Canyon Overlook in Zion National Park is a family-friendly trail on the east side of Zion that features big horn sheep sightings, caves (kinda) and one of the most breathtaking views in the park. It almost feels like cheating to get views like this with such an easy hike.
1.25 miles round trip.
This is an easy family friendly hike with very little elevation gain. Beware, there are steep drop-offs on this trail, so it is very important to keep an eye on your children at all times.
The trail is mostly level, but in the very beginning there are some very short uphill switchbacks that the younger kiddos may need a bit of help with. It is important to note that even though this is a very kid friendly hike, there are plenty of spots along the trail and especially at the overlook that can be dangerous. Make sure your children stick to the trail and away from the edges. Plan to spend some time at the overlook enjoying the amazing views.
This trail is located on the east side of Zion, just east of the Carmel Tunnel. Click Here for exact location and directions.
PARKING TIPS COMING FROM THE WEST SIDE
When you come out of the Carmel Tunnel, there will be a small parking lot immediately to your right. I recommend pulling into that parking lot even if you don’t see any spaces available. There is a spot at the back of the lot where you can wait and see if something will become available soon. If it’s not looking good, you can pull out and go a little farther up the road, and there is a very small parking area to your left. Pull in there even if you don’t see anything and wait for something to oven up. If you go any further up the road you will have a decent walk to get to the trailhead. Scroll through for tips and additional info.
TIPS AND ADDITIONAL INFO
Keep an eye out for big horn sheep. They love to hang out in this area!
Do this hike in the evening if possible. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun set behind the mountains!
Have your kiddos use the restroom at the small parking lot before you head up the trail
If you have some extra time, there is a short but very steep rocky dirt trail that starts at the small parking lot. Follow it down to explore a small slot canyon. Kinda fun!
Wear good hiking shoes, bring water, and enjoy the views!
If you have done the Canyon Overlook hike and have any tips or info we would love to hear from you in the comment section below.