Top Hiking Trails in Zion National Park
When it comes to hiking in Zion National Park, the word “paradise” doesn’t do it justice. Zion is a hiker’s utopia, filled with day hikes and backcountry adventures that set the scene for adventure in Mother Nature no matter the season. Here are a few of the park’s best trails.
Angels Landing via West Rim Trail – 5.4 miles (8.7 km)
Arguably one of Zion’s most famous hikes, the Angels Landing trail leads to a dramatic viewpoint 1,500 feet (457 meters) over the valley below. The strenuous hike isn’t for everyone, but those who tackle the major elevation gain, steep switchbacks, narrow ridges, and long drop-offs will be rewarded with some of the park’s most spectacular views.
The Narrows – 9.4 miles (15.1 km)
The Zion Narrows, one of the world’s best slot canyon hikes, follows the Virgin River as it winds through Zion Canyon. You might find yourself trekking through ankle- to waist-deep water at some points (making it a popular summer hike), but you can tailor the hike’s length and difficulty to your ability level.
Canyon Overlook Trail – 1 mile (1.6 km)
While relatively short, the Canyon Overlook Trail offers a big payoff in the form of spectacular views of Pine Creek Canyon and lower Zion Canyon. It’s a favorite among photographers and a must for first-time visitors.
Lower Emerald Pool Trail – 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
The gently sloping Lower Emerald Pool Trail offers easy access to Zion’s iconic towering rock formations. The relatively short one-way hike leads to the first of the park’s emerald pools and waterfalls. If you’re looking for something a bit longer and more challenging, this trail connects with the Kayenta and Upper Emerald Pool trails.
Kolob Arch via La Verkin Creek Trail – 14 miles (22.5 km)
This lengthy day hike takes you along the La Verkin Creek Trail to Zion’s famous Kolob Arch, the second-longest arch in the world. The trail isn’t overly strenuous (aside from the length) and winds through Zion’s desert, forest, and mountainous terrain.