Zion National Park Sports & Outdoors

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    CLIMBING THE RED SANDSTONE

    by mtncorg Written Oct 3, 2005

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    Climbers on a chimney below Scouts Landing

    With 2000 foot cliffs all around you, you have a multitude of choices for your next rock blast. Most of the routes are quite serious and draining. Scouts Landing, Greta White Throne, the Tunnel Walls all await your chalk. The Backcountry Desk at the visitor center can lend more information about routes. No permits are needed unless your climb requires an overnight bivouac - nothing quite as much fun as spending a night in a bat hammock! Like in Park canyons, power drills are not allowed for bolt placement. Inner tubes are not allowed either for would-be canyoneers.

    Equipment: Rock gear of various levels. Most climbs tend to take an extreme nature with only a few areas where you can top rope. There are a lot of easier places to learn to rock climb, though there are plenty of places you could do so here, too.

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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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    Mountain Climbing

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    Climbing the Red Sandstone Cliffs

    Technical mountain climbing is allowed within the park, however, it is recommended that you do not climb alone. The climbing in Zion will often be on sandstone and requires hardware and technical rock climbing skills. Climbing is prohibited in certain areas of the park, such as those above Middle and Lower Emerald Pools and Weeping Rock. Other routes are closed when Peregrine Falcon are nesting. Be sure to check which routes are closed to climbing at the visitor center before beginning a climb. If you are planning an overnight climb, permits are required.

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    Rent a Bicycle

    by KimberlyAnn Written Jan 28, 2003

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    View From Bicycle Path

    Visit the visitor center’s web site and click “Services” to find a description of the following two shops where you may rent bicycles. Bike Zion is at 1458 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, and Springdale Cycles is at 932 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767.

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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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    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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