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“Nice easy trail, bad parking!”

Canyon Overlook Trail
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Owner description: This one-mile hiking trail starts just outside the east entrance to the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel, and leads to a dramatic observation point that provides impressive views of Zion's rugged landscape.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Nice easy trail, bad parking!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Okay, so this is a great trail to get an aerial view over Zion. It's fairly easy, good underfoot and for a relatively small time investment has a good payoff at the end! The view does not really look over the main Zion Canyon, ie where the Virgin River runs, it overlooks the main road that leads to the (restricted) road into the canyon, which then swings round to Springdale. You need to go to Observation Point for the best aerial view of the main canyon, but that is a significant undertaking(!!)

The entrance to the trail is very close to the road tunnel through the mountain (IIRC the second one if coming from Bryce). The main problem with this trail is the very limited parking. There are just a few spaces on either side of the road. You have to get lucky or go early to find a space, it isn't really possible to hang around and wait. If you miss the parking spot you'll have a bit of a drive before it's possible to turn around and head back.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

We usually prefer trails that involve water but the amazing views and unusual rock formations on this one won us over. Took us, including our 10 & 12 yr old boys, almost 1.5 hrs r/t (with some stopping and side diversions along the way). Our boys LOVED it but there are a 2 or 3 short sections with narrow paths & no railings & steep drop-offs where a trip could be disastrous. This is not for young kids unless you carry them, or they are well-behaved and will hold your hand and listen and not pull away.

Visited May 2013
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“Well worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

Closest trail to the west entrance (immediately east of the tunnel). Starts steep but quickly gets easier... older people can do it if they just push through that first hundred yards and take it at their own pace. Not scary, lots of great and varied terrain, and making it to the end (about 1/2 mile?) results in a wonderful rewarding view!

Visited January 2014
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“A fitting way to farewell the park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

Canyon Overlook was our final hike in Zion and after climbing to Scouts Lookout on the Angels trail earlier in the morning, it was a really nice way to stretch our legs and enjoy the lovely red sandstone country on top of the canyon before having to move on.
Parking as others have noted is limited and it's easy to miss the trailhead, especially coming out of the canyon, because it's on the opposite side of the road as you exit the last tunnel, but in the middle of winter there were very few people around and we had both the carpark and the trail pretty much to ourselves.
Definitely worth a look entering or leaving Zion, and under blue skies on a warm, sunny afternoon the views were gorgeous both along the trail and at the overlook itself.
There were little patches of ice on the trail here and there, but otherwise the footing was sandy and relatively sound; there are sturdy handrails along the drop offs and it is a moderate hike without too much steep climbing. Enjoy!

Visited January 2014
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“Go early for solitude”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

You have to drive up Rt 9 through the tunnel to get to the trail head just on the other side of the tunnel. The drive to the tunnel is incredible with multiple switchbacks and virtually no guard rail (just tire height rocks). We did the hike early in the morning (about an hour after sunrise) and were two of four people on the trail that early. There are a few semi-scary drops and a wooden bridge. The view at the top was outstanding. We explored the area and found several great viewing spots. This is not a strenuous hike, but people that are scared of heights may be bothered by a few spots.

Visited June 2013
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