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Watchman Trail

Zion National Park, UT
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141 reviews 141 reviews
46 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I would be hard pressed to give any of the trails in Zion less than five stars. This is a nice hike that you should take early in the day or later when the sun is going down as it will be exposed to full sun throughout. The hike is moderate but gives you a nice little workout with the... More

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Salem, Oregon
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375 reviews 375 reviews
128 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We missed the ranger walk, which we were sorry about, since it is always great to get more information about what you are seeing. Even in October the sun beats down on this hike and there are few shady spots. You climb through a couple of climate changes as you go from the canyon floor to the overlook. It is... More

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Vienna, VA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Relatively short, easy hike with nice views and pleasant places to stop at the top. Great warm-up hike for the more serious trails in Zion.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is on the east side of the canyon and can be rough in the afternoon with the sun beating on you. Limited tree cover. Would recommend this as an early morning hike - really pretty though - It's a moderate trail that takes about 2 hours round trip

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Granville, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We did the hike twice in our 5 days at the park. Hike early in the morning to avoid the sun and heat after noon. Try one of the ranger led hikes on this trail as the information provided by the ranger is very good.

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Berkeley, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Of the 5 or 6 hikes we did in Zion (all under 2 hours), this was our favorite. We saw maybe 15 other people during our 90 minute walk, and the views were outstanding the whole way. Our kids (10 and 12) loved this hike too. Do it in the morning, before the sun comes up over the ridge as... More

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Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We hiked this first thing in the morning. Awesome. We loved all of Zion and can't wait to return some day. The area is simply beautiful! I recommend getting an early start when hiking to avoid the crowds. Water and some snacks are a must. Enjoy!

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I didn't end up doing the entire hike as it was mid afternoon and the temps were in the high 90's. The entire lower portion of the hike was in the sun with no shade, so after having hiked in the morning I thought better of it, and turned back. In cooler months or in the morning, it would be... More

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Seafield
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We took the Trail with Erik, one of the Park Rangers, who shared with us fascinating stories about the area's geology, flora and fauna. We saw lizards, canyon robins and even a rattlesnake! Fantastic. TopTip=Set off in the morning when it's cooler and the Trail is in the shade during the ascent.

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Springfield, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This hike was almost an afterthought. We had done some of the more strenuous hikes and had some time to kill so we thought we would do this "moderate" rated hike. What a pleasant surprise. After the beginning, going behind the Ranger housing (and some construction work), the hike quickly left the noise of the Park behind. Once at the... More

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