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Canyon Overlook Trail

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
+1 435-772-3256
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Must do - short, straight off the car park and with an amazing view

You cannot go past this one, the view at the end of the 20 minute hike is absolutely breath taking... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Patrick M
Mosman, Australia
Amazing introduction to the park

My first time here and we quickly took advantage of this trail. Being from Miami where the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jen K
Miami, Florida
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This one-mile hiking trail starts just outside the east entrance to the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel, and leads to a dramatic observation point that provides impressive views of Zion's rugged landscape.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
+1 435-772-3256

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You cannot go past this one, the view at the end of the 20 minute hike is absolutely breath taking. Despite the short distance, it's not all easy and there are a couple of challenging parts, but the view... Go for it.

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 6 days ago

My first time here and we quickly took advantage of this trail. Being from Miami where the elevation is zero, this was a bit tough at first. But, the top was breathtaking. So peaceful and awesome! I cannot wait to return.

Thank Jen K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been to Zion a couple times already before someone clued me into this hike. I'd done Observation Point, Angel's Landing, and most of the other "big" hikes in the valley. Wish I'd found this one sooner, as it is now a favorite. Though not...More

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Canyon Overlook Trail is a great little hike outside of Zion Canyon. To reach the trailhead, drive UT-9 past the visitor center and Canyon Junction to the tunnel. Immediately after coming out of the tunnel is a small parking lot on the right. If it's...More

1  Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If coming from Bryce, this is a worthwhile first stop and hike. It's only a mile and most people can easily do it. The view at the end is incredible. Park right before the big tunnel (if you find an open spot).

Thank MTRose
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hiked this trail in roughly 30 minutes or less. It was well worth the trek. It was not a difficult hike, although may be difficult for the older crowd or for children. It was a lovely hike, and not too crowded when I visited...More

Thank Valerie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trail starts right beside the east entrance of a tunnel. There is a tiny parking lot across the road. Further east, there is another small parking on opposite side. Many people park on the side of the road. The trail itself is fun. Not...More

Thank GJ46
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overlook Trail is well worth a visit, especially for the view of the canyon at the end and for seeing bighorn sheep. Don't underestimate it, however. It is a short hike, but requires a reasonable degree of fitness and flexibility. The first part ascends quite...More

Thank Jerry G
Reviewed 1 December 2017

After doing the Narrows, I was not interested in another strenuous hike. My husband and daughter decided to do Observation Point. My son and I opted for this alternative hike. We dropped them at 7am for their hike then went to the trail head for...More

Thank AustinRindy
Reviewed 25 November 2017

We stopped here on our way back from Bryce Canyon as we were staying in Springdale for 2 nights as our base to visit Zion and Bryce. The trail head is just outside the East entrance/exit of the Zion-Mt Carmel highway tunnel. There is a...More

Thank sge31
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Jack B
5 July 2017|
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Response from Baxie | Reviewed this property |
I think you can (but check with nps website) as shuttle's only cover the area north of that turning. Be warned parking at the overlook trail is very limited so get there early.
1 May 2017|
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Response from Mario Q | Reviewed this property |
Anyone can hike the trail, but no cars are allowed inside the canyon you must take the shuttle. Youre free to go hit the sunrise hike
23 April 2017|
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Response from jordanwhitley | Reviewed this property |
it is about 2 hours to the entrance of Zion.... another 20-40 depending on traffic through the tunnel