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The first part of the trail (out to the loop) is pretty typical trail (nice views of the west canyon wall and peaks, not too sandy, some shade). However, I wish we had done the loop portion as an out-and-back on the east side of...More
We've been to Zion several times and wanted to try a hike we hadn't done before. We read the trail descriptions all saying it was a sandy trail, but thought it might be like the Canyon Overlook trail in terms of being sandy. It was...More
We did Sand Bench Loop, accessing it from the Patriarch Bus Stop in late December ( 2 wks before a major rockfall). No horses or horse waste on the trails which were icy and in parts muddy. Limited numbers of other hikers on the trail....More
If you are thinking you will hike this trail you will be hiking in a ton of horse poop. This is the only trail the horses are allowed on so their many tours a day utilize it. It is a great very of the patriarchs...More
The Sand Bench Trail is one of Zion's quietest, least travailed trails. Although the full loop can be quite lengthy and time consuming, a shortened version of it is a marvelous hike. We started from the Court of the Patriarchs and hiked along the river...More
This is loop trail is shared with horses from March to October. It goes along the edge of Virgin River, in between Canyon Drive and the Court of the Patriarchs. We encountered no other hikers and enjoyed getting right next to the Patriarchs.
I ran this trail from the lodge and absolutely loved it. It had some unexpected elevation which added some kick. The views at sunset are stunning and I came across a herd of elk as well as some wild turkeys. Trails are a mix between...More
This is actually a horse trail used by a company that takes guests on 3 hour trail rides. We encountered 2 groups during our hike. The trail leaders were really nice. We hiked the entire loop & got praised for our tenacity. The trail is...More