East Zion Highlights
Cable Mountain Trail
Escape the crowds and find amazing views of Zion Canyon on this challenging hike to the summit of Cable Mountain.
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.
Zion Canyon Overlook Trail
This short but scenic trail runs to a high overlook immediately above the Great Arch, commanding vistas of the lower reaches of Zion Canyon. Interpretive brochures found at the trailhead explain the plants, animals, and geological features found along the route.
Zion-Mt. Carmel Scenic Drive and Historic Tunnel
The scenic drive from Zion National Park to Mount Carmel passes through the long narrow Zion Mt Carmel Tunnel – as impressive today as in the 1920s.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Less than an hour from East Zion is the Pansaugunt Plateau and Bryce Canyon which is a series of rock amphitheaters cut into the edge of the plateau. This 20-mile long national park is a must see while staying in the East Zion area, and is an easy half day experience that can be expanded to a full-day, as desired.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
As part of a plateau that rises to over 11,000 feet, to the north of East Zion, Cedar Breaks is a series of limestone amphitheaters cut into the western edge of the Markagunt Plateau. Other nearby attractions are Navajo Lake, Cascade Falls, and Mammoth Cave, and all are within a short drive from East Zion.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
One of the most significant sand dunes on the Colorado Plateau, this Utah state park is easily accessible just south of East Zion. ATV and UTV vehicles are permitted on the dunes, and visitors enjoy hiking and sledding on the dunes. The soft red hues of sand at this park are a bold and colorful contrast to the verdant greens of the surrounding forests of pine, pinion, juniper, and sage.
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
This monument may be accessed through nearby Glendale, Utah on the Glendale Bench Road, and is just minutes away from the East Zion area. The Grand Staircase is a vast compilation of canyons, plateaus of unique formations just waiting to be explored. Dirt roads are the primary access into this area so check road conditions, and bring along plenty food and water, and appropriate back-country gear and supplies.
Zion National Park
Whether you are trying to catch your breath while climbing the trail to Observation Point or watching the shadows constantly change the mood of the Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park is always ready to quench your appetite for outdoor wonder.