Hiking at Zion National Park
for all ages
Angel's Landing is a 5 miles strenuous hike that increases 1,488 feet in elevation in just 2.5 miles. It is considered one of the most popular and famous hikes at Zion National Park. It is virtually a sheer cliff with steep inclines and winding paths as it climbs the steep rock. If you have a weak stomach or hate heights, you may want to avoid this hike. However, it's a must-see experience you won't soon forget. You won't need weeks of prior training to do this hike, but it is challenging physically. Trail path is kept nice and maintained throughout the year. It winds and is steep. The trail gives you a slight break at Hog's Back.
Expert Tip: Beware of potential lightning while hiking Angel's Landing, it is a real threat and can be dangerous. Watch weather forecasts for any signs of thunderstorms and stay clear.
Once you arrive at Scouts Lookout and crossover the Saddle and get through the crazy steep, thinly narrow Hogsback, you must use the chains that are fastened into the canyon stone, which aide you from falling or sliding over the edge of the sheer cliff.
Summit of Angel's Landing
If you were able to get past Hogsback, you arrive at the Landing part of the trail where thick trees clinging to steep cliff slopes are. Great place to see little critters and fowl, ans of course the occasional hiker who needs a break from this strenuous part of the trail. Congratulations! You made it to the summit. Read more information about Angel's Landing.
View photo tour of Angel's Landing
If using a wheelchair or pushing children in a stroller, the Gateway to the Narrows, known as the Riverside Walk is a mild hike, appropriate for people of all ages and fitness level.
Adventure hikes at Zion National Park
Our Top Recommendation: The Narrows
The Narrows are slot canyons that have been cut out of the sandstone rock by rivers and mountain tributaries. It is fun to repel, rock climb, or walk through the narrows throughout the year.
When hiking the Narrows, take caution and plan ahead to avoid potential flash floods. Flash flooding is common during torential downpours and can be dangerous. Watch weather forecasts and plan accordingly. Read more information about the Narrows.
Across from the Grotto Picnic Area is where the hiking trail starts. From there is stays quite flat until you come across the switchbacks, which leads up to Refrigerator Canyon area.
So named because of how cold and pleasant it is with a nice canyon breeze that can really give relief to the blistering southern Utah heat in the summertime.
This area of the trail is made up of a successive series of tight switchbacks that eventually lead you up to Refrigerator Canyon and out to the mountain ridge of Scout's Lookout, which is gorgeous, but not for the queasy.