1. Angels Landing
Take the Angels Landing Trail for a brisk hike from the valley all the way to an amazing overlook. It was once said the this area was so high that it was only available for angels to land. This five mile round-trip hike starts out as a paved switchback trail. The final ascent gets a bit more rough and requires propery hiking shoes and plenty of water. Our friend, Kristie Salzmann described this hike in an earlier post on hiking in Zion National Park.
2. The Subway
The Subway is uniquely shaped slot canyon in Zion National Park. This narrow canyon is shaped similar to subway tunnels making this hike a truly unique experience. Bring your camera as this section of trail is definitely something you'll want to capture.
3. The Narrows
This is a popular hike but it requires you to travel through the river multiple times. It is recommended to wear waterproof boots and pants and to use a walking stick while crossing the rocky river. The Narrows Trail gives hikers a fun experience hiking through the narrow canyon. Be sure to know the risk of flash floods before attempting this trail.
4. Kolob Arch
Take the 14-mile round-trip hike to Kolob Arch to get away from the shorter and more crowded trails. The reward, seeing Kolob, the second longest natural arch in the world. Chose your route carefully and you can experience some canyoneering or backpacking in this beautiful area of the national park.
5. Zion National Park Scenic Byway
If a scenic drive through Zion National Park and Southern Utah sounds desirable, take a ride on the Zion National Park Scenic Byway. The road will take you through the tunnel on the Mount Caramel Highway. This 1.1 mile tunnel was constructed in 1930. It was the longest tunnel of its type in the US at that time but this shortcut cut 70 miles off the distance to drive from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park and also gave easier access to the Grand Canyon.
6. Emerald Pools
Here's an easy hike for everyone in the family. Start at the famous Zion Lodge parking lot and take the Emerald Pools Trail over the river and towards the pools. This hike is good for kids or older family members. Before arriving at the pools, the trail goes under a seasonal waterfall (pictured below).
7. Observation Point
If big views are on your list of things to see in Zion National Park, definitely hike the 8-mile roundtrip trail to Observation Point. From here you will have a bird's eye view of the canyon. These are some of the greatest views in Zion, don't miss this hike.
What do you think of this list? What did we miss? What else do you thing is a must-see in Zion National Park? Tell us in the comments below.