Hiking The Canyon Overlook Trail

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Zion Canyon Overlook Trail
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This short trail provides access to a vista overlooking scenic lower Zion Canyon. The trail is broad and easy to follow, but uneven and rocky in spots. The vista is on the edge of a cliff, with dizzying views, but the cliff edge is fenced. It is a great little hike, well worth the effort.

Location: Hwy 9 just east of the Tunnel Difficulty: Moderate Length: 1 mile (round trip), 1 hours Elevation change: About 57 feet

Weather: This trail can be hiked almost year-round, but should be avoided if it is icy during mid-winter.

Other Factors: No services are available at the trailhead (no water or toilets).

Route Description: To reach the trailhead drive Hwy 9 through lower Zion Canyon, up the switchbacks and through the mile-long tunnel. Look for the parking area immediately after exiting the tunnel. From the parking area you must hike back along the road for a short distance to the trailhead.

The trail follows the ridge above Pine Creek, out to a viewpoint above The Great Arch. Views into Pine Creek are scenic, and views of lower Zion Canyon are stunning. The visitor center offers a printed guide for this trail. In summer, hiking is best during morning hours because afternoons can be hot. Carry water.

For more information contact Zion National Park, PO Box 1099, Springdale 84767, 435-772-3256.

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