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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 ... Read more » Lightvision / Getty Images

#2 Zion Canyon Visitor Center Likely a traveler's first stop in Zion National Park, the visitor center contains a large bookstore, a miniature model of the entire park and knowledgeable park staff who are ... Read more » Yi-Liang (Lucas) Liu / Flickr

#3 Zion Canyon Scenic Drive If you'd rather experience Zion National Park's grandeur from the safety and comfort of your car, then the 57-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is for you. The route ... Read more » stellalevi / Getty Images

#4 Canyon Overlook Trail One of the easiest and most photographed trails in Zion National Park, Canyon Overlook Trail is also one of the busiest. Only 1-mile round trip, this trail will take hikers ... Read more » Praveen P.N / Getty Images

#5 Observation Point When you crest the Observation Point trail, you'll find yourself at an elevation of 6,521 feet atop Mount Baldy and enjoying a bird's-eye view of just about ... Read more » Utah-based Photographer Ryan Houston / Getty Images

#6 Watchman Trail The 3-mile round-trip Watchman Trail doesn't ascend the red, 6,545-foot-tall Watchman Spire but rather affords a spectacular view of it, as well as the expansive valley beneath it ... Read more » Justin Reznick Photography / Getty Images

#7 Pa'rus Trail Pa'rus Trail, with its wide paved path, is probably the easiest hike in Zion National Park. But it's also just a great way to reach various sites throughout ... Read more » Robert_Ford / Getty Images

#8 Angels Landing 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 ... Read more » Michele D'Amico supersky77 / Getty Images

The Narrows picture in Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Visitor Center picture in Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive picture in Zion National Park
Canyon Overlook Trail picture in Zion National Park
Observation Point picture in Zion National Park
Watchman Trail picture in Zion National Park
Pa'rus Trail picture in Zion National Park
Angels Landing picture in Zion National Park
The Narrows picture in Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Visitor Center picture in Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive picture in Zion National Park
Canyon Overlook Trail picture in Zion National Park
Observation Point picture in Zion National Park
Watchman Trail picture in Zion National Park
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You'll need to wear your water shoes when hiking – ahem, wading – through the Narrows. Lightvision / Getty Images

Visitors can stock up on everything from books to souvenirs at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Yi-Liang (Lucas) Liu / Flickr

For epic views of Zion Canyon, travelers can take the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from the Intersection of Highway 9 and Interstate 15. stellalevi / Getty Images

While many of the park's hikes aren't suitable for children, Canyon Overlook Trail is one of the park's easier treks. Praveen P.N / Getty Images

When you reach Observation Point, this is the view that will await you. Utah-based Photographer Ryan Houston / Getty Images

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The narrow ridge that leads up to Angels Landing isn't for those afraid of heights. Michele D'Amico supersky77 / Getty Images

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