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Hikes in this category, generally speaking, are typically short and on mostly flat terrain. They take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes to complete and are generally good family-friendly hiking trails in Zion National Park. Popular choices in this category include the 1.5-mile round trip Lower Emerald Pools Trail starting at the Zion Lodge and the half-mile Weeping Rock Trail.

Emerald Pools Trail (Lower): 1.2 to 2.5 miles. A network of trails to the lush and picturesque Lower, Middle, and/or Upper Emerald Pools.

Northgate Peaks Trail: 4.2 miles roundtrip. This family-friendly hike offers expansive views of Zion and makes for an excellent summer route due to its high elevation.

Pa'rus Trail: 3.5 miles. This easy out-and-back is not only one of the park's most pleasant strolls, the paved trail is open to dogs on-leash, cyclists, and is wheelchair accessible.

Riverside Walk/Gateway to The Narrows: 2.2 miles. A short, paved stroll along the Virgin River to the stunning mouth of Zion's iconic slot canyon.

Weeping Rock Trail: 0.4 mile. A popular, paved trail to one of the most famous landmarks in Zion National Park.

Nearby hiking

Located about an hour from Zion National Park, just north of St. George, the sprawling 60,000-acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve (which includes the designated Red Cliffs National Conservation Area) contains a one-of-a-kind convergence of multiple different desert ecosystems, jaw-dropping scenery and protected species seldom seen elsewhere.