Zion National Park Accommodations, Hotels, Vacation Rentals & Lodging
This is our guide to Zion National Park, Utah with our favorite hikes there. We visited the park end of November 2017.
This video includes our hikes to Angels Landing (Zion Canyon), Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon (Zion Canyon), Northgate Peaks (Kolob Terrace), Emerald Pool (Zion Canyon) and Taylor Creek (Kolob Canyons).
We did not have the time to hike the Narrows or the Subway so they are not included in this video.
#1 Angels Landing (Zion Canyon)
It is also one of Zion’s most popular hikes and one of the top hikes in North America. It starts at the Grotto trailhead. There a two segments with switchbacks that make really nice photos before you reach the difficult part of the hike. This trail has an elevation change of 1500 feet and has 1000 foot sheer drop offs on both sides. For a better look, check out this video: https://youtu.be/SQ2och3IUQ4
#2 Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon (Zion Canyon)
Both trailheads start by the Weeping Rock shuttle stop. The first half of the Hidden Canyon hike is strenuous with switchbacks. The second part of the path is flatter and much more narrow, with a steep drop offs. There are chain railings to help hike that section. You can keep hiking into peaceful Hidden Canyon (after a little climb on a big rock) where you can see a beautiful Arch. For a better look, check out this video: https://youtu.be/f-4zm5B2Vp8
#3 Northgate Peaks (Kolob Terrace)
Park at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead. The hike starts on the Wildcat Canyon Trail for almost a mile until the trail splits and you take the Northgate Peaks Trail. This trail is flat and easy to the dramatic view on the Northgate Peaks East, West and The North Guardian Angel. This trail offers a very different scenery of Zion and has much less traffic than Zion Canyon. No water at the trailhead.
#4 Emerald Pools (Zion Canyon)
The trailhead starts by the Zion Lodge shuttle stop. This is another popular trail in Zion and it is heavily trafficked. The walk to the Lower Pool is easy mostly flat. Getting to the Middle Pool requires gaining a bit of elevation and it is pretty close to Lower Pool. Be cautious when watching the Middle Pool as it can be slippery. Finally, the trail becomes rocky and steadily climbs to Upper Pool.
#5 Taylor Creek (Kolob Canyons)
This is a popular trail in the Kolob Canyons Section though it is lightly trafficked. It is also known as the “Middle Fork of Taylor Creek”. It requires crossing a river numerous times and gradually gains elevation. There are two historical cabins built in the 1930’s (Larson Cabin and Fife Cabin) along the trail. The trail ends at the Double Arch Alcove. No water or bathroom at the trailhead.
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