Canyon Overlook Trail
Canyon Overlook Trail
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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.
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN2,798 contributions
Feb 2021
So much reward for the effort. It is a 2 mile out and back hike that is only mildly strenuous with minimal elevation change. Amazing views of Zion Canyon at the end of the trail. I did this hike several times when visiting Zion including at sunset, early afternoon and at sunrise to experience the different effects that light would have on the canyon . The most enjoyable time was sunrise with less crowds and great photography. Midday before 3p also provided for great photos. Sunset was a bit underwhelming for photography as the sun drops down over the mountains to the south leaving the canyon in shadows. Parking is tricky. Only a small lot on the right just after exiting the tunnel. Another small lot just down on the left but if these are full proceed down the road as there are many places to park on the side of the road although this will leave a longer walk back to the trailhead. Beware that you can't make a left into the small lot nearest the trailhead if approaching from the east and you will have to proceed back through the tunnel.
Written March 7, 2021
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia1,757 contributions
Jan 2023
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 1pm. We approached from the valley, and read that the trail and parking was located shortly after going through the tunnel. This was indeed the case, and it was fairly busy, so we needed to drive up the road a short bit to find a parking spot. There is a restroom near the trailhead. The hike is a lot of fun. Plenty of climbing. There were plenty of icy, wet, and muddy spots on the trail. We did not hike with traction devices, but we do hike with trekking poles. That helped. The good thing about that time of the day is that trail is mostly in the sunshine, so there were plenty of dry sections of the trail. We did encounter a fair amount of people on the trail, but nothing too bad. It was a fun hike, and a nice end point view. We would certainly do this hike again.
Written February 9, 2023
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angelmusicmaven
New York City, NY225 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Some stairs, but not too challenging. Great to do late afternoon or whenever the colors are kind of changing... you definitely want light and visibility to come back down. You should be fairly agile and if you have kids, they MUST be cautious and careful- but anyone with common sense will be fine. Not the most epic view in the Park but it's not as crazy crowded and you can get there by car!
Written October 29, 2022
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JBB1971
15 contributions
Aug 2022
I did not make it very far. I am not afraid of heights at all, but this trail was awful if you have edge-phobia. There are no railings with huge drop offs. I had to turn around after I made it up the stairs and to the first flat area. I did Observation Point, overlooking Angel's Landing with no issues, and handled all of the switchbacks at Bryce, but this was tough for me. Parking is crazy, as we got parked in by people waiting for spots. Someone moved the cones from the area next to the handicapped spot so he could park there. Another guy drove the wrong way down the road to try to butt in and get a parking space. The park ranger came out 3 times in the 30 minutes I was waiting for the rest of my party at the trailhead. She even had to call for another ranger to come help her with the people who wouldn't move their cars. Let's just say this was a stressful place for me! The rest of my family went on the trail and took photos- good view, for sure! They assured me I made the right choice by sitting this one out, though. Just keep in mind that it seems like an easy one (1 mile total- how bad can it be), but it is challenging if you're like me.
Written August 14, 2022
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Jason Homey
Lewis Center, OH616 contributions
Mar 2021
Without the possibility of hiking observation point and Angel's Landing not being in the cards, this was our next best option. And oh what an option it is. This hike is only 1 mile long BUT you can have the same amazing views you get from the above mentioned trails.

First off, arrive early because parking is a little tricky. The good part, the hike isn't that hard and is only a mile. The better news, the payoff is amazing. We went on a Tuesday morning during spring break and the views were spectacular. There are about three great lookouts from the main finishing point of the hike. Take your time and enjoy the view.
Written April 4, 2021
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Karin H
Minneapolis, MN620 contributions
Mar 2022
The trail is really fun to hike, offering many interesting things along the way. The views from the end of the trail are incredible and absolutely worth the hike.

The trail starts with a lot of stairs, but don't be discouraged, the stairs don't continue forever. The trail flattens out after that.

There are some narrow areas that are close to the edge and some spots have guard rails. There's also a fun little boardwalk and a cave halfway through that make it interesting.

The views at the end are incredible and there's plenty of space to spread out for a picnic if you want.

I took a star off because the parking situation was terrible. We went on a Saturday morning and drove around for 20 minutes trying to find parking. We had to turn around to try to find parking on the other side of the road. We finally found some but it was a 0.5 mile walk from the car to the start of the trail. I can't even imagine what it would be like in the summer during peak season! Get there early.
Written April 16, 2022
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IslandJackCharlotte
Charlotte, NC48 contributions
Aug 2020
My wife and I toured Utah last month, and our final 3 days were in the Zion Canyon area. Our last hike in Zion was my favorite. This is a relatively short trail (1 mile+ roundtrip) with a breathtaking view of the canyon below. Exciting hike that at times was right on the edge of a short dropoff, but it is safe for all ages as railings are provided in some areas. We saw numerous young children on this trail as well as hikers 60+ years old. Finding a parking spot may be a bit of an issue on busy days so find the first spot you can on the side of the road and then walk to the trailhead. Otherwise, if you're driving east-to-west direction and trying to get as close to the trailhead as possible to park, if a spot is not available, you'll have to drive thru the tunnel before you're able to turn around and come back to find a spot.
Written September 15, 2020
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SandJ J
7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Ok. I have to add some details about this hike for those who, like me and my husband, thought the drop offs at this hike all have railings. They don't! In fact, there is no rhyme or reason for the end of some railings and the start of others. There are sections where you can take a wrong step and topple off the side. Reading some reviews sounds like this is scary because of heights but safe because of railings. Beware if you are afraid of heights that there are plenty of sections of this hike with sheer drop offs and no railings!
Had to turn around at that bridge because it was just too much. Bummer because I did really want to see the view.
Written July 18, 2022
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Denise G
San Diego, United States13 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
I can’t recommend this less traveled trail highly enough. Just stunning views down into Zion canyon from about 1000 feet higher than Angel’s Landing. If you want the reward of this incredible view without the crowds & the death defying Angel’s Landing climb, this is it! We started at sunrise from the East Mesa Trailhead about 3 miles of dirt road from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Although a dirt road it is fine for a regular car up to about 1/2 mile before trail head.
Written April 5, 2021
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Lynn T
Louisville, KY265 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
We had a big crew of 16 people, ranging in age from 14-57. We had 3 who opted out early on in the hike up, because they are afraid of heights, and parts of the trail are narrow. The rest of us enjoyed the sweeping views and the hike up was not too difficult, with the exception of one narrow spot that was a bit icy. There are several great spots at the top for photos and you should allow time to just enjoy the view and get great pics.
Written January 9, 2021
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