Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park Hiking

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Canyon Overlook Trail

The perfect hike for the whole family, the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park provides marvelous vistas of Zion Canyon and the sandstone cliffs from a wonderfully high elevation.

  • The Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1-mile easy roundtrip hike in Zion National Park
  • Great for families since there’s minimal elevation gain
  • Trailhead on the east side of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel
  • Get a great view of the Zion Canyon
  • Stop and rest in a shaded alcove with ferns growing


The Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park takes you along the Pine Creek Canyon, over stone steps and high above Zion Canyon. You’ll enjoy wildflowers blooming along the path and the views of the lower section of the canyon. You’ll also come upon a shaded alcove where ferns flourish. It’s a great place to stop and rest. When you get to the end of the trail, marvel at views of East Temple and the Beehives.


To get to the trailhead, simply drive to the east end of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. You start the steps up the trail by the ranger booth.


  • Distance – 1 mile
  • Average Time of Hike – 1 hour
  • Elevation Gain – 163 feet
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Plan & Prepare

You can access Canyon Overlook Trail year round. The highway leading to it is open 24/7.

When hiking the trail, always stay on the trail and never step to the edge of a cliff, as sandstone is delicate and can crumble. There are some steep drop-offs on the trail, so always keep a close eye on children.

Most places along the trail are in full sun, and it can be quite hot by late morning. Plan accordingly. Avoid the trek if it is raining, as the trails can be slippery.

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