Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park

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Hike Canyon Overlook Trail with the knowledge that you don't have to be extremely fit to admire some of the greatest views of Zion National Park. One of the park's most scenic trails, the moderate incline and roundtrip length of just 1.6 km (1 mi) make it accessible for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Even during this short hike, you'll be able to experience a variety of landscapes and natural features, and perhaps discover some of the park's abundant wildlife. The trail end commands impressive views of some of the park's most famous features. Apart from one shady alcove, most of the trail sits in direct sunlight, so make sure to apply adequate sun protection. Avoid hiking the trail in wet weather, because it can become dangerous when slippery. Plan to visit Canyon Overlook Trail during your Zion National Park vacation using our convenient Zion National Park trip builder.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Easy hike to a superb view of the vistas of Zion. Perfect for kids and teens. Bring lunch - hang out. You can't go wrong with this hike. As you drive up and out of the valley, you emerge from a long t...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    We didn't have a lot of time in the part but just enough to take the 1 mile round trip hike on the Canyon Overlook Trail. The views can't be described in words, you just have to see it to believe it. ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    We came in from the east and this was our first hike. It is a lovely trail with a great payout at the end. We also saw some bighorn sheep on the trail.  more »

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Where to stay in Zion National Park

If you want to stay inside Zion National Park, you can choose from three campgrounds or the Zion Lodge, which includes motel rooms, cabins, suites, and a restaurant. Two of the campgrounds sit near the south entrance, while the third lies more isolated about a one-hour drive from Zion Canyon along the Kolob Terrace Road. The gateway town of Springdale just south of the park has a wide range of accommodations. Choose from cozy inns and bed and breakfasts, rustic riverside lodges, and clean and simple motels. If everything's full here, try the nearby towns of Virgin and Hurricane.
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