Zion National Park
Amazing views of Zion
1.2 Miles Round trip
317 Gain, 159 Feet Loss one way
$25 Park Entrance Fee
None bring your own
Full exposure during the sunlight hours
Lots of steps and well traveled dirt path
At the trailhead
Zion Canyon Visitor Center
In the park
This is a really fun and really pretty little trail in Zion. It does get crowded but not as much as others in the park. This is an amazing place to watch the sunrise which is what I did and getting up early was well worth the time! Also we only saw two other people the whole time. This trail starts at the small parking lot just east of the Mt. Carmel Tunnel.
The trail immediately starts with lots of stairs and climbs for most of the way. The first part of the hike gives you some cool birds eye views of Pine Creek Canyon which is a popular canyoneering slot canyon.
The trail skirts cliff ledges several times and has several uneven spots so make sure to watch your step and keep an eye on kids.
While we were hiking we had a Bighorn Sheep walk right up to us so close we could have pet her. These are really cool animals to see!
The destination is the top of the giant arch you had to have seen before reaching the tunnel. If you look close you can see people on top with these views from the road below.
Once at the top there is a nice interpretive sign so you can see the names of the different formations. The views to the sides are really awesome here and you can look over the railing straight down several hundred feet which I always think is fun.
This is an amazing place to see some of the tallest formations in Zion and the views are really amazing. Seeing the sun coming up was one of the highlights of my trip. The whole park is gorgeous but this is a great way to see it!
You have to return the way you came. Don’t worry though, the half mile goes pretty quick.
This is a great trail in Zion that is short enough for beginners and pretty enough for big hikers to see the views Zion can offer. Its a great way to start a day!