Angels Landing

#8 in Best Things To Do in Zion National Park
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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Like its name alludes, the Angels Landing trail concludes at an elevated perch. Travelers will ascend 1,488 feet during the 5-mile round-trip hike, some of which features sheer cliffs and steep switchbacks that might make it mentally challenging to those with an aversion to heights. Those hikers should turnaround at Scout Lookout (which is also where the trail's restrooms are located), as the last bit of the trail to the landing involves grasping chains to keep your footing on the sheer drop-offs.

This is a strenuous five-hour hike that's not ideal for children or anyone with a fear of heights, according to recent travelers. Reviewers also suggest tackling the hike midweek, since the trail gets crowded on weekends.

The trailhead for Angels Landing is located at the Grotto Picnic Area in Zion Canyon, and it's most popular to visit during the spring, summer and fall. Wintertime's icy conditions can make the trail treacherous, while summer afternoons can be sweltering. If you're hiking in the summer, start your trek early to avoid the midday heat. You'll find restrooms at the trailhead; hikers should carry water and snacks in a backpack so that they'll have free hands to grasp the chains on the final ascent. Access to Angels Landing is free with park admission and reachable via the park's free shuttle. Check out Utah.com's website to find out more.

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#1 The Narrows

The slimmest section of Zion Canyon is known as the Narrows, and it's one of the park's most popular hikes. To experience it, set out from the Temple of Sinawava along the Riverside Walk for a one-mile, wheelchair-accessible hike that offers a good view of the Narrows. But if you want to go any farther, you'll be wading or even swimming upstream since the footpath turns into the Virgin River. Along the way, you'll enjoy towering views of the striated, orange-red canyon.

Recent travelers recommend sealing any valuables in a waterproof bag, as the water can rise as high as your waist in some places. According to reviewers, you'll also need to rent or bring waterproof shoes as the rocky, slippery terrain cannot be traversed with bare feet. Hikers also suggest getting to the Narrows early to avoid the crowds.

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