The Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park is a favorite hike for all ages because of it’s beautiful views with only a quick and easy hike to achieve them.
The Canyon Overlook Trail is not part of the main Zion canyon, so you cannot take a shuttle there. Instead you take the scenic drive between Canyon Junction and the East Zion Entrance. Just east of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel is the Canyon Overlook Trailhead.
Parking can be the biggest obstacle here. I came in the dark for sunrise so the lot was nearly empty, but it’s small and fills quickly. Just further down the road to the east there is another pullout that has a restroom.
Canyon Overlook Trail
I took most of these photos on my return trip, but hiked there in the near darkness with my headlamp.
The Canyon Overlook trail hugs the mountainside with a combination of dirt and man-made bridges and railings. There are drop offs, but this can be safely done with young children as long as they will hold an adult’s hand.
Soon you have the last few steps leading to the viewpoint.
When I arrived there were only a couple other people taking in the views, but by the end of the sunrise, there was a little crowd.
It was fun to watch the change in the view from the pre-dawn light to the sunlit canyon walls.
The views behind the overlook are nice too.
There were some beautiful wildflowers along the trail.
Here is a vertical view from the Canyon Overlook.
Stats: Distance – 1.0 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 15-40 minutes
Elevation gain – 187 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – dirt and rocks with a few ramps and stairs
Bathrooms – One minute east of the trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-Round (use micro-spikes in winter)
Permits needed – $35/vehicle for 7-day pass or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – No