Let a peaceful hike on the East Rim Trail in Zion National Park take you away from the crowds below to the beauty which lies above the canyon walls.
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Length: 14.08 Miles Round Trip*
Trailhead(s): Zion East Entrance Trailhead
Elevation Gain: 1,547’
Trail Type: Out & Back
Dogs: Not Allowed
Permit Required? Yes – National Park Entry Fee $35
Considerations: Summer Heat/Winter Snow
Season: Year Round
*Due to a significant rockfall from Cable Mountain, the East Rim Trail is closed between the Weeping Rock Trailhead and the Observation Point Trail.
Take a peaceful hike on the East Rim Trail in Zion National Park to escape the crowds in the main canyon below.
ZION NATIONAL PARK
An Adventure Awaits
Utah’s first national park is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, beckoning adventurers of all ages and abilities to explore its sedimentary cliffs, arches, and canyons. Alternatively, for those just wanting to see the enormity of the immense walls of the main canyon and its unmatched beauty, riding the shuttle buses from the Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava can’t be beat. However, even though the shuttle tour is fantastic, we highly recommend getting off the buses to experience the canyon first hand.
Avoid the Crowds
Shuttle buses which access the farthest reaches of Zion’s main canyon stop to let visitors off and on at the trailheads. As a result, they are often heavily trafficked during peak visitation when the park is crowded. Visitors find parking lots and shuttles are full, and that they have lots of company for their explorations on popular trails. As such, we also want to encourage you to get off the beaten path and take the opportunity to explore Zion’s many other hidden wonders. One of these often overlooked gems is the East Rim Trail, accessed near the east entrance of Zion National Park.
ZION NATIONAL PARK – EAST RIM TRAIL
A hike on the Zion National Park East Rim Trail lets hikers get away from the crowds of the main canyon to relish the extraordinary beauty of the landscape which lies above the canyon walls. Though it is a long hike, most of it is not difficult, has great scenery to view, and is wonderfully peaceful. For example, we got to the trailhead before 10 am and encountered only a handful of other hikers and a couple of backpackers in late October. Honestly, it was a total treat to have this beautiful place essentially to ourselves, to enjoy its grace and quiet, and be humbled by its majesty.
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East Rim Trail Slideshow
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Gear We Use for Day Hiking
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