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Zion Canyon Overlook – Zion National Park
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Overview
Location

Zion National Park

Sights

Amazing views of Zion

Distance

1.2 Miles Round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

4,878

Summit Elevation

5,294

Elevation Gain/Loss

317 Gain, 159 Feet Loss one way

Time Required

1 Hour

Fees

$25 Park Entrance Fee

Water Info

None bring your own

Best Season

Any

Sun Exposure

Full exposure during the sunlight hours

Trail Condition

Lots of steps and well traveled dirt path

Restrooms

At the trailhead

Visitor Center

Zion Canyon Visitor Center

Camping

In the park

Food

In Springdale

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Return:

You have to return the way you came. Don’t worry though, the half mile goes pretty quick.

Personal Thoughts:

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!

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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