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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Great little hike with amazing views. Not for disabled people. Narrow ledges, steep. The big horn sheep seemed like they were posing for us. Great photo ops at the top.

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Okoboji, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We had hiked this trail 3 years ago but it was early in the morning and foggy so we couldn't see the canyon. This time it was clear and we had a great hike. It is about a 1 mile round trip with some minor elevation changes. The trail is reached with a trip through the Mt Carmel Tunnel. The... More

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Tavares, Florida
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189 reviews 189 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I told my wife this was just a short walk when it's actually a mile. That may not seem far to most, but my wife is not the outdoorsy type. The trail itself is awesome. Lots of huge rocks to climb on, caves, and beautiful scenery. The bonus is the view at the end. There are no words to describe... More

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Spencer, NC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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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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