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Canyon Overlook Trail

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, National Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Spencer, NC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I thought this would be a short one mile hike, with a good view at the end. However the whole mile was fantastic, caves, steep rocks, unseen canyon drops. And the end was a fabulous view of the canyon drive switchbacks from on top of the arch. It was one of our best hikes that day. Not too challenging, but... More

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I spent the day here with my friend and this was the first hike we did. The hike wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be and there were amazing views along the entire way. Not too steep, most people could complete the hike. View at the top was spectacular. An essential hike when visiting Zion national... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This short hike rewards you with a spectacular view of the canyon. There is some elevation change so take your time and be sure to take lots of water.

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Clifton Park, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Another easy hike with spectacular views. Most people miss it since it is a bit off the beaten path, but that makes it even more enjoyable - no crowds! Not anywhere near as difficult or scary as some guidebooks make it sound.

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toronto
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102 reviews 102 reviews
71 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It had been pouring buckets all the way from Bryce to the approach to Zion. The sun broke through just as we reached the East entrance to the park. We had been advised not to miss the canyon overlook--we had been told that it was just before the tunnel and very easy to pass--so we crept along, looking for it.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Canyon Overlook is an amazing, breathtaking and very easy trail. It gives you unforgettable memories! You can see mountain goats too. :) You'll get a fantastic lookout - seriously! You'll say: wooow! You should park RIGHT AFTER the Tunnel (from direction of Springdale, and RIGHT BEFORE the Tunnel (from direction of Bryce).

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a fairly easy 1 mile up and 1 mile back hike. It has some interesting features - bridges, ledges, and then a fantastic view of the canyon at the end. There are some drop offs, but nothing too scary. I highly recommend this hike for families.

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San Carlos, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
98 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We really enjoyed this short but memorable hike! The Overlook Trail is on the east side of the tunnel as you drive through Zion. The trail is very different from all of the other hikes in the area. You pull off the main road and park in a very small parking lot with an outhouse and then start climbing right... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was an easy, really nice hike that gave a different view of the canyon. We also watched Big horn sheep head butt one another for a while. We went early (about 8:00) to get a parking spot, which we did get (there are two parking areas, but they have few spots). The drive up to and through the tunnel... More

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Almere, Nederland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Easy trail with a great view at the end! Nice first impression of Zion NP. Downside: sometimes it can be difficult to find parking space.

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