Canyon Overlook Trail – Zion National Park

If you are looking for an easy hike in Zion National Park with an amazing view, try Canyon Overlook Trail! The view is just as amazing as Angels Landing, but the trail is WAY easier. It’s only a mile round trip and takes less than 30 minutes! 

Canyon Overlook Trail Hike in Zion National Park

The Canyon Overlook Trail is an easy hike that gives you an incredible view of Zion Valley. It is one of the few in the upper East Canyon. The trailhead starts right before the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel on Route 9, where there is a small parking lot. 

Overview of the Hike

Length: 1-mile round trip
Elevation Change: About 100 feet, mostly level
Time: 30 minutes to an hour
Difficulty: easy, suitable for most

Canyon Overlook Trailhead

What to Expect on the Trail

The beginning part is really the steepest/most strenuous, its a series of stone steps that take you up the side of the road. The trail continues along through mostly shaded passes and fairly flat ground, while the canyon towers above.

Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion

Where there are drop-offs, most have railings and guardrails for safety, however, still exercise caution when hiking this trail.

Safety rails on Canyon Overlook Trail

We went in the morning for sunrise, and it was just beautiful to see the canyon starting to light up! 

Morning Zion hike on canyon overlook trail

As we got closer to the overlook, the trail did get a little steeper, but nothing too strenuous at all.

Canyon Overlook trail in morning

View of Zion Canyon from Canyon Overlook Trail

Finally, you reach the Canyon Overlook! Towering 5,000 feet over the canyon floor, this overlook gives grand views of the Mount Carmel switchbacks, West Temple, the Streaked Wall, the Towers of the Virgins, and the Beehives.

View from Canyon Overlook Trail
Canyon Overlook Trail view of Zion Canyon
overlooking zion canyon in zion national park
View from Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park

I’d highly recommend this trail to everyone, especially since it’s so quick and easy! We stayed at Zion Mountain Ranch, so we had to pass by this on the way into Zion National Park anyways, making it the perfect hike to start our day.

Zion National Park Canyon Overlook Trail View

Have a question about this hike or visiting Zion National Park in general? Feel free to leave a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram!

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