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Hiking the Sand Bench Loop Trail - Zion National Park

Imagine for a moment a hike in Zion that is beautiful, family-friendly and not crowded with people. You're probably thinking, no, that isn't possible. Well, I am here to tell you it is! This trail is amazing! You get views of iconic mountains, a lovely bridge, and a stream filled with frogs and tadpoles in the spring and summer.

LENGTH

1.25 mile loop

DIFFICULTY

This trail has very little elevation gain, but for the majority of the hike you are walking in fine sand.

LOCATION

You get off on the Court of the Patriarchs stop (Stop #3) and cross the street to the river. You will walk past a horse stable and a watershed and then you will come to a beautiful bridge. Head to the right after you pass the bridge.

TRAIL DETAILS

You will walk past a horse stable and a watershed and then you will come to a beautiful bridge. Head to the right after you pass the bridge. The way I like to do this hike is not the way that is advertised, or how I have ever seen it described online. The way I do this hike with my kids makes it much shorter than advertised and it also only puts you on the horse trail for about 1/3 mile. After you take a right at the bridge, you will soon come to an area where there are wood posts for horses to be tied up. After you pass the wood posts, as long as you don't take any paths going to the right and always go to the left, you will loop back around to the bridge where you started. This trail gives you beautiful up-close views of the Court of the Patriarch mountains, and you will also come across a little stream towards the end of the hike that is filled will tadpoles and frogs in the spring and summer. Scroll down for tips and additional info.

Bridge on the way to Sand Bench Loop trail
Hiking the Sand Bench Loop trail
Hiking in the sand on the Sand Bench Loop trail
Hiking the Sand Bench Loop trail.
Catching tadpoles on the Sand Bench Loop trail.
Hiking the Sand Bench Loop trail.
Crossing the stream on the Sand Bench Loop trail
Playing in the water of the Sand Bench Loop trail