Hike Zion's Canyon Overlook Trail



1 miles

Elevation Gain

57 ft

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Added by Mariya Dondonyan

Incredible views of Zion's Canyon with great photo opportunities. Short and easy hike with a great reward. 

The trailhead is located east out of the 1.1 mile long tunnel off highway 9. Parking is available immediately to the right after exiting the tunnel and the trail then begins with these charming steps, carved into sandstone, that climb above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The trail is broad and easy to follow, but could get muddy and rocky at certain points. If it had rained before you take this trail, watch out for muddy or slippery trails.

This short and easy hike ends at the edge of a cliff that rewards you with a magnificent view of lower Zion Canyon, including Zion's famous Switchbacks, the Beehives, West Temple, East Temple, Towers of the Virgin and the Streaked Wall. This hike is perfect if you are looking for a high elevation viewpoint, but do not want to tackle a grueling trail.

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almost 5 years ago

Short Hike With A Great Rewarding View!

Make time to do this trail, even after a full day of hiking the longer trails in Zion. The views here are so worth it, and the trail is easy and quick. Great to view the sunset as well!


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almost 5 years ago

Short hike with spectacular views!

The views here are amazing for such a short hike! The trail is a bit narrow in spots; we passed a woman who was afraid of heights who had to stop and turn back because she was too nervous to continue on the trail. We lost the trail at one point, but eventually made it to the top. Regardless, it was a great way to start our day at Zion!


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almost 5 years ago

Great Sunrise Spot

I did this hike four times in the three days I was at Zion. Its a fun, scenic, short hike that is great to get your blood flowing in the morning, or if you just want a quiet place to watch sunset after an active day. It is an absolutely beautiful overlook, and at sunrise the clouds above the canyon as well as the canyon walls light up very nicely. I highly recommend watching at least one sunrise here while in Zion.

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