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Address: Zion National Park, UT
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Look for Sign On Road Into Visitor's Center

The trail head sign for Watchman Trail is only visible when you are going into the Visitor's Center. It's easy to miss. The trail is a nice, moderate hike with some excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
Larry P
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Fargo, North Dakota

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While staying in the Watchman Campground I got up early one morning and decided to hike the Watchman trail, its a nice short trail with some nice views of the Watchman itself. Only takes a few hours if you take your time, lots of cactus and flowers when I was there in April.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

The trail head sign for Watchman Trail is only visible when you are going into the Visitor's Center. It's easy to miss. The trail is a nice, moderate hike with some excellent vistas. You start out going through some of the park's service areas.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

A very nice easy hike along the Virgin River with terrific views of the Watchman. The views are especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

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Dundas, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

A very pleasant hike to a 360 promontory that includes an impressive view of the Watchman peak. Perhaps the most desert-like of the Zion trails. We have been to Zion several times and always include this hike as part of our visit.

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St. George, Utah
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We hiked this trail due to the crowds at some of the other trails. Visiting Zion on a weekend was not the best idea. However, Watchman trail was great. There were great views no matter where you looked. The trail is classified as 'moderate' but two old women managed it just fine. This was a fun hike and we would... More 

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Thank Lucy B
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This trail is located near the visitors center and virgin river and you walk a while before the trailhead. Better to hike in the early morning or late in the day because of the sun. Take plenty of water. It's strenuous but the views on top are worth the climb. Give yourself at least 3 hrs so you can enjoy... More 

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Roy, Utah
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This trail was a great 2 hour hike. It was very steep and worked out your calves a lot. My only issue was finding the starting point. There are very little signs to find this hike. It's right by where the RV parking is but it took my boyfriend and I forever to find. The view from the top is... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The Watchman Trail trailhead is located next to the Zion National Park Visitor Center and the Virgin River. Zion National Park is located in southern Utah about 160 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is also located about 300 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. This trail takes you one mile up the foothills of Bridge Mountain and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This trail is strenuous and was very hot. There isn't a lot of shade on the hike up, and it is UP. Bring plenty water for the climb. I must say that the views at the top are worth the climb though. Take your time, take breaks when needed, and drink up.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is an easy hike amidst beautiful walls of red sandstone set off by the vivid green trees. Just amazing and beautiful and very spiritual. I recommend going after Labor Day when the park is pretty much empty compared to the overcrowding of summer. Plus the weather is better!

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