Hike Angels Landing at Night

Angels Landing, Hurricane, Utah, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

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Picnic Area
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Amazing night views of Zion National Park. See the park with no crowds. Five-mile roundtrip hike.

Angel's Landing is one of the most popular hikes in all of Zion National Park and for good reason. It offers great views of the main canyon and at 5 miles roundtrip it is the perfect length for a great day hike, or a great night hike. Hiking Angel's Landing during the day is breathtaking and even more so after the sun goes down.

To get to the Angel's Landing trailhead from the main entrance, follow the road until you get to the junction, turn in to the main canyon, and go until you reach the Grotto. Park in any of the lots in the area. From there, cross the river, turn right, and follow the paved path up the massive monolith. You'll be hiking up hill most of the way and will pass through Refrigerator Canyon and up Walter's Wiggles before reaching the saddle which is two miles in. Once at the saddle turn right and follow the signs another half mile to the landing.

During the day, almost year round, Angel's Landing is packed with hikers. At night though, the trail is basically empty even though it's in a central area of the park. Plan your night hike around the moon and weather. You'll want the trail to be dry and the moon to be full and bright so you can get the best views of the park. From the top you'll be able to look up and down both sides of the canyon and out over the lodge. The best part is that you'll likely see no one so enjoy the solitude.

During peak months only the park's shuttle's are allowed in the canyon unless you get a special permit or are staying at the lodge. On non peak months, when the park is a little more empty, you can drive up the canyon and park at the Grotto trailhead, which is where the Angel's Landing trail starts. Call ahead to check the shuttle schedule. Find a time when you can drive in the canyon and park at the Grotto.

Hiking at night is a little different than during the day. Things look different and there's a different feel to being out in nature when you should be sleeping. Although most of this trail is paved and smooth it can still be dangerous, especially the last half mile to the landing—it seems like every year there is a death on this hike and really it comes down to not being prepared. Bring a good headlamp with extra batteries, proper clothing, good shoes, and enough water. If you slip or take a wrong step because you can't see, there is a real chance you could die. Honestly, you should probably do this hike in the day time before heading up in the dark.

At the trailhead there will be plenty of parking. There's a bathroom that is open all night and also a few water spigots to fill bottles up before you start your hike.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Good headlamp with extra batteries
  • Good shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera/Tripod
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This hike really is so busy during the day but we were pleasantly surprised to find it empty as the sun started to set. In August the walls of the canyon glowed orange as the sun went down and then the Milky Way came out!

6 months ago
6 months ago

So I did this underestimating the hike because of the sidewalk that is paved most of the way. It was icy , snow at the top and I was in beat up old tennies. I have to admit it was not nighttime but it was slick and therefore dangerous but So so beautiful.

9 months ago
9 months ago

We came and did this on a lunar eclipse, breathtaking! Unforgettable experience. I really want to go back and do this again. Make sure you take proper headlamps, and extra! Plenty of water, and jacket too! Even in summertime. Night time you miss the crowds, it's silent besides the breeze and nocturnal creatures. So amazing!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for the night-hike tip! I did it in early August and it was absolutely stunning. The Milky Way was visible directly down canyon and was centered between the canyon walls. A truly unforgettable night!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I really enjoy this hike, It was kind of hard for me, but I made it and I love the stunning view up there!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Beautiful hike! I would recommend NOT going on a holiday/holiday weekend because there are TONS of people and many of whom can't hike to save their lives. Besides the foot traffic, it was a great hike!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Doing this at night was one of the most nerve racking things that I've ever done. We weren't well prepared and it's already a scary enough hike. But so worth it the stars were out and it is such an incredible view

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The exposure is awesome and it makes for a great adventure. I take anyone visiting the area here. It can get crowded especially on weekends and during other peak times. If you are afraid of heights you might not make it.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I've done this hike many times during the day and recently did it at midnight under a full moon. It was a new, unique experience! Those who haven't done it during the day should do it then, first for two reasons: 1. It's a sketchy hike, made to be even sketchier at night, even with adequate lighting/moonlight. 2. As cool as it is at night, it's DEFINITELY more scenic in the daytime. If you can experience the hike only once, daytime is definitely better.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

A truly amazing and beautiful hike. Worth every minute.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

M W

One of my all-time favorite days... Hiked deep into The Narrows in daytime then up Angels Landing to catch the sunset alone on the summit and then down in the dark with a moon so bright I didn't turn on my headlamp.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Haven't done it at night, yet, but this hike is amazing!!!!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

One of my favorite hikes in the NP system!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Love this hike but man I'd be nervous doing it at night haha. The trail gets so narrow near the top. I'll keep this in mind next time. Would be worth it just to enjoy it without the swarms of people during the day

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Did this hike for the first time under a mostly full moon last week. So awesome. Nobody else was up there; we had a great view of Zion Canyon and some climbers doing a night ascent of Lunar Ecstasy across the way. If you're in decent shape the trail is nothing to worry about, although you definitely need to be careful near the top!

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

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