Zion National Park

The Subway - Zion National Park

The Subway – Zion National Park

You will be hiking on hard sandstone for about a quarter of the hike then once you get to the water areas you will be in and out of water.  There are a few water areas where you will NEED to swim short distances.  After you pass out of the Heart of the Subway landmark you will now be travelling in and out of ankle deep water for the remainder of the hike. If this is your first time doing The Subway, I highly recommend you travel with someone who has already done this hike.  Make sure you are confident in yours and their ability to navigate the entire hike.  I have been through the Subway 10 times now and it never ceases to amaze me how some people are under-prepared as they underestimate this hike.  GPS Coordinates Beginning Parking Lot at Wildcat Canyon Trailhead: 37° 20.392'N, 113° 4.542'W The Subway Trail Junction: 37° 20.403'N, 113° 3.573'W The Canyon ...
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Mystery Canyon - Zion National Park

Mystery Canyon – Zion National Park

Please make sure you have the proper training and skills to go through Mystery Canyon.  Remember that you are only as good as the weakest member in your group. That being said, this is an incredible canyon with some fun and amazing rappels and sights to see.  Enjoy! GPS Coordinates Zion Ponderosa Approach (shorter but requires a 2 vehicle shuttle system): 37.296732°, -112.900958° Observation Point Trailhead Approach (longer but does not require a 2 vehicle shuttle system): 37.270662°, -112.938478° Mystery Canyon Entrance:  37.289260°, -112.929658° Mystery Canyon Exit (requires rappel): 37.299420°, -112.944309° Trail Map Driving Directions It is up to you which approach you will take! Zion Ponderosa Approach For the Zion Ponderosa approach which begins up at the Zion Ponderosa area (it's located at the north of the East Entrance to Zion National Park) , you will need a shuttle system. Either have two cars; one you can leave at the Visitor Center and one you can leave at the ...
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Zion National Park closes 13 climbing routes to protect nesting falcons

Zion National Park closes 13 climbing routes to protect nesting falcons

I haven't done any rock climbing in Zion but it is wasn't surprising to see climbing routes such as Angels Landing and Cable Mountain on the list. From KSL: The routes were closed Wednesday and will remain closed while park wildlife biologists determine the birds' nesting locations. Cliffs that don’t shelter nest sites this year will reopen some time by late April or early May. Cliffs with nests will remain closed until the falcon chicks fledge, which usually happens in late July. Read full article here ...
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Hiker killed in high-elevation fall at Zion National Park

Hiker killed in high-elevation fall at Zion National Park

This is a tragic incident and reminds us that we need to use extra caution when we hike dangerous trails such as Angel's Landing. From FOX 13: ZION NATIONAL PARK – A hiker was killed in a fall at Zion National Park Friday. Authorities said hikers found the 45-year-old man’s body in Refrigerator Canyon along the West Rim Trail just after 8 a.m. Read the full story here ...
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Timber Creek Overlook Trail - Kolob Canyons Zion National Park

Timber Creek Overlook Trail – Kolob Canyons Zion National Park

GPS Coordinates: Timber Creek Overlook: 37.42808, -113.20397 Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: The hike to the Timber Creek Overlook is 1/2 mile making this entire hike only 1 mile roundtrip.  It was really easy and didn't gain too much in elevation while it goes in a south direction for the entire hike. The trail begins at a large parking lot where are there plenty of parking slots for your RV, car or truck.  There are also pit style toilets and a few picnic tables here too. Even just from the parking lot you already have great views of the giant sandstone mountains on the other side of the canyon. The trail winds around juniper and scrub oak trees as you make your way to the overlook. The views this hike offers are worth the short trek. Along the way we found this tarantula spider in the middle of our ...
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Weeping Rock - Zion National Park

Weeping Rock – Zion National Park

GPS Coordinates: Weeping Rock: 37.27158, -112.93678 Trail Map Driving Directions You will need to park near the Zion National Park Visitor Center so you can take the shuttle into the park to the Weeping Rock shuttle stop.  There are entrance fees into the park but once you get inside the shuttles are free. The Trail: Weeping Rock is a steep yet short trail that ends where a bunch of water is seeping out of the sandstone rock above you.  The trail is on paved cement with handrails on some of the steeper and potentially slippery areas.  Overall this is a great hike and ends with an incredible view of the canyon below you. To get to the Weeping Rock trailhead you must take the Zion National Park shuttle to this point.  Once you get off the shuttle simply follow the paved trail and signs to Weeping Rock.  You will notice a ...
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The Narrows - Zion National Park

The Narrows – Zion National Park

GPS Coordinates: Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop: 37.285268°, -112.947426° End of the concrete footpath: 37.296456°, -112.948185° Trail Map Driving Directions Bottom Up Approach - RIVER WALK TRAIL Park at the Zion National Park Visitor Center and take the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop. Top Down Approach You need a permit to hike the entire Narrows from top to bottom and you will also need a two-car shuttle system or have someone drop you off at the top.  Follow the map to the Top Down Approach trailhead for the Narrows. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from St. George to this traillhead. The Trail: You can hike the narrows in two ways.  You can either hike Top Down or Bottom Up. Top Down Approach If you plan to hike the narrows from the Top Down you will need to reserve a permit from the park service.  It is a 16 mile ...
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Kolob Canyons - Zion National Park

Kolob Canyons – Zion National Park

Driving Directions The Trail: Kolob Canyons is a part of Zion that is really amazing for several reasons. There are FAR less people here. Even in summer the crowds are bearable since it is an hour or so drive from Zion Canyon. The place is absolutely gorgeous. I could argue that it is prettier than the main Zion. Its an amazing place to see at sunset.  Its a great place where you can spend a whole day hiking or just go for a one hour evening drive to see the beauty. There is a small visitor center where you can pay the Zion entrance fees. The two biggest trails are Double Arch Alcove, and Kolob Arch. Kolob arch is a long strenuous day hike that I have not done yet but plan on in the future. Its I believe the second largest free standing arch on earth. Double Arch Alcove ...
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Angels Landing - Zion National Park

Angels Landing – Zion National Park

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Angels Landing is a really amazing hiking trail. That said it is almost always very busy. Its very iconic for a reason but it has its downsides being so popular. This is a trail that is very enjoyable and one I like to take my time and relax on since there are gorgeous views the entire time. This is not a great hike for young kids or those in bad shape. The majority of it is steep switchbacks and the rest cliff scrambling. It will definitely get your heart pumping. There is a large parking area at the Grotto trailhead. In summer you have to ride a bus to this point. Just out of the parking lot you will cross a bridge over the Virgin River and then follow the river for a few minutes. Soon Angels Landing will come into view. You will ...
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Kanarra Creek

Kanarra Creek

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: This is a great little hike with easy access for a slot canyon and could be done with kids and families during the summer. We went the week after a snow storm. The snow made the area really really beautiful but made the hike a beast as it was a few miles of post holing and breaking through ice. I was not able to make it all the way to the waterfalls. We got within ear shot of them but never did get to see them due to a very large snow drift. The hike was still really cool and gorgeous. This hike is very easy to find as it starts right in town. The parking area is located on 100 North. It was too snowed in so I parked at the city hall back in town where you don't have to pay to ...
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Zion Canyon Overlook - Zion National Park

Zion Canyon Overlook – Zion National Park

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. 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 ...
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Emerald Pools - Zion National Park

Emerald Pools – Zion National Park

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Emerald Pools is a VERY popular hike in Zion National Park. There are always a ton of people for a hike that I think is really only worth doing if the waterfalls are flowing. If the water is flowing then it is worth dealing with all the people. Like all Zion hikes you are surrounded by spectacular vistas. This is a great hike for families and kids. The parking lot is right across from the Zion Lodge. Just after the lot you will cross a bridge above the Virgin River. The trail is paved all the way to the first pool. You will be surrounded by huge Zion cliffs. This is a rare hike that actually has substantial shade here. It would be a good one to escape heat in the summer but that is also when the waterfalls are rarely flowing. You will ...
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Keyhole Canyon - Zion National Park

Keyhole Canyon – Zion National Park

A quick easy slot canyon that is fun filled.  It is a great way to introduce someone to the sport of Canyoneering and it is also enjoyable for experts. GPS Coordinates Parking Lot/Trailhead:  37.224632°, -112.902614° Jug Handle Arch:  37.236540°, -112.904298° Start of Actual Keyhole Canyon:   37.226798°, -112.900847° Trail Map: Driving Directions: The Trail: I have successfully traversed Keyhole Canyon several times now and it is still a great little canyon to explore.  On this particular visit we escaped the cold of northern Utah to head down to the semi-warm of Zion National Park in Southern Utah in the middle of March.  Since we had already known that Keyhole holds very cold water we knew that doing the canyon in March would bring even colder water!  So we rented some drysuits and began the adventure. From the parking lot head east around the first bend in the road and then immediately cut north up the small canyon ...
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