The Angels Landing Trail is part of the West Rim Trail system in Zion National Park that leads out to a point that looks down on the Main Canyon and allows you to see up toward Kolob and down into Springdale. This trail begins at The Grotto and crosses over the Virgin River on one of the many walking bridges that Zion is known for. The trail follows the river and then turns to the west and then switchbacks up toward Refrigerator Canyon. This trail climbs quickly on the paved trail and you will see the vegetation change quickly. When you enter Refrigerator Canyon you will feel the cool breeze rushing through that gives the canyon its name. Next you will meet Walter’s Wiggles – a set of switchbacks that bring you up to Scout Lookout. From the lookout you will head up the chains that take you out to the point of Angels Landing. This part of the trail is exhilarating, but is not recommended for small children or people who have problems with heights.
Observation Point is an out of the way moderate-strenuous hike with views that will knock your socks off if you dare give it a try! It is slightly less strenuous than Angel’s Landing even though it is longer. The trail is in decent condition, but it is not as well maintained as some of the other park trails. It is a nice gradual climb up switch backs as you make your way up to the top. You pass through one slot canyon briefly at one point, and the rest of the trail is switchbacks up to the top. The trail at the top is a single track dirt path out to the point. This trail boasts some of the most spectacular views in the park. It ends with a vantage point to see all the way down and back up the canyon – definitely well worth the climb!
The Red Mountain Trail holds some of the most incredible views of any hike in Southern Utah. The trail passes along the Snow Canyon Overlook, which is a site to behold, and carries along through wilderness area that few have seen. This trail can be done on foot, or horseback. The trail cuts through all different types of vegetation and scenery. It can be done as a long day hike, or as a backpacking trip. Be aware of the weather before you go. Although there are small trees along the way, the trail is primarily fully exposed, so prepare accordingly. Be safe and have fun out there!
If you are (or have been) among the almost 3 million yearly visitors to Zion National Park and have not seen Kolob Arch then you have truly missed one of the most incredible hikes and landmarks in the western hemisphere. Kolob Arch hides in the most northwestern part of Zion National Park in the Kolob Canyons District. Long debated as the world’s longest free-standing arch, Kolob Arch has certainly gained a reputation for being one of the most impressive arches! In 2006, The Natural Arch and Bridge Society re-measured the arch and found it to be 287.4 ft long – just 3 ft short of the record holding Landscape Arch in Arches National Park.