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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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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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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
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Being hikers from Colorado we found this hike to be way too easy. With that said, if you're not an avid hiker and would like a gorgeous view do this one! It was about 1 mile and takes most people 1 hour to hike it. I think it took us 45 mins (including picture time). We came after a storm... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Didn't take us too long but we started too late to see the sunset. Still beautiful views though. Saw some long horn sheep before starting and one was waiting for us when we finished (it was dark and it scared the crap out of us!).

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Short trail that provides a different view of the park from most of the other trails. Easy enough to do while wearing an infant/toddler. You have to drive through the tunnel to get there and parking is very limited but we were blessed with seeing some sheep on the way back to the car.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Park your car in the roadside parking nearby and follow the easily marked trail to a beautiful viewpoint of the canyon. It was about a mile long, nothing that even the littlest of kids couldn't handle. I passed many people on the trail who hiked it in their flip-flops. You can catch a great view of the sunset too from... More

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Parking roadside and taking this short excursion (about 2 miles round trip) will reward the adventurous with a beautiful westward view of Zion. The trail along the cliffside will elevate the heart rate of the acrophobic but going all the way to the end will reward you with a beautiful panorama, the stark blue of the Utah sky cut through... More

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