442 ft / 135 m
2 / 10
Winter, Spring, Fall
8 / 10 (Heavy)
Canyon Overlook Trail is the shortest and easiest trail in Zion National Park and ends at one of the most impressive views in the park. Canyon Overlook is also one of the few trails in Zion that does't require a mandatory shuttle ride to get to. Just head east up the Zion Mt Carmel Highway. You will wind up the mountain until you reach a pretty lengthy tunnel. Once you pop out on the other side of this tunnel, look for parking immediately. There is a mini lot on the right hand side, but you will likely have to head further up and grab a spot along the street. The low effort hike is ideal for days where you are running low on time or energy and just want a mellow hike with a solid view.
For the same reasons, this hike tends to get pretty crowded with your most casual park go-ers. You're better off going in the offseason, particularly in wintertime when the park really slows down. This is one of the few hikes that doesn't get exponentially more sketchy when there is snow on the ground and the orange canyon walls look surreal with some contrasting snow on them. Nevertheless, if you can't avoid the crowded seasons, there are some great hidden spots to the left when you arrive at the viewpoint. Some of the best views are off to the left and allows you to get some separation from the crowds. Like most of your well known viewpoints, most people just hang at the obvious overlook, so if you get adventurous, its easy to get away from the noise.
The sun sets directly in front of you so this is one of the few times we recommend taking a crowded hike at sunset. Keep an eye on the forecast and if there are some light clouds in the sky, you wont be disappointed.