Information for the DIY crowd
A trip to the St. George and Springdale area can easily be justified with a single hike in Zion National Park or Snow Canyon State Park. They are that good! It’s truly a unique experience you won’t find elsewhere.
The best word to describe this incredible terrain is raw. The beautiful red and orange rock bursts and breaks into mountains, canyons, buttes and gorges that make for some great hiking. It’s amazing to see what nature is capable of.
The St. George area has something for everyone in the realm of hiking. So whether you are looking for a grueling twelve mile hike into the solitude of nature or a fun 2 mile hike for the whole family, we won’t disappoint.
5 Recommended Hikes in Zion National Park
Particularly pleasant in the heat of summer; this hike uses the Virgin River as its trail as you make your way up a canyon. So you can plan on getting wet for this one. The length of this hike is stated as varying because you can hike it three different ways. Bottom-up, top-down single day, or top-down overnight are the options. Bottom-up is the casual approach where you can enter from the bottom of the canyon and just go up as far as you are comfortable with and then turn back the way you came. Top-down single day is a long push of the whole 16 miles in one day. Top-down overnight is perfect for those who want to break up the hike a little and take more time. Either top-down option will require a permit that can be found here.
Location: Zion National Park Length: Varies up to 16 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
If variety is the spice of life then this is one spicy trail. Making your way up the Subway trail means scrambling over boulders, wading and even swimming, some light repelling and using the river as a trail for most of the way. It is recommended not to attempt this hike without someone who is experienced in canyoneering. It is also important to note that a permit must be obtained in advance of doing this hike.
Location: Zion National Park Length: 9.5 miles Difficulty: Technical
Some of the best things in life don’t come easy; this is one of them. To master the Observation Point hike, you will have to gain nearly 2,000 feet in elevation over the four miles up to the top. It’s a climb, but the view justifies the effort. The hike begins at the trail head for Weeping Rock.
Location: Zion National Park Length: 8 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
It’s a short, challenging hike but it offers some unique views of the area from the other big name hikes. This trail is not kid friendly and as the picture indicates you will passe some sheer cliffs and use chains for support.
Location: Zion National Park Length: 2.2 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
3 Recommended Hikes in Snow Canyon State Park
White Rocks Trail
Nature is an awesome force. A prime example of that power is the White Rocks Amphitheater in Snow Canyon. It’s worth the trip to see a naturally formed amphitheater.
Location: Snow Canyon State Park Length: 3.75 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Once upon a time it was a river of free drifting sand but no longer. Its short and sweet but its a beautiful mile. The rich red petrified sand hills are a unique experience and they make for some artistic pictures.
Location: Snow Canyon State Park Length: 1 mile Difficulty: Moderate
Lava Flow Overlook
A few ages before any of us arrived this land was alive. Flowing lava moved across the land and mountains were violently created. Its quite the treat now though. Make time to see this volcanic residue.
Location: Snow Canyon State Park Length: 2 miles Difficulty: Moderate