Zion Adventure Guide

Seven Can’t-Miss Adventure Day+ Hikes in Zion National Park

It’s almost as if Zion National Park’s landscape was created with hikers in mind. While Zion National Park offers many easy day hikes for families, it also boasts numerous long, challenging hikes for experts. These hikes are characterized by long scrambling ascents, breathtaking exposure next to steep drop-offs, and narrow slot canyons where you will do more wading in water than hiking on a trail.

If you’re an adventurous hiker, this all sounds fabulous. But with so many choices, where do you start when choosing an adventure hike in Zion National Park? To help you, we’ve compiled what we think are the the can’t-miss adventure hikes in Zion National Park. So pack your safety gear, talk to a ranger before setting out, and get ready to experience some of the wildest backcountry in America — and some hikes that have make Zion National Park a world famous hiking destination.

And remember, if you lack the experience to tackle an adventure hike in Zion National Park by yourself, there are several well qualified outfitters that lead hikes in the park. Check out Zion Mountain School (www.guidesinzion.com), Zion Adventure Company (www.zionadventures.com), and Zion Rock and Mountain Guides (www.zionrockguides.com). Safety first — always!

1. Observation Point: 8 miles. This popular trail offers a long and steep climb from the floor of Zion Canyon to the rimrock that soars high above it. There are excellent views all along the way.

2. Hidden Canyon: 2.4 miles. An intriguing hike into a beautiful secluded “hanging” canyon, reached via a spur trail that leaves from the Observation Point Trail.

3. The Narrows: 9.6 miles. An out-and back day hike up the lower section of famous Zion Canyon Narrows, where the North Fork Virgin River runs beneath thousand-foot walls of Navajo sandstone that centuries of erosion have sculpted into fluted and whorled forms.

4. Kolob Arch: 14 miles. A long day hike or short overnight backpack up La Verkin Creek to Kolob Arch, one of the largest freestanding arches in the world.

5. Orderville Canyon: 12.3 miles. Permit required. Canyoneers love this technical one-way day hike through a desert slot canyon that takes you into the heart of Zion National Park.

6. Trans-Zion Trek: An epic 50-mile adventure through pristine wild lands and awe-inspiring canyons all within the bounds of Zion National Park— it’s one of the grandest hikes of them all.

7. Angels Landing: 5.4 miles (8.7 km) round-trip. A spectacular out-and-back day hike and scramble to the summit of Angels Landing, suitable for well-conditioned hikers who have no fear of heights.