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

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

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

This Afternoon
Sunny. High near 55, with temperatures falling to around 49 in the afternoon. South southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.

Clear. Low around 26, with temperatures rising to around 34 overnight. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Sunny. High near 52, with temperatures falling to around 45 in the afternoon. North northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 22. North northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 48. Northeast wind 2 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night
Clear, with a low around 21.

Sunny, with a high near 47.

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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.