Zion National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    Angel's Landing

    by blueskyjohn Updated Mar 20, 2013

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    Angel's Landing is one of the highlight hikes in the park and a must do. The Angel's Landing trail is accessed from the West Rim trail. To access the West Rim trail, park at the "Grotto." If there is no parking available (Nov. - Mar), you will have to park at the Zion Canyon Lodge and walk about 10 minutes to the Grotto. After March, the shuttle is operating so this is not an issue. The hike up the West Rim trail is long, steep and exposed to the sun at the beginning. However the trail is paved all the way up to the Angel's Landing area.

    The actual hike is well maintained but has very exposed ledges and narrow paths with 1400 foots drops. There is a chain rail that runs the entire way up to the top. The views are amazing.

    Some issues that must be over is the number of people going up and coming down at the same time. Many times you have to find a good spot to stand and let people pass going down as you ascend.

    This is a must do and shouldn't be missed.

    Equipment: Water, water and more water. Also, wear good hiking shoes for the hike up. On this most recent trip, I saw many people hiking this in street type shoes, sandals, flip-flops and even counted three people going up/coming down with bare feet! Pretty stupid to hike in any desert environment with bare feet never mind steep ledges with a 1400 foot drop. I'd like to think this is natural select and Darwin at his best.

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    Riverside Walk Trail

    by Basaic Updated Oct 22, 2010

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    The Riverside Walk Trail is an easy 2.2 mile paved trail that follows the Virgin River from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows. This is a very nice trail with some great views. You can continue at the end of the trail into the narrows if you have a permit and are prepared. Parts of the Narrows Trail is walking through the water. This trail is 14 miles one way and is rated strenuous. The Narrows Trail is sometimes closed, like when I visited, due to the high volume of water flowing through it.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Weeping Rock Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The Weeping Rock Trail is rated easy and leads to a few different views of Weeping Rock. The trail is .4 miles long with an elevation gain of just under 100 feet.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Middle and Upper Emerald Pools Trails

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    Middle Emerald Pools Trail

    The Middle Emerald Pools Trail connect with the Lower Emerald Pools Trail and the Kayenta Trail. It is rated moderate and is 2 miles long with an elevation gain of 150 feet. The Upper Emerald Pools Trail connects to the Middle Emerald Pools Trail and is rated Moderate. It is 1 mile in length with an elevation gain of about 200 feet (rather steep in places). They lead to more pools.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water, maybe a snack, and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Lower Emerald Pools Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The trailhead for the Lower Emerald Pools Trail begins across from the Zion Lodge. This trail is rated easy and is about 1.2 miles in length with an elevation gain of only 69 feet. The trail crosses the North Fork of the Virgin River and winds up to the first of the pools. the trail is paved part; but not all of the way.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Court of the Patriachs Overlook Trail

    by Basaic Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    Court of the Patriachs Overlook Trail

    The trail to the overlook is very short and paved but a little steep. May be too short to really be called "Sports Travel"; but the view is nice.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing.

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    Archeology Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The Archeology Trail begins at the Visitors Center and leads to the outlines of some prehistoric ruins. The trail has a few informative signs along the way. The trail is short (.4 miles) but steep with rocky, uncertain footing.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing.

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    Back Country Hiking and Camping

    by Basaic Updated Aug 16, 2010

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    Back Country Desk

    There are lots of opportunuties for back country hiking and camping at Zion National Park. I did not do any of these personally; but you can get information about these opportunities at the "Back Country Desk: inside the Visitors Center.

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    Canyon Overlook Trail

    by Basaic Written Jul 27, 2009

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    The Canyon Overlook Trail is 1 mile long and rated moderate. It leads to the top of a natural bridge. You cannot, however, see the bridge from the trail. There are some steep dropoffs so don't take this trail if you are afraid of heights.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water.

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    hiking & backpacking

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 13, 2009

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    things you miss when you don't hike

    Zion is a perfect park for hiking. The weather is generally great and the there are trails to suit everyone, even one pretty one that is wheel chair accessible. Of course, this being steep canyon country, the hikes that afford the best views are strenuous. There is no easy way to get up those sheer walls so do some training prior to coming to the park to ensure your own enjoyment.

    Equipment: Being physically fit is the most important thing you can do but you also need sturdy hiking shoes. This is no place for flip flops despite it being warm. Good socks are something people short change themselves on but after using a good pair, you'll never look back. Treat your feet, they deserve it. It's always good to be prepared for the worst, so bring a jacket, hat, and rain coat just in case. Don't forget the sunscreen.

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    Canyon Overlook Trail, Zyon National Park

    by gubbi1 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion, UT, US
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    An excellent scenic, short trail in Zyon:

    The Canyon Overlook Trail
    To reach it, try to park directly after the first tunnel in the park (coming from the west). There is a small parking (space for just a few cars) directly at the exit of the tunnel and one about 300 meters later. In my case at first I did not find a parking lot, but after turning twice, I was lucky and somebody just left. Best to be early. The trail head is at the tunnel exit, very easy to be found.

    The trails data...
    Distance: 1 mile (roundtrip)
    Ascent: 163 feet
    It is stated to have moderate difficulty and that it is not recommendable for people with problems concerning height.

    Equipment: Stabil shoes as the trail is not paved. Real hiking boots not really neccessary.

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    Hiking - Some suggestions.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    The beauty of Zion displayed!

    Zion National Park is very known for its incredible slot canyons, which attracts hikers from around the world. We did two hikes. One towards the Upper Emerald Pool. And one through a slot canyon. Both were worth while. Free guided and interpretive tours are available. Below a brief description of some interesting trails:

    One hour or less (round trip)

    - Weeping Rock: self guiding walk to a spring and "hanging garden";
    - Canyon Overlook: self guiding walk to a canyon viewpoint;
    - Lower Emerald Pools: easy walk to a waterfall.

    One-two hours (round trip)

    - Riverside Walk: easy walk along the Virgin River;
    - Middle Emerald Pool: moderate walk to pools and waterfalls;
    - Watchman: moderate walk to viewpoint of lower Zion Canyon.

    Three-four hours (round trip)

    - Hidden Canyon: fairly strenuous hike to a hanging canyon;
    - Angels Landing: strenuous hike to the top of Angels Landing.

    Equipment: Have a look at Zion National Park Packing List.

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    Hiking - Fascinating shapes and patterns.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    Alone standing rock.

    Zion National Park, in southwest Utah, preserves one of the iconic landscapes of the American Sothwest and offers some of the most memorable day hikes to be found. The park is devided in diffirent sections. East of the Zion-Mt. tunnel, you can see fascinating shapes and patterns at the top of the sandstone layers. The southern part of the park is a lower, desert area. Here, colourful mesas are bordered by rocky canyons and washes. The western sections of the park are from volcanoes and petrified wood from ancient forests. The northern sections of the park are higher plateaus. The cool, green forests overlook broad panoramas of rugged canyon country.

    We hiked our way around and started across from Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from the Zion Canyon Lodge. The trail towards Lower Emerald Pool was probably one of the easiest paths and was paved for handicap accessibility. It was a rather crowded track as it is the perfict hike for the family. But anyway, the view we had at the beautiful pool with its waterfal was beautiful. We continued our way via a rocky path. We were pleased to watch the views in the shades provided by the trees. Beautiful hike!

    Equipment: Have a look at Zion National Park Packing List.

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    Hiking - Famous for its bright red-orange stones.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    A beautiful blue sky at a rim in Zion.

    Designated in 1919, Zion National Park is Utah's oldest National Park. In our opinion Zion is the one place you absolutely should not miss on a trip to Utah. Also known as the "Land of the Rainbow Canyons", Zion is famous for its bright red-orange sandstone canyons that merge in shades of white, pruple, pink and yellow to create some of the most brilliantly coloured rockface in the world. Here the Virgin River has cut through a high plateau to create a geological marvel. If you want to see these colourful sandstone canyons, hot rocky deserts and cool forested plateaus the right way you must definately hike.

    Zion is one of the most diverse hiking meccas on the entire planet. We found lots of visitors facilities, the grandest viewpoints and trully many hiking paths. These paths ranged from extended backcountry trails to easy 10 minutes strolls to places of interest. Low and high deserts, waterfalls, high cliffs, sandstone wildeness, the Virgin River's lush valley and Zion's water filled canyons, it's all there!

    Equipment: Have a look at Zion National Park Packing List.

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    Eploring Zion on Horseback

    by KimberlyAnn Written Apr 14, 2007

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    Horseback Riding in Zion

    Guided horseback trips are available in Zion from March through October. The one hour trip will take you along the Virgin River for about one mile. No child under 7 may go on this ride, and no one over 220 lbs is allowed. The half day trip along the Sand Bench Trail will take you along the Sandbench Trail, gradually climbing 500 feet, offering you a spectacular view of the southern end of Zion. This half day trip has an age limit of 10 years, and a weight limit of 220 lbs.

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