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Trip Planner: USA / Utah / Zion National Park / Canyon Overlook Trail
Hike Canyon Overlook Trail with the knowledge that you don't have to be extremely fit to admire some of the greatest views of Zion National Park. One of the park's most scenic trails, the moderate incline and roundtrip length of just 1.6 km (1 mi) make it accessible for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Even during this short hike, you'll be able to experience a variety of landscapes and natural features, and perhaps discover some of the park's abundant wildlife. The trail end commands impressive views of some of the park's most famous features. Apart from one shady alcove, most of the trail sits in direct sunlight, so make sure to apply adequate sun protection. Avoid hiking the trail in wet weather, because it can become dangerous when slippery. Plan my trip to Zion National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
Canyon Overlook Trail reviews
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 1pm. We approached from the valley, and read that the trail and parking was located shortly after going through the tunnel. This was indeed the case...
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 1pm. We approached from the valley, and read that the trail and parking was located shortly after going through the tunnel. This was indeed the case... more »
Canyon Overlook Trail is a great, fun trail leading to a broad overlook above the western entrance to the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. It is accessed from the highway on the east side of the tunnel...
Canyon Overlook Trail is a great, fun trail leading to a broad overlook above the western entrance to the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. It is accessed from the highway on the east side of the tunnel... more »
The highest ease of hike to spectacular view ratio in Zion. Parking is difficult, but well worth the effort. The hike itself is easy, with the hardest part up front as you climb 100 steps or so in the first part of the hike. After that, there are a couple of simple rock scrambles and a few ledges with a 10 to 15 foot drop. Nothing hard or exceptionally dangerous, but something to be aware of. The end of the 1/2 mile trail is a 1000 foot vantage point that overlooks Pine Creek Canyon and the beginning of Zion Canyon. Amazing.
This is a great sunrise spot. The parking lot (which is directly after the tunnel when traveling from the visitor center) fills very quickly. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise and hiked to the overlook in the dark. Don't forget your headlamp or flashlight. The trail is rocky and steep - you. want to wear proper shoes. It is an out and back trail that takes about 35 minutes to complete. There is approximately 190 feet of elevation gain, and the trail is rated as moderate. There is a small bridge you will cross and a few spots with steep drop offs, but there are rails or wide paths in those areas. The view from the. top. is beautiful - a vast canyon with red cliffs that shine when the sun hits them in the morning.
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