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Zion National Park Hiking

Hikes Categorized by Mileage

The following descriptions apply only to the mileage of the hike. They do not reflect difficulty or terrain. Some "Short" hikes may be difficult and/or dangerous in nature. If you wish to shop for a hike by difficulty, see our difficulty section. Notes: Some hikes may be contained in two different categories under mileage because they involve a decision to go further into a canyon or they may be done through a different route and mileage can be a dyanmic variable.

Weeping Rock

Short Hikes (0-2 mi.)

These hikes either are 0-2 miles in total length or they contain sections of them which are 0-2 miles that are typically typically hiked (these tyipcally involve multiple "destinations" of one trail.

Sand Bench Trail

Mid-Length Hikes (2-5 mi.)

These mid-length hikes are 2-5 miles can be rocky, include scrambling, or may even be dangerous and could possibly take much longer than expected. Consult the specific hike page or the diffculty section below for more information.

Hidden Canyon

Long Hikes (5-10 mi.)

These hikes are 5-10 miles in length and may require steep ups and downs taking longer than expected or may be downhill the whole way. Consult the specific hike page or the diffculty section below for more information.

West Rim Trail

Multi-Day Hikes (10 + mi.)

These hikes are 10 + miles in length and are typically multi-day hikes. However, some of these hikes can be done in one day if started early enough and if the hikers are experienced. These hikes may have difficult portions but are usually not dangerous. Consult the specific hike page for more information.

Hikes Categorized by Difficulty

The following category descriptions of hikes in Zion National Park apply only to the degree of difficulty or the terrain of the hike. They do not reflect the distance or the time they may take to hike. Some "Easy" hikes may be as long as ten miles. If you wish to shop for a hike by mileage, see our mileage section above. Note: Some hikes may be contained in two different categories under difficulty because they involve a decision to do a difficult route or not. In this sense, there are many hikes that COULD be considered more dangerous depending on the depth or the route the hiker takes.

Weeping Rock

Easy Hikes

Mostly flat with good footing and very little elevation change. These hikes for example might include walking along a canal or river, a well-worn foot path, or a paved trail.

Hidden Canyon

Moderate Hikes

Moderate elevation changes. Trail could be rocky and/or include some scrambling.

Zion Narrows

Difficult Hikes

Steep ups and downs with potentially rough footing. Trail may be rocky but still stable. This section may also include canyoneering hikes with short rappels.

The Subway

Dangerous Hikes

Possible steep ups and downs over rocky areas that may be unstable. Rugged terrain with possible hand-over-hand climbing or difficult scrambling. This section may also include canyoneering hikes with long or several rappels. These hikes are relatively safe but have been found to result in injury among a small percentage of hikers. Inexperienced hikers should consult with the BackCountry office at the Zion Visitors Center before attempting these hikes.