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Canyon Overlook Trail

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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DC Metropolitan Area
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a short trail right off the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, just east of the tunnel. Parking is at a premium! The trail itself is a half-mile to a nice large rocky overlook that's Perfect for a picnic lunch and some family photos. Even though this is a heavily improved trail, you must keep an eye on smaller children. There... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My friends and I did this hike late in the day after arriving at Zion. It is a nice short hike with an amazing view of the canyon at the top. We spend quite a bit of time at the top just taking in the view. It wasn't very crowded either, which was nice, and there are many places to... More

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Olympia, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Beautiful drive, no crazy traffic for us! Keep your eyes peeled for mountain sheep, and stop to do the view point trails.

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Utah
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Had a little bit for almost everyone- Beautiful sunset (at the right time of day) wild life (mountain goats just hanging out, a few twists and turns ... very well worth the time to get there! Limited parking.. no bathrooms just before you get to the tunnel heading west towards Zions. Maybe an hour tops round trip.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Did this on my way out unexpectedly. Was glad I didn't miss this because I hadn't thought of doing this. Good views. Easy hike and more importantly away from the crowds since it is outside the main attractions. If you looking for something to do after Narrows and Angels landing I would highly recommend this over any other trails.

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Okay, so this is a great trail to get an aerial view over Zion. It's fairly easy, good underfoot and for a relatively small time investment has a good payoff at the end! The view does not really look over the main Zion Canyon, ie where the Virgin River runs, it overlooks the main road that leads to the (restricted)... More

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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We usually prefer trails that involve water but the amazing views and unusual rock formations on this one won us over. Took us, including our 10 & 12 yr old boys, almost 1.5 hrs r/t (with some stopping and side diversions along the way). Our boys LOVED it but there are a 2 or 3 short sections with narrow paths... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Closest trail to the west entrance (immediately east of the tunnel). Starts steep but quickly gets easier... older people can do it if they just push through that first hundred yards and take it at their own pace. Not scary, lots of great and varied terrain, and making it to the end (about 1/2 mile?) results in a wonderful rewarding... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Canyon Overlook was our final hike in Zion and after climbing to Scouts Lookout on the Angels trail earlier in the morning, it was a really nice way to stretch our legs and enjoy the lovely red sandstone country on top of the canyon before having to move on. Parking as others have noted is limited and it's easy to... More

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PA
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

You have to drive up Rt 9 through the tunnel to get to the trail head just on the other side of the tunnel. The drive to the tunnel is incredible with multiple switchbacks and virtually no guard rail (just tire height rocks). We did the hike early in the morning (about an hour after sunrise) and were two of... More

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