These hikes usually have an increased distance over hikes in the Easy category and also may include relatively mild changes in elevation and take a few hours to complete. Some of the most popular hikes rated as moderate include the 1-mile round trip on the Canyon Overlook Trail accessed on the east end of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel and the 5-mile, 4-hour hike on the Taylor Creek Trail in the Kolob Canyons portion of the park.
Canyon Overlook Trail: 1 mile. A short out-and-back day hike to an inspiring overlook of lower Zion Canyon. Accessed near the east entrance to the Mt. Carmel Tunnel
Chinle Trail: 8 miles one way. This less-traveled Zion trail offering expansive views makes a great alternative to the more crowded and steeper hikes in the park.
Emerald Pools Trail (Middle–Upper): 1.2 to 2.5 miles. A network of trails to the lush and picturesque Lower, Middle, and/or Upper Emerald Pools.
Taylor Creek Trail (Kolob Canyon): 5 miles. A trail along the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek that passes two historic homesteads and ends at Double Arch Alcove.
The Watchman: 2.7 miles. An out-and-back hike that passes overhanging cliffs and stratified rock layers as it leads into the foothills below The Watchman and Bridge Mountain.
Gooseberry Mesa: Varied distances. A beautiful slickrock playground known for its mountain biking, but with views of Zion, Eagle Crags, and the Virgin River Valley best admired by foot so you have time to take them all in.
Grafton Trail: 6.6 miles round-trip. Discover and explore the ghost town of Grafton along this easy out-and-back hike through open country with beautiful views of cliffs, pastures, and orchards.
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
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.