Hike Zion's Canyon Overlook Trail

Utah Zion Canyon Overlook

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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  • Snacks
  • Backpack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

57 Feet

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Features:

Easy Parking
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Scenic
Wildlife

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5 months 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.

5 months ago

6 months 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.

6 months ago

8 months 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!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Short hike with spectacular views!

The views here are amazing for such a short hike! The trail is a bit narrow in spots; we passed a woman who was afraid of heights who had to stop and turn back because she was too nervous to continue on the trail. We lost the trail at one point, but eventually made it to the top. Regardless, it was a great way to start our day at Zion!

9 months ago

Great Sunrise Spot

I did this hike four times in the three days I was at Zion. Its a fun, scenic, short hike that is great to get your blood flowing in the morning, or if you just want a quiet place to watch sunset after an active day. It is an absolutely beautiful overlook, and at sunrise the clouds above the canyon as well as the canyon walls light up very nicely. I highly recommend watching at least one sunrise here while in Zion.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Priceless Year round!

Came here once when I was 14 and it was cool. Went when I was 24 and it was AWESOME! Guess I enjoy nature now more however this is a bit of a risk takers hike. Lots of steep edges but the payoff is worth it. In the winter you cross and walk on a frozen waterfall! Zion truly is so Zen, Buddha would make this the new Tibet!!

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

Parking can be an issue as it's a popular trail but it's definitely worth the hassle for the view.

about 1 year ago

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