Canyon Overlook Trail

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Distance

0.88 miles

Elevation Gain

57 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Mariya Dondonyan

Incredible views of Zion's Canyon with great photo opportunities. Short and easy hike with a great reward. 

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 to follow, but could get muddy and rocky at certain points. If it had rained before you take this trail, watch out for muddy or slippery trails.

This short and easy hike ends at the edge of a cliff that rewards you with a magnificent view of lower Zion Canyon, including Zion's famous Switchbacks, the Beehives, West Temple, East Temple, Towers of the Virgin and the Streaked Wall. This hike is perfect if you are looking for a high elevation viewpoint, but do not want to tackle a grueling trail.

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Very easy hike

A very easy hike in Zion. Perfect for new hikers or kids. Views are great.

Beautiful Views

This is a short hike but the views over Zion canyon are amazing. Fun trail.

about 1 year ago

Great easy hike

Beautiful short hike at the entrance of Zion National Park! This hike is less than a mile with very little elevation change, so it's definitely doable on tired legs or little legs. It is a great place to watch the sunset if you don’t want to do an intense hike in Zion!

Zion overlook is amazing!

Great hike to the top. Takes about an hour round trip. Parking is very limited during peak times. Amazing views. Pictures don’t do it justice.

Easy And Stunning

This hike was easy and crazy beautiful

Short and Sweet

Canyon overlook was maybe the biggest bang for the effort. A short and sweet hike ends at a spectacular alternative canyon viewpoint with lots of space to spread out and explore from many vantage points. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone.

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over 4 years ago

Awesome For Families

Knowing we wouldn't be able to do Angels Landing with our 2 year old in tow, we hoped this would be the next best thing, luckily we were right! Views were stunning

about 5 years ago

Night Hike

Hiked this in the middle of the night by myself and a surreal experience I will never forget. It was slightly cloudy, but it cleared up with a full moon lighting up everything for me. I got to the edge of the canyon, laid there while stargazing and had quite a relaxing time. Going at night is definitely different compared to going during the day. I wouldn't go by myself unless you are a brave soul, but coming here at night is quite an experience.

Explorer

about 5 years ago

Short Hike to Great Views

Zion’s Overlook Trail is a short and easy hike that provides spectacular views of Zion’s main canyon. Do be aware that this is possibly the most popular hike in the park and you made need to find parking father up highway 9 where possible. If you are comfortable with rock scrambling, head north and climb along the slick slabs above the overlook towards the The East Temple. Here you will find the same and possibly better views of the canyon and surrounding features without the crowds.

Explorer

over 5 years ago

Short Hike With A Great Rewarding View!

Make time to do this trail, even after a full day of hiking the longer trails in Zion. The views here are so worth it, and the trail is easy and quick. Great to view the sunset as well!

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