Day Hiking in Zion National Park


Zion National Park’s incredibly diverse landscape is laced with miles of trails on which to explore. From luscious canyon bottoms to high desert plateaus, day hikes abound for anyone. Below are 29 day hikes that I’ve identified and ranked for my Day Hikes of Zion National Park Map Guide.

The ranking is my recommendation based upon what I feel gives you the most “bang for your buck” starting with the Narrows which is an amazing walk up the Virgin River. Click each trail name to learn more about the hike. All of this information and more is included in the Day Hikes of Zion National Park Map Guide. It’s the best map for hiking in Zion that includes distances between junctions and color coded trail segments denoting slope steepness and much more on one side with a guide on the back of the map. Pick one up to take with you on the trail! (see the announcement here)

Areas are as follows:

Zion National Park Regions
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  • ER – East Rim
  • KC – Kolob Canyons
  • NA – The Narrows
  • NC – North Creek
  • SD – Southwest Desert
  • WR – West Rim
  • ZC – Zion Canyon

This beautiful, fold-up map comes with all 29 day hikes ranked with their descriptions.

Click on table headers to sort by those columns!

Jake’s Rank Hike Name Distance Group Area
1 The Narrows 5-10 NA
2 Angels Landing 5-10 ZC
3 Observation Point 5-10 ZC
4 Emerald Pools Loop 0-5 ZC
5 Riverside Walk 0-5 ZC
6 Lower Emerald Pool Trail 0-5 ZC
7 Canyon Overlook Trail 0-5 ER
8 Hidden Canyon Trail 0-5 ZC
9 West Rim Trail 10-15 WR
10 Scout Lookout 0-5 ZC
11 Taylor Creek Trail 0-5 KC
12 Timber Creek Overlook Trail 0-5 KC
13 Northgate Peaks Trail 0-5 WR
14 Weeping Rock Trail 0-5 ZC
15 Echo Canyon 0-5 ZC
16 East Rim Summits 15+ ER
17 Bear Trap Canyon 15+ KC
18 Kolob Arch 10-15 KC
19 Watchman Trail 0-5 ZC
20 Pa’rus Trail (bike & pet friendly) 0-5 ZC
21 Cable Mountain 15+ ER
22 Deertrap Mountain 15+ ER
23 Jolley Gulch 5-10 ER
24 Chinle Trail – Scoggins Wash 10-15 SD
25 Court of the Patriarchs 0-5 ZC
26 Chinle Trail 15+ SD
27 The Grotto Trail 0-5 ZC
28 Archeology Trail 0-5 ZC
29 Sand Bench Trail 5-10 ZC