The Ultimate Guide to Zion Hiking

Mar 27, 2024 | Southern Utah, Southern Utah Food & Drink, Travel Tips, Zion National Park | 0 comments

The heart of the southwest United States is home to lands of unparalleled beauty and grandeur, but in Southern Utah lies Zion National Park. This national park is renowned for its stunning sandstone cliffs, slot canyons, and outstanding flora year-round. Zion is a hiker enthusiasts’ paradise that offers every level of trail for everyone in your family! If you hope to make the most of a quick trip to Zion, here is your ultimate guide to the best Zion hiking in just two days!

Day 1: Immersion in Zion’s Iconic Trails

Start the day by familiarizing yourself with the many iconic trails that have drawn hikers from all over the world. Pack your bags, fill up your water, and lace up your boots—you are about to have an amazing day! 

  1. Angel’s Landing: This hike is not for the faint of heart and should only be completed by experienced hikers. But if you are ready for the challenge, then you are prepared for the adventure of a lifetime on one of the most iconic Zion hiking trails there is! You will experience jaw-dropping views and a thrilling ascent along a narrow ridge. You will start the hike at Grotto Trailhead and wind your way through Refrigerator Canyon before ascending the infamous Walter’s Wiggles. Then, you will find the final stretch to be the most thrilling; there are chains to hold on to as you summon your courage and summit the peak known as Angels Landing! The panoramic vistas of Zion Canyon are your well-deserved reward for this challenging but unforgettable hike.
  2. The Narrows: Come down from the top of the world and grab a bite to eat somewhere in Springdale. Then, head back up the canyon for some more stunning Zion hiking! Ride the Zion shuttle to the last stop and go to The Narrows, where a unique and enchanting trail like none other will greet you. Come prepared with water shoes and prepare to wade through the Virgin River like the towering canyons that Zion National Park is famous for. This can be a day hike or an overnight adventure, but for those who only have a little time, a stroll on the Riverside Wak offers a scenic introduction to this iconic slot canyon! 

Day 2: Exploring Hidden Gems and Scenic Vistas

For your second day in the park, venture off the beaten path to find the park’s hidden gems and lesser-known trails! From serene oases to breathtaking overlooks, these hikes offer a chance to connect with Zion’s quieter side.

  1. Observation Point via East Rim Trail:  Set out on the East Rim of Zion to Observation Point! This trail is challenging but rewarding! As you crest the final ridge, prepare to be dazzled by the sweeping vistas of Zion Canyon spread out below you. Observation Point offers a quieter alternative to Angel’s Landing, with equally stunning views that will leave you in awe of Zion’s majesty.
  2. Emerald Pools Trail: Next, we suggest that you take some time to hike the gentle trail into the Emerald Pools; this family-friendly hike is refreshing and helps you escape the desert head as you immerse yourself in the cascading waterfalls and small tranquil pools hidden in Zion Canyon. The Lower, Middle, and Upper Emerald Pools offer varying degrees of difficulty, allowing hikers of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of Zion’s verdant sanctuaries.
  3. Canyon Overlook Trail: End the adventure-filled visit with a Zion hike on one of the best-kept secrets—the Canyon Overlook Trail! If you didn’t get a chance to hike Angles Landing or it was a bit too intense, then we suggest you head East through the infamous Mount Carmel Tunnel, and park at the trailhead for this short but spectacular hike that offers panoramic views of Pine Creek Canyon and awe-inspiring East Temple! The trail begins near the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel and winds along a narrow ledge carved into the canyon wall. As you reach the overlook, pause to savor the breathtaking beauty of Zion’s rugged landscapes illuminated by the golden hues of sunset.

As your two-day adventure in Zion National Park draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the awe-inspiring beauty and boundless wonders you’ve encountered along the way. From the dizzying heights of Angel’s Landing to the tranquil serenity of The Narrows, Zion offers a tapestry of experiences that will stay with you long after you’ve left its hallowed grounds. At the end of your hikes head back to Bungalows at Zion and relax! Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast seeking solace in the great outdoors, Zion beckons with its timeless majesty and unbridled spirit of adventure. So book your stay with us at and lace up your boots, hit the trails, and let Zion hiking inspire you!

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Activities in Zion

Utah Adventure Center

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Zion Outfitter

Zion, Springdale, Narrows outfitting is a canyoneering equipment, backpacking, hiking pole, camping, gear shop!

Outta Here eBikes

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