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Hike Canyon Overlook Trail with the knowledge that you don't have to be extremely fit to admire some of the greatest views of Zion National Park. One of the park's most scenic trails, the moderate incline and roundtrip length of just 1.6 km (1 mi) make it accessible for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Even during this short hike, you'll be able to experience a variety of landscapes and natural features, and perhaps discover some of the park's abundant wildlife. The trail end commands impressive views of some of the park's most famous features. Apart from one shady alcove, most of the trail sits in direct sunlight, so make sure to apply adequate sun protection. Avoid hiking the trail in wet weather, because it can become dangerous when slippery. Plan my trip to Zion National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Klarna Trips.
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Canyon Overlook Trail reviews
This trail is a little less busy as you have to drive through the tunnel to get there. Parking is limited and lots of overflow/side of the road parking. But the trail itself is shorter than most.... more
This trail is a little less busy as you have to drive through the tunnel to get there. Parking is limited and lots of overflow/side of the road parking. But the trail itself is shorter than most.... more »
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 1pm. We approached from the valley, and read that the trail and parking was located shortly after going through the tunnel. This was indeed the case...
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 1pm. We approached from the valley, and read that the trail and parking was located shortly after going through the tunnel. This was indeed the case... more »
Canyon Overlook Trail is a great, fun trail leading to a broad overlook above the western entrance to the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. It is accessed from the highway on the east side of the tunnel...
Canyon Overlook Trail is a great, fun trail leading to a broad overlook above the western entrance to the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. It is accessed from the highway on the east side of the tunnel... more »
The highest ease of hike to spectacular view ratio in Zion. Parking is difficult, but well worth the effort. The hike itself is easy, with the hardest part up front as you climb 100 steps or so in the first part of the hike. After that, there are a couple of simple rock scrambles and a few ledges with a 10 to 15 foot drop. Nothing hard or exceptionally dangerous, but something to be aware of. The end of the 1/2 mile trail is a 1000 foot vantage point that overlooks Pine Creek Canyon and the beginning of Zion Canyon. Amazing.
This is a great sunrise spot. The parking lot (which is directly after the tunnel when traveling from the visitor center) fills very quickly. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise and hiked to the overlook in the dark. Don't forget your headlamp or flashlight. The trail is rocky and steep - you. want to wear proper shoes. It is an out and back trail that takes about 35 minutes to complete. There is approximately 190 feet of elevation gain, and the trail is rated as moderate. There is a small bridge you will cross and a few spots with steep drop offs, but there are rails or wide paths in those areas. The view from the. top. is beautiful - a vast canyon with red cliffs that shine when the sun hits them in the morning.
So glad we stopped here for a short hike out to the overlook. Parking is right before the tunnel entrance and very small so difficult to find a spot. Trail is narrow and sketchy enough to keep it interesting. Great views of the canyon and the surrounding rock walls. Really great little hike most people miss. Also going through the long tunnel with no other cars around makes it really fun and opportunity for some cool pictures. 😁
This place is absolutely gorgeous. Hard to find parking tho, but can parallel park to the side of the road/dirt. There are 2 portable-like bathrooms. The view definitely worth to stop for. I did have hard time finding a way back due to no other people around and wasn't sure which way I came from. Fortunately, I heard a crowd and followed the sound
We passed through the stunning Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel Hwy. Just off Rt.9 Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel Hwy is parking area for Canyon overlook trail (1 mile, easy, a must for Instagram feed) We spend about 2 hours here including the hike, soaking in the view and most importantly taking pictures! We were done by 11 am.
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