Canyon Overlook Trail
Canyon Overlook Trail
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This one-mile hiking trail starts just outside the east entrance to the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel, and leads to a dramatic observation point that provides impressive views of Zion's rugged landscape.
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JBB1971
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I did not make it very far. I am not afraid of heights at all, but this trail was awful if you have edge-phobia. There are no railings with huge drop offs. I had to turn around after I made it up the stairs and to the first flat area. I did Observation Point, overlooking Angel's Landing with no issues, and handled all of the switchbacks at Bryce, but this was tough for me. Parking is crazy, as we got parked in by people waiting for spots. Someone moved the cones from the area next to the handicapped spot so he could park there. Another guy drove the wrong way down the road to try to butt in and get a parking space. The park ranger came out 3 times in the 30 minutes I was waiting for the rest of my party at the trailhead. She even had to call for another ranger to come help her with the people who wouldn't move their cars. Let's just say this was a stressful place for me! The rest of my family went on the trail and took photos- good view, for sure! They assured me I made the right choice by sitting this one out, though. Just keep in mind that it seems like an easy one (1 mile total- how bad can it be), but it is challenging if you're like me.
Written 14 August 2022
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Bodeyzafa
Valrico, Florida, United States165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
We got to the park 30 minutes before sunrise. It was light enough to see and the hike was not strenuous. It was cold but there was little wind. The reward was seeing the sun rise off the far peaks and over the canyon. There was a professional photographer there and he was very pleasant to interact with, no ego. Was an absolute must do. Bucket list item
Written 27 January 2020
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rish m
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We hiked this 1st thing after landing. We flew in to Vegas from MI and drove to Zion. We stayed at an airbnb called Nama-Stay right by the foothills and cannot recommend it enough. Take a look at my review for that.

This trail is easy although it says moderate. I could see why it is. There are some areas you have to scramble and navigate. But if you are in average shape, it should be a no problem.

For me I was concerned about my knees( past acl surgeries) but honestly it is pretty good hike without any problems.

The view from the top, is amazing and hard to beat.
Written 3 September 2020
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Denise G
San Diego, United States14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
I can’t recommend this less traveled trail highly enough. Just stunning views down into Zion canyon from about 1000 feet higher than Angel’s Landing. If you want the reward of this incredible view without the crowds & the death defying Angel’s Landing climb, this is it! We started at sunrise from the East Mesa Trailhead about 3 miles of dirt road from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Although a dirt road it is fine for a regular car up to about 1/2 mile before trail head.
Written 5 April 2021
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Rae H
San Jose, CA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We were there on a Sunday. It was very busy but everyone was wearing masks and respectful and patient (I’ve a 5 year old). My kids loved scrambling on the rocks (even if my heart was in my mouth). The view at the end is breathtaking. It took us approx 1.5 hours to complete (rem busy Sunday, young kids and taking in the views). Would highly recommend when you’re in Zion. Was my favorite hike.
Written 21 October 2020
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Lynn T
Louisville, KY281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
We had a big crew of 16 people, ranging in age from 14-57. We had 3 who opted out early on in the hike up, because they are afraid of heights, and parts of the trail are narrow. The rest of us enjoyed the sweeping views and the hike up was not too difficult, with the exception of one narrow spot that was a bit icy. There are several great spots at the top for photos and you should allow time to just enjoy the view and get great pics.
Written 9 January 2021
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Karin H
Minneapolis, MN617 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The trail is really fun to hike, offering many interesting things along the way. The views from the end of the trail are incredible and absolutely worth the hike.

The trail starts with a lot of stairs, but don't be discouraged, the stairs don't continue forever. The trail flattens out after that.

There are some narrow areas that are close to the edge and some spots have guard rails. There's also a fun little boardwalk and a cave halfway through that make it interesting.

The views at the end are incredible and there's plenty of space to spread out for a picnic if you want.

I took a star off because the parking situation was terrible. We went on a Saturday morning and drove around for 20 minutes trying to find parking. We had to turn around to try to find parking on the other side of the road. We finally found some but it was a 0.5 mile walk from the car to the start of the trail. I can't even imagine what it would be like in the summer during peak season! Get there early.
Written 16 April 2022
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EpicGuy12
Queen Creek, AZ879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
If you are looking for a short and easy trail that just about anyone can do then this would be a great one. The view from the top is amazing no matter time of the day but either sunset or sunrise would be ideal. The trail can get busy and the small parking lot across the street from it fills up very quick so you might have to park on the side of the road and walk to it.
Written 19 November 2020
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angelmusicmaven
New York City, NY255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Some stairs, but not too challenging. Great to do late afternoon or whenever the colors are kind of changing... you definitely want light and visibility to come back down. You should be fairly agile and if you have kids, they MUST be cautious and careful- but anyone with common sense will be fine. Not the most epic view in the Park but it's not as crazy crowded and you can get there by car!
Written 29 October 2022
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia2,414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
My wife and I arrived to the trailhead around 1pm. We approached from the valley, and read that the trail and parking was located shortly after going through the tunnel. This was indeed the case, and it was fairly busy, so we needed to drive up the road a short bit to find a parking spot. There is a restroom near the trailhead. The hike is a lot of fun. Plenty of climbing. There were plenty of icy, wet, and muddy spots on the trail. We did not hike with traction devices, but we do hike with trekking poles. That helped. The good thing about that time of the day is that trail is mostly in the sunshine, so there were plenty of dry sections of the trail. We did encounter a fair amount of people on the trail, but nothing too bad. It was a fun hike, and a nice end point view. We would certainly do this hike again.
Written 9 February 2023
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