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 RankHike NameDistance GroupArea
1The Narrows5-10NA
2Angels Landing5-10ZC
3Observation Point5-10ZC
4Emerald Pools Loop0-5ZC
5Riverside Walk0-5ZC
6Lower Emerald Pool Trail0-5ZC
7Canyon Overlook Trail0-5ER
8Hidden Canyon Trail0-5ZC
9West Rim Trail10-15WR
10Scout Lookout0-5ZC
11Taylor Creek Trail0-5KC
12Timber Creek Overlook Trail0-5KC
13Northgate Peaks Trail0-5WR
14Weeping Rock Trail0-5ZC
15Echo Canyon0-5ZC
16East Rim Summits15+ER
17Bear Trap Canyon15+KC
18Kolob Arch10-15KC
19Watchman Trail0-5ZC
20Pa’rus Trail (bike & pet friendly)0-5ZC
21Cable Mountain15+ER
22Deertrap Mountain15+ER
23Jolley Gulch5-10ER
24Chinle Trail – Scoggins Wash10-15SD
25Court of the Patriarchs0-5ZC
26Chinle Trail15+SD
27The Grotto Trail0-5ZC
28Archeology Trail0-5ZC
29Sand Bench Trail5-10ZC