Top Hikes in Zion National Park

Late October 2013 my mom and I took a road trip to Utah – first stop Zion National Park.  The entire park was absolutely spectacular with yellowing cottonwoods lining the Virgin River, orange-red rocks rising up on either side to meet the bright-blue sky.  I highly recommend a visit during the fall to see the colours changing!

The hikes we did, listed in order of my favourite!

1. Angel’s Landing 

Distance: 5 miles (8km) round-trip

Elevation gain: 1,488 ft

You’ll like it if: You have a penchant for daring adventures and like to be a little afraid – like me!  The final .5 mile from Scout’s Lookout to the Landing has steep drop-offs and chains to protect you from the sheer drops.  Not for those with a fear of heights or small children.

Link for more info.

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2. The Narrows

Distance: 1 mile along Riverside Walk to enter the Narrows – and then you can walk up the Virgin River as long as you want.

Elevation gain: minimal

You’ll like it if: You are looking for a different hiking experience – you will be hiking in the water! It can be challenging at times depending on the water depth, but mostly the water only slows you down and poses no real difficulty.  It was pretty cold when we were there, so we rented waterproof pants and special shoes to keep warm.  I can see how in summer when it is scorching this would be the hike to do!

Link for more info

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3. Hidden Canyon

Distance: 3.2 miles (5km) round-trip to the arch

Elevation gain: 1,000 ft

Highlights: There is a section where you walk along a narrow ledge with chains and a drop-off – not as frightening as Angel’s Landing. Although the end is signified by the freestanding arch, the best part of the hike for me was just being in the slot canyon.

Link for more info.

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4. Emerald Pools Loop

Distance: About 3 miles round-trip to the Upper pool

Elevation gain: 350 ft

You’ll like it if:  You love beautiful views – and who doesn’t???  Don’t be expecting large lakes – the pools were quite small when we were there.

Link for more info.

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5. Weeping Wall

Distance: About 0.5 miles round-trip

Elevation gain: 98 ft

You’ll like it if:  You don’t want a long hike to see a classic Zion site. And you like rocks, and water, and growth on rocks from the water….

Link for more info.

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Zion National Park Links

Some more Zion pictures:

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3 replies

  1. Hey You! Now that you are done your bicycling adventure, what are you doing? Are you going to go back into the work world in some aspect or continue the exploration of the world? What happened to Alex? I loved your photos/blog of your hiking expeditions with your Mom in Zion…. makes me yearn to go on an adventure. All the best to you. Really enjoyed following your cross Canada bike trek! Carolyn

    • Hello Carolyn!

      Great to hear from you! I am continuing to explore the world, but also forming a career out of it. I have absolutely fallen in love with rock climbing and am eagerly learning all I can about the sport and hope to be instructing others and sharing my passion one day soon. Alex is back home in Prince George and taking the winter off – back to work in March I do believe. We keep in contact using good ol’ snail mail! I hope you and your family are doing well – and getting some adventures in :) All the best.



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