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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 and some desert cacti and greenery along the way. As the trail only ascends about 400 feet, it's a good trail to start out on for those new to hiking.
Previous travelers called this a "nice moderate hike," though some recommend doing it early in the day to avoid the direct sunlight that bears down at midday. Because the trailhead is near the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, one visitor recommends skipping the long lines of the free shuttle in favor of hopping on this trail first.
You'll find the trailhead for the Watchman Trail near the visitor center, across from the shuttle stop. Remember to bring plenty of water, slather on sunscreen and start your hike as early as possible, since this trail is fully exposed to the blazing Utah sun. To learn more about the Watchman Trail, check out Utah.com's website.
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