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Best Places to Hike in Zion

Zion Park is located southwest Utah near the town of Springdale. It features Zion Canyon, which is 229 square miles, 15 miles long and 2,640 ft deep. Zion Park is one of the most visited parks in the United States. Visitors come for the beauty and the outstanding hiking trails. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The trails range from a half-mile to multi-day treks with something for all abilities levels.

If your time is limited and you want to make the most of your visit, there are a number of short trails available. Some of them include the Lower Emerald Pool, Weeping Rock and Riverside Walk. These trails also feature views of wildlife along the trails and views of hanging gardens, weeping walls, and the Virgin River.

Emerald Pools Trail

The Lower Emerald Pools is a popular trail and it is about a half-mile round trip. The Lower Emerald is perfect if you have kids. The pools, which look like mud puddles are located at the base of the Weeping Wall. The trail starts easy and ends harder, but the views are fantastic.

Weeping Rock Trail

The Weeping Rock Trail is a large alcove carved in a cliff wall. The trail is a little over half-mile round trip. There are water drippings that steadily flow down the face of the cliff. The rock can transform into a waterfall. The trail is wet, and you can expect to get wet. Even though the hike is short, you should expect some steep areas along the trail.

Riverside Walk Trail

Riverside Walk Trail is paved, and it is a little over two miles round trip. The trail follows the Virgin River with amazing views of the surrounding cliff walls on both sides of the river. There are primitive trails that allow you to walk down to the river.

Signature Trails

For the most experienced hiker, Zion's classic signature trails such as the Narrows, Angel Landings and Canyon Overlook are great options and are sure to please.

The Narrows Trail

The Narrows is Zion's signature trail. It is the slot canyons that is second to none. It is by far the most popular trail in the Park. But, hikers can only access the trail in the summer when the river returns to its normal height and the passage is safe. If you don't mind getting a bit wet, then you can hike through the spectacular rock cut that follows the Virgin River. The round-trip is six to eight miles, and if you get a permit, you can make the 16-mile trip from top to bottom.

Angel Landing Trail

Angel's Landing is one of Zion Park's most famous trails. You can climb up and see spectacular viewpoints looking out over the canyon. The trail takes you down the side of the mountain on a series of switchbacks. It then follows an elevation and terminates at a 1500 foot drop. When you look out over the valley, the views are beautiful. Angel Landing is a 5.4 miles, strenuous trail with elevations, narrow ridges and massive drop-offs. It is not for hikers with a fear of heights. The trail is open year-round.

Canyon Overlook Trail

Canyon Overlook Trail is Zion's Park gem. It is fun, short, and it takes you to a fantastic viewpoint overlooking in Zion Canyon. The trail is perfect for all ages and abilities. It is a one-mile hike round trip. It leads to amazing scenes throughout the valley. The trail alone is an attraction. It curves around the side of the mountain and on the cliff walls, there are two wooden walkway suspended on the drop-off that overlooks fantastic views.

Other Activities

Zion Park comprises of a vast region of low-elevation desert, and it allows for more than just hiking. There is a vast array of birds and other wildlife. There are also campground areas and great venues to get married. Don't forget Zion National Park has great shopping which includes a number of great jewelry stores. You will have an opportunity to shop for diamonds, cubic zirconia, and if you are lucky the Red Beryl, which is a rare crystal discovered by Maynard Bixby in 1904 in Utah. The crystal is so rare that you can find 150,000 diamonds and still you would not find this crystal. Some say it's worth 1,000 times more than gold. If scientists can manufacture lab created diamonds from Red Beryl, it could increase its resale value.

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