be managed by everyone in your group. The trail will take you to a large bowl-shaped alcove with water flowing over its recess.
  • Riverside Walk – this is an easy, paved trail with little elevation change. It is perfect for the entire family. The trail follows the Virgin River as it rumbles along the bottom of a narrow canyon and the views along the way are awesome.

Hikes with the Best Views in Zion National Park

  • Angels Landing Trail – this is a strenuous trail with an elevation change of 1,488 feet. In addition, this trail is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. The last section of Angels Landing Trail traverses over a narrow spine of the mountain. You will need to use chains to help you up. The views on this trail are spectacular!
  • Observation Point Trail – this trail is long and strenuous, however, the views at the Observation Point are off the charts!
  • Zion Narrows – Zion Narrows should be on everyone’s list! It is a legendary hike where the Virgin River is your trail. The views of the canyon walls just 20 feet apart are awesome.

Most Adventurous Hikes in Zion National Park

  • Angels Landing Trail – Angels Landing Trail definitely is an adventurous hike and not for people with a fear of heights. The last section of Angels Landing Trail traverses over a narrow spine of the mountain. You will need to use chains to help you up.
  • Zion Narrows – Zion Narrows is another trail that is challenging for those who crave some adventure.
  • The Subway – The Subway is a strenuous hike through the Left Fork of North Creek to the Subway slot canyon. This hike involves scrambling over large boulders and hiking in ankle to knee-deep water.  The route takes most hikers 6 to 10 hours to complete.

Intrepid Scout's Tips for Most Scenic Hikes in Zion National Park

  • If you decide to hike Angel’s Landing Trail in Zion then you need to reserve Timed Entry Ticket. Visit recreation.gov to make reservations.
  • Stock up on snacks and water, and fill up the gas tank. Get all your groceries (water, snacks, lunch) and fill up the gas tank before entering the park. You will save some money by packing your own lunch. There is a restaurant and a small store at Zion Lodge, however, be prepared to pay extra for food and water.
  • Be prepared for crowds. Zion National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. 4.5 million people visited Zion National Park in 2019. With that being the case, be prepared for crowds everywhere.
  • Park your vehicle in Springdale, UT, and then take the shuttle. Parking is very limited inside Zion National Park and private vehicles are not allowed past the Canyon Junction if the shuttle is operating. Park your vehicle in Springdale and then take the shuttle. There are nine shuttle stops in Springdale.
  • Arrive early. The shuttle starts operating at 6 am. Be the first one in the line to board the shuttle. You will be able to experience some solitude on the trails and not wait in line to take a picture.
  • A trip to Zion is perfect when paired with a side trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, or Canyonlands, Capitol Reef National Parks.

Check out my post: Zion to Bryce Canyon: 3-Day Adventure (with Maps and Photos)

Did you know that Utah has five national parks known as ‘The Mighty 5‘. Have you visited any of them? Which is your favorite Utah National Park? Let me know in the comments below which one you think is one of the best Utah national parks. Get inspired with this Epic 7-Day Road Trip Through Utah National Parks.

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13 Great Hikes in Zion National Park

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26 thoughts on “13 Great HIKES in ZION NATIONAL PARK You Need to Explore


2019-11-26

This is such a beautiful place, and even though I am not a hiker, I would love to visit. Maybe I could find a quiet place to have a picnic and enjoy the scenery 🙂

    2019-12-01

    Oh most definitely you could find a nice, secluded place and have a lovely picnic, while you are admiring the views.

2019-11-27

I just love those red rock faces. I used to live in Arizona and we visited Sedona in the fall and the barrage of colour at that time of the year was amazing. A couple of years ago we took the train from NY to LA, and stopped off at the Grand Canyon, and the scenery was mesmerizing, because it gradually changed based on the sun moving across the sky. Up until then I’d thought it would be a place to visit for a short trip to just check it off the list, but it was stunning. And it looks like Zion has the same warm, rich landscape that just embraces you and tugs at your heart strings.

    2019-12-01

    Thank you for your most wonderful comment, Jay! I return often to Zion and to Grand Canyon. So much to explore and the vistas are spectacular.

2019-11-27

Never heard of Zion National Park, but it looks like a great one with so many hiking options. Stunning pictures as well! I especially like the first one with the autumn colours.

    2019-12-01

    Thank you for commenting!

2019-11-27

I have visited Zion multiple times and have done several of these trails. i won’t do Bright Angel as it is too crowded and I think it is dangerous when it gets crowded as people are careless. Feel like Canyon Overlook is getting that way too, my last time doing it there were reckless people and I didn’t like it. BUT many of these other trails are absolutely wonderful and I love Zion!

    2019-12-01

    Hi Andi,
    I totally understand! I do not even go in the summer. The only time that I venture out in these areas are late fall, or early winter.

2019-11-27

Great list of hikes! I cannot wait to go back to Zion soon. My husband and I hiked the Narrows a few years ago. It is still our favorite hike thus far. It was beautiful, unique, and the perfect way to escape the high heat in the park during the hot month of June. We hope to go back with our toddler next year, and we will seek out some other hikes from your list!

    2019-12-01

    The Zion Narrows is an ultimate hike. I am so glad you got to experience it.

2019-11-27

Zion is stunning! I went once but had only a morning to hike. I would love to go back. I was worried about the Narrows (flooding), so I’m especially interested to learn more about that. Great photos!

    2019-12-01

    Thank you, Sharon. You should plan another visit to Zion.

2019-11-28

The photos! I could imagine myself right there. Thanks for the detailed information. It’ll be helpful when we plan our trip there. We’ll be able to choose suitable trails.

    2019-12-01

    I am glad you found it useful!

2019-11-28

This is a really fantastic & comprehensive guide. Photos are amazing. I have not been to Zion but it is on my list to explore. I will definitely be checking your guide beforehand!

    2019-12-01

    Thank you, Sue! Most definitely, check out Zion. You will love it.

2019-11-28

I will have to get myself across to Zion, the trails and hikes look amazing.

    2019-12-01

    I am highly recommending. It is one of the most scenic places in the US.

Empty Nesters Hit The Road
2019-11-28

As an avid hiker I found this article so helpful. I just love all the detail you’ve provided. My husband and I are hoping to visit Zion in 2020, so I’ve pinned this post so I can refer back to it later.

    2019-11-28

    Zion is a great destination. The hikes are awesome and varied, so there is something for everyone.

2019-11-29

What a great guide. I’m planning to visit Zion National Park next year, só keeping this post. Think I’ll skip the Angels Landing Trail, sounds a bit too scary for me 🙂

    2019-11-29

    Yup! Angels Landing is pretty challenging.

2019-11-29

We really need to get back and spend a week here just hiking all these trails. We only had time for a short visit on our first trip and definitely want to get back.

    2019-12-01

    I go back all the time. Different seasons give Zion completely different look.

Love this post! We visited Zion last year with out 2 year old and we did all of these hikes except Angels Landing. I love your quick tips on each hike and also your maps. And your pictures of the Narrows are STUNNING. We didn’t get that far up the river (2 year old on the back), but we’ll definitely be back. I also love your photos at the bottom of Bryce Canyon- very pretty.

    2019-12-01

    Thank you so much!

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