Zion National Park – Hikes

Zion National ParkI have visited Zion National Park one time.  Like most of my visits to national parks, it was not long enough.  What I did see was spectacular and breathtaking.  We stayed in the valley and were dwarfed by the cliff walls.  It is located in Southern Utah and was it’s first national park.

Below is another article by a guest writer, Debbie Turner.  She describes some of the great hikes located within this amazing National Park.Trails For Hiking in Zion National Park

Trails For Hiking in Zion National Park

By Debbie Turner

Emerald Pool Trail

This trail is one of Zion’s family friendly hikes. You can wander around three level pools with small streams and small waterfalls. There is some adventure to this hike as there are parts of it that require you to take big steps up rocks. Be sure to bring plenty of water with you. At the third pool, there is nice shade for sitting, having your lunch or snack and taking in the view.

Weeping Rock

This trail takes you to the famous seeping wall of the park. It gets it name because it appears that water is seeking out from the wall as if it’s crying.

Riverside Walk

It is a gateway to the famous Narrows where you will see many trees, ferns and weeping walls along the Virgin Rivers. It’s a very gentle walk and the scenery is beautiful.

Canyon Overlook Trails

If you have your car, you can drive up to the east side of Mt. Carmel Tunnel.

For those of you what want to see the stunning heights and spectacular views of Zion National Park, a long hike is in store.

Stunning Heights Hike:

Angels Landing

It is the Zion’s genuine classic hike and one of the most stunning attractions you will ever experience. It is not recommended to people with a fear of heights. There have been deaths from this trail as people tend to get confident, hurried and goofing off and go right off the side. This is a trail to enjoy, but also to take seriously. Don’t let your trip and hiking experience of Zion National Park end in tragedy.

Hidden canyon

A beautiful place to hike up with secluded hanging canyons positioned above the main canyons with sections of scrambled rocks for more historical sight.

Zion National Park – “The Narrows” Day Hike

Here’s a classic hikes offered by Zion National Park. During this hike you are constantly hiking through water. The Narrow hike is a view point to the amazing deep and amazing sections of Virgin River. The ranger station will advise if this trail is open and when there’s dangers of flash floods. Always check the weather and with the ranger station before heading out.

Middle Fork of Taylor Creek

It is located at the Kolob section and one of the most popular 5-mile hikes to get through the stunning Double-Arch Alcove.

Scenic View Points:

Angel’s landing

This is a truly amazing summit. You can view 360 degrees of canyon from your standing point.

Observation Point

This hike starts from the Weeping Rock, a hot and strenuous hike with alternative switch backs up to the end of the trail. The view is worth the sweat. This is a day hike and it’s not for out of shape individuals. Take plenty of water as there is none along the trail. Plan to take your time, enjoy the views on the way up, you’ll be taking several rest stops. Wear good shoes that fit properly.

West Rim Trail

A grand over viewing site of Great West Canyon. The Great West Canyon adds remarkable attraction to the place.

Deer trap Mountain

It is one of the best panoramas with long hiking from the main canyon or from the east.

Timber Creek Overlook

To get the grand view of the Kolob Finger Canyons, travel to the end of Kolob Canyon roads to maximize the beauty.

Lady Mountain

Astounding,breath-taking view of the Grand Canyons. This is for expert climbers because there is exposed scrambled rock.

The Alternative Routes for Hiking:

West Rim Trails

Top Down Route of Zion Narrows

La Verkin Creek Tail

Make sure you have good shoes, a hat, plenty of water, some carbohydrate snacks or pack your lunch, a camera, walking stick or hiking stick, and are rested before heading out. And, of course, stay on the clearly marked trails for your safety.

Debbie Turner is a retired Realtor and enjoys being a successful online entrepreneur. Debbie believes in multiple streams of income and utilizing personal branding and web 2.0 strategies for marketing. Specifically, Debbie has a home business with Global Resorts Network (travel club memberships) and Genewize (DNA specific nutrition). Debbie enjoys working with others who desire to have a successful home based business and offers coaching and mentoring. You can reach Debbie at 843.270.5611 or at her website http://www.globalresortsblogcentral.com

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There are so many trails to choose from, but I think the one that I will tackle the next time I return to Zion National Park is the Angels Landing Hike.  You really have to keep your cool on this hike.  1200 foot drops on both sides.  Here is a short video.

Go out and see all that Zion National Park has to offer. It is another Gem of the great National Park System.

Pictures from: The National Park Service

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