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Canyon Overlook Trail Zion National Park, Utah


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The Canyon Overlook Trail is one of Zion’s classic easy hikes with outstanding views. The trail begins by ascending beautiful sandstone steps, climbing up above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. This short trek brings hikers to a cliff’s edge, boasting insanely beautiful views of lower Zion Canyon, including Zion’s most beloved Switchbacks. This hike is a perfect option for those looking for a high elevation viewpoint, without tackling a grueling trail such as Observation Point.


Elevation gain – 163 feet (49.68 m)
Difficulty rating – Easy short family hike.
Trailhead (The Starting Location) – The trailhead for this hike is located just outside the east end of the 1.1 mile Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel close by the ranger booth.
Duration (book time) – 30 minutes to 1 hour
Distance – 1 mile round-trip (1.61 km)
Seasons – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week granted visitor access makes this a popular place to be year-round.
Bathrooms – Vault restrooms are located at the trailhead across the highway from the ranger booth.


The Trail

Follow the steps up the Canyon Overlook Trail located on the east side of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel near the ranger booth. The Canyon Overlook Trail continues along a dirt path to an alcove with a recessed rock just beyond the alcove. The trail begins to climb among slick rock hoodoos, along cliff sections where you should proceed with extra caution.


Trail Map


Hike Features

Well maintained path made of mostly sandstone with some packed dirt sections.



The trailhead for this hike is located just outside the east end of the 1.1 mile Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel close by the ranger booth. Park here.




Getting to Zion National Park:

From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion’s east entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.


Nearby hikes

For those looking for a longer and more challenging adventure, there’s plenty of other trails nearby to extend your hiking day. Be sure to check out Observation Point, Angel’s Landing, or The Narrows.


Before You Go

Be sure to stay on established trails to protect yourself and the fragile desert environment. Never approach the edge of a cliff, and remember that sandstone can be slippery.

*NOTE* Do not hike this trail if it is wet, raining or lightening.


Current Weather Conditions

Springdale, UT

Clear. Low around 49, with temperatures rising to around 51 overnight. East wind around 2 mph.

Sunny. High near 76, with temperatures falling to around 74 in the afternoon. South wind 2 to 8 mph.

Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 2 to 9 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. West southwest wind 10 to 18 mph.

A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night
Rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


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Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis

Andrea is a writer, hiker, and adventurer from New England. She enjoys snowboarding, sunrise hikes, winter, night hiking, traveling, and photography.

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