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This one-mile hiking trail starts just outside the east entrance to the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel, and leads to a dramatic observation point that provides impressive views of Zion's rugged landscape.
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, East Entrance, Zion National Park, UT
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We ran into a guy who had done Angel's Landing (sigh ... maybe someday) the day before, and he said he thought the view here was better. That's just crazy and I think he couldn't be more wrong, but it sure does illustrate how compelling...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joe A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Want to go on a nice hike with kids n tow? The canyon overlook trail is a nice option. A non paved hike with a nice reward.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank GreatTraveltime
Reviewed October 29, 2018

The trail head is just outside the tunnel entrance so getting in/out is sometimes difficult if there is a queue. Spaces are also limited so be patient and you'll eventually get a space since this is a relatively short hike (<1 mi). The view from...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank TR182Flyer
Reviewed October 27, 2018

I think this trail provides the best elevated view of the canyon for the least amount of effort. It took less than half an hour to reach the main viewing area with very little elevation change. There are interesting rock formations and colours to see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank Tantiko
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Great hike. We started hiking early in the morning while the sun was reflecting on the mountains. Totally worth it even going up. We had to stop several times to catch out breath but not for the steep -which is moderate- but for the views!!!!...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank MaLauraBS
Reviewed October 22, 2018

If you are looking for a high elevation viewpoint in Zion National Park but you don't want to tackle a strenuous and grueling trail like Observation Point, then the Canyon Overlook Trail is just what you are looking for. The Canyon Overlook Trail is one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Went to the Canyon Overlook Trail as our first hike in the park. Was a great introduction to the dramatic scenery of the park, and a nice warm up to stretch our legs and test our hiking poles. Steep drop offs at the end, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank DWcpa
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was a fun hike. The trailhead just at the east entrance of the tunnel. There are a couple of small parking lots and parking along the road. We were hiking around a couple of people who were very afraid of heights and they couldn't...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cindy A
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a great short hike to do for an amazing view. The hike/walk takes about 15-20 minutes and brings you to an incredible lookout over the canyon. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Zion as it’s quick and totally worth the stop.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amyation
Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is a fun hike with a little cave, a little water, a few cliffs/rails, and lots of rocks. Parking is nearly impossible in the busy seasons, and no shuttle runs to the trailhead on the east edge of the park. Park along the road...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 21, 2018|
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Response from doodlebugakj | Reviewed this property |
I have done this hike several times but always as the sun is about to set. I believe you are facing west when you look out into the canyon from here. I just posted my review a few days ago with several pictures
July 26, 2018|
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Response from GeniaCosgrove | Reviewed this property |
You would probably encounter ice that time of year. I hiked it in early April and it was 32 degrees then. At that altitude the likelihood of ice increases. It's a must see lookout and such a beautiful hike. It was the only... More
March 6, 2018|
Response from CharlotteDayTripper | Reviewed this property |
This is a great trail however, there are some very narrow parts with steep drops. That said, sometimes there is a guardrail. Sometimes there is a bit more room to hug the side of the rock. There is a part where a bridge... More