Springdale, Utah

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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Camp Under Zion's Watchman

    4.3
    Watchman Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds at Zion National Park. With a prime location only a ¼ mile away from the South entrance and gorgeous scenery right outside of your tent, including the tall sandstone cliffs that surround it, it’s easy to see why this campground is everyon...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Watchman Trail

    4.8
    3.2 mi / 863 ft gain
    The Watchman is one of the last parts of Zion to be illuminated in sunlight at the end of the day. If you're finishing up your adventure filled day with a sunset hike or if you're looking for a warm-up hike which also happens to be a Zion classic, then The Watchman Trail is perfect. With only abo...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Pine Creek Bridge

    4.4
    1.46 mi / 69 ft gain
    The view of the Watchman from Canyon Junction Bridge was formerly one of the most highly photographed views in Zion National Park. Per Zion National Park regulations, standing on the Canyon Junction Bridge for photographs is not permitted. Your best alternative is Pine Creek Bridge, a pedestrian ...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Zion Canyon Scenic Dr

    5.0
    12.7 mi
    Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is the main road through Zion NP.  There is a fee to drive through the park, and it can only be seen via shuttle during the high tourist season.  If doing the entire scenic drive, on Hwy 9 from I-15 to Mt. Carmel Junction, you will pass through the surrounding cities of H...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Canyoneering Pine Creek Canyon, Zion

    1.5 mi / -300 ft gain
    Disclaimer: Canyoneering is a dangerous and technical activity. Don’t enter any canyon without the skills to match it, or the knowledge to navigate it. Pine Creek requires a canyoneering permit that can be reserved online and picked up at the Zion Visitor Center. Be sure to reserve your permit 3 ...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Canyon Overlook Trail

    4.8
    0.88 mi / 57 ft gain
    The trailhead is located east out of the 1.1 mile long tunnel off highway 9. Parking is available immediately to the right after exiting the tunnel and the trail then begins with these charming steps, carved into sandstone, that climb above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The trail is broad and easy ...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Hike the East Temple Saddle Loop

    5.0
    2.56 mi / 2500 ft gain
    This adventure is a strenuous 4-mile (3-5 hour) loop into the backcountry of ZNP and is not recommended for families or those with a fear of heights. It begins at the Canyon Overlook Trailhead located on the east side of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. Parking in the area is very competitive and I ...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Hike the Sand Bench Trail

    3.62 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Sand Bench Trail is a loop trail and starts at the Court of the Patriarchs shuttle stop. The trail makes a loop which is approximately 3.6 miles long. The trail can be accessed across the road from the shuttle stop. Look for a water tank and bridge crossing the Virgin River. Although often o...
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  • Rockville, Utah

    Camp off the Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway

    5.0
    9.5 mi / 800 ft gain
    Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway is gorgeous 9.5 mile road that runs between Rockville near the entrance to Zion National Park and Apple Valley UT, and affords excellent places to camp & boondock *as long* as it is 0.5 miles from the road itself (and there are numerous turn offs). To get ...
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  • Rockville, Utah

    Grafton Ghost Town

    4.8
    Grafton Ghost Town is an abandoned small town 7 miles outside Zion National Park and the modern towns of Rockville and Springdale, Utah.  To get there from Highway 9, get off on Bridge Lane residential road and cross the Virgin River on a historic single track iron bridge- then  head west. At th...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Upper Emerald Pool

    4.3
    2.92 mi / 600 ft gain
    Start this trail walking across the bridge over the Virgin River into the start of the trails that lead to the pools. The path takes you through the bottoms of the water falls and you see them falling over the rocks above you. Though this sight may be totally awesome, be careful as you walk alo...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Camp on Wire Mesa

    5.0
    Wire Mesa off the Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway is a fantastic place to camp in southeastern Utah even if you do not plan on visiting Zion, just a few miles to the north. There several backcountry campsites on the Mesa, with the northwestern-most site giving the best views overlooking the V...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Hike Many Pools

    4.6
    2 mi
    To get there, drive about .8 miles east of the smaller tunnel on the Zion-Mt. Carmel highway. There will be a place to pull out and park on a large turn. Continue walking down the road about 150 yards east and cross the street before the next turn. There is no marked trail, but there should be a ...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Angels Landing

    4.7
    4.24 mi / 1488 ft gain
    Angels Landing has long been one of my favorite Zion National Park hikes. The hike is thrilling, extremely photogenic, and appeals to those who enjoy exchanging leg power for views. The hike to the top isn't long, 2+ miles, but you'll definitely feel the 1500 feet of gain! The trail features a mo...
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  • Springdale, Utah

    Canyoneering Keyhole Canyon

    4.0
    Keyhole Canyon is an experience for the adventurous, thrill seeking explorer. Hidden between the jagged mountains of Zion National Park, this canyon sits roadside, just two miles from the east entrance. Before we continue, please note that Canyoneering is a dangerous sport. This canyon is not for...
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  • Hurricane, Utah

    Aid Climbing Moonlight Buttress

    Moonlight Buttress follows an amazing system of cracks up some really solid sandstone. The route is 5.8 C1 and is very straightforward. Hauling on the first few pitches is an absolute nightmare, but spending the night on the wall is spectacular. To get more info on the route check out the followi...
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