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.

    The trail can be crowded in places. The final section to the top.
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    Wildcat Canyon Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 13, 2014

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    This trail is in the northwest part of the park well above the canyon floor. The scenery is completely different from what people expect at Zion National Park. High grasslands and pondarosa pines scattered along the trail makes this area of Zion one of my favorites.

    Wildcat Canyon rail is 6 miles long. The trail head is at a hairpin turn on Kolob Terrace Road. The trail ends at Lava Point and the trail head for the West Rim trail. I did the first 1.5 miles of trail which takes you to the Northgate Peaks Trail.

    From the start of the trail you have a good view of Pine Valley Peak. The trail passes on the left into an open green and lush area. The trail is easy and the spacing of the Pines was unique and beautiful.

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    Northgate Peaks Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 13, 2014

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    The only access to the Northgate Peaks Trail is by the Wildcat Canyon Trail. It is an in and out trail a little more than 2 miles round trip. The trail is relatively flat and a very enjoyable hike. The beautiful pines and cooler temperatures makes this a very good late spring or summer hike.

    The trail ends at a point that over looks the Northgate Peaks.

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    East Rim Trail - Cave Canyon section

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 14, 2014

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    The east rim trail is a total of 10.8 miles long. It starts from the east entrance of the park and winds down to the canyon floor. There is no shuttle that takes you to the east entrance. So to do this hike you have to arrange transportation to the trail head. When I did it we had two cars but we opted to just do an in and out hike of the first 2 miles making for a nice 4 mile round trip hike.

    Cave Canyon is actual up toward the end of the first 2 miles. There is a hairpin turn in the trail. You then begin to ascend. It is not all downhill to the canyon floor. There is some beautiful scenery on this section. It is a perfect hike if you want to experience the east rim but cannot do the through hike.

    A thing to note, this section has deep sand and makes the hike difficult. Be prepared to take your time.

    Equipment: Plenty of water. Trekking poles may be a good idea to help get through the deep sand.

    Deep sand on many sections of the first 2 miles
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    Hiking - Famous for its bright red-orange stones.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    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.

    A beautiful blue sky at a rim in Zion.
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    Hiking - Fascinating shapes and patterns.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    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.

    Alone standing rock.
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    Zion's bike trail

    by Combinedefx Written Feb 7, 2004

    There is a paved trail that will follow along the campground border and into the scenic drive area. We only followed the trail near the camping areas in order to kill some time. It is a lollygag trail which serves its purpose. It is a nice way around people since few take this route. We did not have time to explore the whole route and were more excited to ride for real at Gooseberry Mesa.

    Spree (my bike) along the trail
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    Arch Trail

    by Basaic Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    The Arch Trail leads you by some natural caves which were used by Native American Tribes almost 1000 years ago.

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

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    Rock climbing

    by goingsolo Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Technical climbing is permitted on canyon walls such as this one. A free permit is required for overnight climbs. Since the rock is sandstone and subject to erosion, extreme caution is required.

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