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Natural Wonders, Free, Hiking, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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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 100 feet from the parking lot to the overlook, where expansive views of Zion Canyon can be enjoyed.

Most travelers suggest starting your hike early due to limited on-site parking. Others say that although the trail is relatively short, there are some narrow, rocky sections that might be difficult for young children to manage.

To reach the trailhead, travel along Highway 9 to the east entrance of the Mount Carmel Tunnel. You can park your car on the south side of the road, and you'll access the trail on the north side of the road. The park's free shuttle will also make stops here. Access to the trail is free with park admission (a weekly pass costs $30 per vehicle or $15 for those entering on foot or bike). Learn more about Canyon Overlook Trail by visiting Utah.com's website.

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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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