Grand Canyon


Permits are required for all overnight, through hikes of the Narrows and Tributaries, Left Fork of North Creek (the Subway), Kolob Creek, and all canyons requires the use of technical equipment.  Subway permits may be reserved up to one month in advance by calling 435-772-0170 between 1 and 5 p.m.  Permits are issued at visitor centers beginning at 9 a.m. the day before your hike.  Cost is $5 per permit and is subject to change.  Maximum group size is 12 people of the same affiliation on the same trail.


The Springdale Shuttle loop will stop at six locations in Springdale and the Zion Canyon Shuttle loop will stop at eight locations in the park.  The transfer between loops is made at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. 

Parking:Park in Springdale and ride the shuttle to the park, or park at he Zion Canyon Visitor Center,

Schedule: Shuttles will operate daily begining at 6:30 a.m. every 30 minutes, increasing to every 15 minutes and then, during the busy part of the day, every 6 to 8 minutes.  Toward evening shuttle times will scale back to 15 minutes, then 30 minutes.  The last bus will leave the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 9:30 p.m.  The schedule is subject to change.  A complete round trip will take a minimum of 90 minutes.  Only the scenic drive is closed to private vehicles; all other roads in the park remain open to private vehicles.

When hiking, stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs.  Watch children closely.  Never throw rocks.

Pa’rus Trail:  3.5 miles round trip.  Easy Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the South Campground to the Zion Canyon Junction.

Weeping Rock Trail: 0.5 round trip. Location:Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Weeping Rock parking lot. Easy.  minor dropoffs.  Self-guiding trail.  Ends at Weeping Rock, a rock alcove with dripping springs.  Hanging gardens of wildflowers decorate the walls in spring and summer.

Canyon Overlook: 1 mile round trip.  Location: Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, just east of long tunnel. Easy. Long dropoffs.  Mostly fenced. Self-guiding trail.  Guidebooks available at visitor center and trailhead.  Ends at specacular view of lower Zion Canyon and Pine Creek Canyon.

Emerald Pools: 1.2 miles round trip. Location: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive , oppisite Zion Lodge.  Easy to moderately strenuous.  Long dropoffs on upper route.  Lower route ends at lower pool and three waterfalls.  Acessible to persons with disabilities with assistance.  To reach upper pool, hike another 1 mile; this is more strenuous.  Upper pool is larger and sits at the base of high cliffs.

Riverside Walk: 2 miles round trip.  Location: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Temple of Sinawava.  Easy.  Minor droppoffs.  Follows Virgin River upstream to Zion Canyon Narrows, where paved trails ends.  Hanging gardens of wildflowers in spring and summer. Trailside exhibits.  Access for persons with disabilities with some assistance.  You may continue hiking beyond the end of this trail.  The route through the Virgin River involves walking in up to 4 feet of water and climbing over rocks.  Wear ankle supporting shoes.  Avoid carrying items in your hands and protect cameras in plastic bags.  Talk to a ranger before taking this hike and check the Narrows danger Levels begore starting.

Watchman: 2 miles round trip.  Location: Service road, east of Watchman Campground Registration Station.  Moderately strenuous.  Mostly minor dropoffs.  Recommended for early and late in the day.  Ends at viewpoint of lower Zion Creek Canyon and town of Springdale.

Hidden Canyon: 2 miles round trip.  Location: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive -Weeping Rock parking lot.  Moderatelt strenuous.  Long dropoffs.  Not for anyone fearful of heights.  Leads to narrow side canyon in joint of rock.  Trail ends at canyon mouth: can hike beyond end of trail for another 0.6 mile.

Angels Landing: 5 miles round trip.  Location: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, Grotto Pinic Area.  Strenuous.  Long dropoffs and narrow trails.  Not for anyone fearful of heights.  Ends at summit high above Zion Canyon floor.  last .05 mile follows a steep narrow ridge: chains have been added for safety.





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