Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging

Watchman Trail in Zion National Park is a fairly easy hike however has amazing panoramic views of Zion National Park. This hike should take you around 1-2 hours and can be easy to strenuous depending on the weather. This hike is exposed to the sun and in the summer temperatures can reach above 100 degrees. We hiked this trail in August but we started hiking at 7 a.m. so we had shade the whole time. The temperature was comfortable and the views were amazing.

This hike is a view point hike, you return the on the same trail you hiked in on. The best time of year for this hike would be fall or spring. If done in the summer be on the trail no later than 7 a.m.

Hike distance: 3 miles round trip
Elevation change: 300 feet

Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park has a great write up and map if you are interested, please check out his website!


Parking: Parking in Zion is usually full. If you get there early like before 6:30 a.m. you should find parking at the Zion Visitors Center. If you can, then park in Springdale and ride the shuttle to the Visitors Center.
Directions: Walk the road towards the main Route 9 road and you will see the trailhead sign on the north side of the road, on the east bank of the Virgin River.

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