Hidden Canyon in Zion National Park

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Hidden Canyon

Although steep, a relatively short well-maintained trail takes one into the heart of Hidden Canyon, featuring sandstone cliffs, stone archway, flora covered cliff walls, and water pools, ending at a hanging canyon. 

  • Discovered during a climbing rescue, Hidden Canyon lies between Cable Mountain and the north wall of the Great White Throne.
  • A steep, but short and well-maintained trail takes hikers deep into the heart of Hidden Canyon.
  • Explore Hidden Canyon that features sandstone cliffs, stone archway, flora covered cliff walls, and water pools.

Overview

Discovered during a climber rescue, Hidden Canyon in Zion National Park features sandstone cliffs, a huge stone archway, flora covered cliff wall, caves, and water pools, ending at a hanging canyon.  Although steep, the main trail into Hidden Canyon, Utah is relatively short (2.2 miles round trip) and well-maintained. 

Location and Access

Located in Zion Canyon, Zion's Hidden Canyon lies between Cable Mountain and the north wall of the Great White Throne.  Hidden Canyon, Zion is accessible by the Hidden Canyon trail, beginning at the Weeping Rock parking lot.  During the winter, the trail may be closed at times due to ice and snow, so be sure to check with a ranger station prior.

Hiking Hidden Canyon

Although only a 2.2 mile roundtrip hike, this paved trail is considered very steep.  The main trail begins close to rock pools, winding deeper into a ravine that separates Great White Throne and Weeping Rock mountains. It follows the cliff edges closely and is generally wide enough for people to pass on, but there are sheer drops which could be deadly. From here, the trail ascends and descends fairly steeply. After reaching the canyon, it is necessary to slide down a rocky buttress and switchback a few times before reaching the hanging canyon.  It is important to note that the switchbacks leading to the canyon is not safe for children.

Trail highlights include views of the antique cable draw on Cable Mountain and Zion Canyon, sandstone pools filled with Canyon Tree Frogs, a freestanding arch, and views of granaries and the Virgin River.

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