Zion National Park: Canyon Overlook Trail

InformationWell, this isn’t exactly a SocalHike, but I came across these old photos and wanted to write about it.

The trail to the overlook starts on the east side of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. Parking here was a bit scarce, but we got lucky and got a spot from some people that just finished their hike. After leaving the cars, we crossed the street and made our way to the trailhead. The trailhead starts simply enough with some stairs placed into the rock which leads to the adjacent picture.


This trail is only a mile long with barely any gain. But, its lack of intensity is made up for by its stunning views. Once up the stairs, the excitement starts. On the left is a deep canyon, to the right, sheer walls. Continuing along the path brings you into a small carved out overhang.

A long, painful ways downThe walls on the rightThe canyon overhang

These sections were really the only exposed parts. But safety was hardly an issue since there were railings at almost every exposed portion. Once past this part though, you leave the canyon and follow the trail a short ways to overlook.

The Canyon OverlookThe canyon

This hike was just a spur of the moment thing. We didn’t have plans to do anything other than drive through Zion to see what it was all about. But I must say that I was impressed. I definitely want to revisit this area to do some peak bagging.

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