Zion National Park Hiking

The Canyon Overlook Trail

Type Hike:


Distance, One Way:

.5 mile

Average Hiking Time:

One hour


All year

Use Level:


Interpretive leaflets for this self-guiding trail are available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, and usually at the trailhead. The trailside environment, quite different from that of Zion Canyon, features plants and animals surviving in a rock and sand habitat. Pine Creek has formed a convoluted narrow chasm below the trail. The trails-end viewpoint offers views of the West and East Temples, Towers of the Virgin, the Streaked Wall, and other prominent features of lower Zion Canyon.


The trail begins at the parking area just beyond the east end of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, 5 miles east of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.

Caution: A series of uneven steps are cut into the sandstone at the start of this trail, followed by irregular rock and sand surfaces. Supervise children closely near vertical drop-offs.

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Featured Park
Zion National Park, a place home to the Narrows, Canyon Overlook, Emerald Pools, a petrified forest, a desert swamp, springs and waterfalls, hanging gardens, wildflowers, wildlife and more!
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