Riverside Walk, Zion National Park Hiking

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Riverside Walk

Riverside Walk is the ideal hike in Zion National Park for folks of all ages, giving the visitor the opportunity to see amazing rock formations, wildlife, plant life and more.

  • Riverside Walk is the perfect hike for families in Zion National Park
  • It’s a 2-mile easy out-and-back hike on a paved trail
  • Allow about one and a half hours for this excursion
  • The trailhead is at the Temple of Sinawava
  • Stop at the kiosks to learn more about the area


Riverside Walk is a paved, easy-to-follow trail and a perfect hike for families, with its path above the river and little change in elevation. The beauty of Zion National Park shines through, making it a very popular excursion on a visit to the park. Towering eroded monoliths are seen on all sides, as well as the added bonus of a peek at the Zion Narrows.

As you move along on the Riverside Walk, you can stop and see the exhibits in the information kiosks describing the variety of plant life in the area. Enjoy the hanging gardens, charming pools and wildlife that lives here.


The trailhead for the Riverside Walk is at Temple of Sinawava, a shuttle stop at the far end of Zion Canyon.


  • Distance – 2 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 1.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain – Minimal
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – Out and back

Plan & Prepare

The trail is accessible all year, but sometimes is closed in winter months due to snow and ice. The best time to come and take the Riverside Walk is from March to October. In early April through early November you will have to take the shuttle, which leaves from the Zion Canyon Visitors Center.

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