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Pa’rus Trail, Zion

March 29, 2017 by Don Axford

The Pa’rus Trail is a paved trail in Zion National Park running between the Visitor Center and the Canyon Junction. It is a pleasant walk along the Virgin River.

During tourist season when the shuttles are running you can walk … Read the rest

Zion Petroglyph Canyon

March 17, 2017 by Don Axford

The Zion Petroglyphs are not well known. They are located on the east side of Zion and have an easy trail to them.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 0.25 miles each way – easy
Elevation gain: 100 feet … Read the rest

Sand Bench Trail Zion

March 17, 2017 by Don Axford

The Sand Bench Trail is a relatively unused trail in the Scenic Zion Canyon Drive. It is used for horse trail rides from April to October. The best time for hiking is outside this time frame as the sandy trail … Read the rest

Crawford Wash, Zion

March 26, 2016 by Don Axford

Crawford Wash is a beautiful wide wash running south from SR9 in the east section of Zion National Park. This wash eventually connects to the east Virgin River and the Parunuweap Canyon. On this hike we traversed part way along … Read the rest

Checkerboard Loop Trail

December 8, 2015 by Don Axford

This is a remote trek into the Zion wilderness on the East side of Zion National Park. The route takes you south from SR9 about 2 miles along the drainage on the west side of checkerboard mesa. The loop route … Read the rest

Many Pools, Zion

April 15, 2015 by Don Axford

Many Pools is a beautiful trail up a broad slickrock valley with numerous water pools along the route. In the authors opinion this is one of the nicest trails in Zion. From the head of the Many Pools trail you … Read the rest

Emerald Pools Trail, Zion

January 8, 2015 by Don Axford

The Emerald Pools are beautiful pools located on the west side of the Zion Canyon Parkway. The main Emerald Pool trail starts opposite the Zion lodge 2.7 miles from the start of the Scenic Canyon Drive.

This is a popular … Read the rest

Rock Field, Zion East

December 11, 2014 by Don Axford

This is a remote trek into the wilderness on the East side of Zion National Park. Travelling South from SR9 you reach an interesting rock field about 2 miles in. The canyon of the East Fork of the Virgin River … Read the rest

Hidden Arch, Zion

April 18, 2013 by Don Axford

Hidden Arch is located across the road from the Checkerboard Mesa near the East entrance to Zion National Park. The trail to view the arch travels through a wash and over slickrock to a viewpoint, and then returns back on … Read the rest

Scoggins Wash, Zion

December 12, 2012 by Don Axford

Scoggins Wash is an easy walk into the interior of the southern lowlands of Zion National Park, Utah. This is an ideal winter hike as it is fairly dry and temperatures are much cooler than in the summer. At the … Read the rest

Gifford Canyon, Zion

December 2, 2012 by Don Axford

Gifford Canyon is a north-south canyon on the East side of Zion National Park. The hike through Gifford Canyon is a nice hike through a sandy wash. This hike gets you away from the crowds and into a secluded and … Read the rest

Dalton Wash, Zion

November 25, 2012 by Don Axford

The road to Dalton Wash travels north from SR9 just east of Virgin, Utah. This gravel road takes you to the top of a mesa from where you can access the western wilderness of Zion National Park by following Dalton … Read the rest

Timber Creek Overlook, Zion

November 24, 2012 by Don Axford

The Timber Creek Overlook in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park gives magnificent views of the Zion mountains. This trail is located at the end of the Kolob Canyons Road, 5.2 miles from the Visitor Center. The trail … Read the rest

Northgate Peaks, Zion

November 24, 2012 by Don Axford

The Northgate Peaks are two large slickrock peaks, the East Northgate Peak and the West Northgate Peak, on the Kolob Plateau in the north western wilderness of Zion National Park. The West Peak rises about 500 feet above the valley … Read the rest

Clear Creek, Zion

November 23, 2012 by Don Axford

Clear Creek flows from beyond the eastern entrance of Zion National Park down past Checkerboard Mesa and along the south side of SR9 until it enters Pine Creek about 0.4 miles east of the upper end of the Main Zion … Read the rest

Lower Pine Creek, Zion

November 21, 2012 by Don Axford

Pine Creek begins in the high country 1.5 miles north of SR9 on the eastern section of Zion National Park, continues down and under SR9, then along the south side of SR9, goes back north under SR9, and then drops … Read the rest