Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon: 7 Day Ultimate Guide

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon: 7 Day Ultimate Guide

Utah National Parks are my favorite parks in the United States. If you are an adventurer like me, you definitely have heard of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. They have been on your bucket list for years, but managing trip is overwhelming… am I right? I was the same, and I didn’t know what to expect before exploring both national parks.

So I decided to put this 7 day plan together for adventurers who are dying to visit Zion and Bryce. This itinerary will help you to plan a 7 day trip from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon. You will find out which trails to hike, how to access them, and where to stay!

If you want to check out more about Zion National Park, read the following article!


Day 1 at Zion National Park


Activity: Going to Zion from Las Vegas Airport
Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Baby deer roaming around our campsite

We flew into Las Vegas Airport to begin the adventure! We rented a car for 7 days, and it cost us about $155. Zion National Park is located in southern Utah, and it took us about 3 hours from the Las Vegas Airport to drive to Zion.

There are many hotels and lodges available around Zion National Park, but we decided to stay at Watchman Campground. Watchman Campground is located a quarter mile from the South Entrance. There are 176 regular sites, including electric campsites ($30 per night) and tent only campsites ($20 per night). Since the campground becomes full every night during the reservation season, reservations are strongly recommended. For more, check out here.


Day 2 at Zion National Park


Trails: Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools Trail, Angels Landing
Total Miles: 7.3 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Photos from Angels Landing Trail

Waking up early and jumping on the free park shuttle! To access to Weeping Rock, you will get off at the 7th stop. Weeping Rock is an easy 30 minute hike, but the trail will take you to a large overhang of rock with water sprinkling from above.

Weeping Rock

・Distance: 0.5 mile round trip
・Duration: 30 minutes
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock (7th stop)

After Weeping Rock, let’s hike another easy trail called Emerald Pools. This hike is family friendly and a perfect leisurely, non-strenuous hike. Due to its beauty, location, and short length, the trail tends to be crowded, but it’s worth visiting if you are in Zion.

Emerald Pools

・Distance: 1.4 miles to Upper Emerald Pools
・Duration: 1 – 3 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Zion Lodge (5th Stop)

These 2 trails are perfect for warming up your body, so now you should be ready to conquer Angels Landing! Angels Landing is the scariest yet most exciting trail in Zion National Park. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement… but the view will be unforgettable! It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing.

Angels Landing

・Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
・Duration: 3 – 5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: The Grotto (6th stop)


Day 3 at Zion National Park


Trails: Hidden Canyon, Observation Point
Total Miles: Approximately 10 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Hidden Canyon

You will walk a lot today! Starting from Hidden Canyon, one of my favorite trails in Zion. Jump on the free park shuttle and get off at the 7th stop. You will hike up the same trail to Observation Point, but then turn right and go 0.7 mile on Hidden Canyon Trail. You will climb up the sheer vertical cliff with a great view. This hike does not have a breathtaking view at the end like Observation Point does, however the trail itself is so much fun! Footing can be a bit difficult at times, but chains help you keep your balance.

Hidden Canyon

・Distance: 3 miles round trip
・Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock (7th stop)

Go back to the junction for Hidden Canyon, and now you are ready to hike Observation Point. Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint.

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Observation Point

Observation Point

・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 5 hours
・Shuttle: Weeping Rock (7th stop)


Day 4 at Zion National Park


Trails: Taylor Creek Trail
Total Miles: 5 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

Taylor Creek Trail is located in the Kolob Canyons. You can access the trail from Kolob Canyons Road, which begins at I-15 south of Cedar City. Taylor Creek Trail is reasonably easy, and it is also a perfect day hike. The main attraction of this trail is to see the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the trail. When we hiked we didn’t really encounter anyone on the trail. It is a quiet and beautiful trail.

Taylor Creek Trail

・Duration: 4 hours
・Trailhead: 2 miles east of Kolob Canyons Visitor Center


Day 5 at Zion National Park


Trails: The Narrows
Total Miles: 8 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

The Narrows is probably my favorite trail in Zion National Park. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world. What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is also such a magical experience. For more info about the Narrows, check this out!

The Narrows

・Duration: 6 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava (9th Stop)


Day 6 at Bryce Canyon


Activity: Heading to Bryce Canyon from Zion National Park
Trail: Queens Garden Trail, Navajo Loop Trail
Total Miles: About 3 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Sunset Campground Group Site

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Queens Garden Trail


We left Zion National Park at 8am. It took us about 1.5 hours to arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Since we didn’t make any reservations for the place to stay, finding our campsite was our first thing to do. We ended up staying at Sunset Campground, but there were only a few spots left. Reservations at least 2 days in advance are strongly recommended! There are 2 campgrounds, North Campground and Sunset Campground, but both usually fill by 1 or 2 pm of the day. Tent site is $20 per night, and RV site is $30 per night. For more, check out here.

So now you are ready to hike Bryce Canyon! If you are in Bryce Canyon, you have to hike the two most popular trails of the park, which are Queens Garden Trail and Navajo Loop Trail. Queens Garden is a favorite of many people since it gives you such a breathtaking view of the park, but the hike itself is flat and easy. At the end of the trail, you will encounter a hoodoo, resembles a portly Queen Victoria. Walking through the arches of the rocks is also a magical experience of the trail!

Queens Garden Trail

・Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Sunrise Point

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

After hiking about 1.6 miles, you will encounter junctions to hike Navajo Loop Trail. Navajo Loop Trail starts and ends at Sunset Point. As you hike down the Navajo Loop, you have a chance to get close and personal with the hoodoos. Although one of the highlights of Navajo Loop Trail is “Wall Street”, it is often closed due to freezing overnight temperatures.

Navajo Loop Trail

・Distance: 1.3 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Sunset Point


Day 7 at Bryce Canyon


Activity: Sunrise Point, Going home

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Photos from Sunrise Point at Bryce Canyon

Wake up early and go to Sunrise Point!! Instead of using a shuttle, you can park your car at the parking spot. Panoramas from the viewpoint take in a large area of Bryce Amphitheater and beyond. It is a perfect spot to capture breathtaking views! Sunset point tends to be more crowded than Sunrise point, so I recommend you wake up early and capture the view!


Frequent Questions

How far from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon?

It is not far from Zion to Bryce Canyon. It takes about 2 hours to get there! If you have time, I recommend you take some time to explore around the area since there is so much to see. There’s a canyon on the way called Red Canyon, and it is absolutely gorgeous!


What is better Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon?

Most definitely Zion National Park because there are more amazing trails to hike! If you are an adventurer like me, you will definitely enjoy hiking Zion more than Bryce. If you are not a hiker but want to take some amazing photos, then Bryce Canyon is for you!! The trails in Bryce Canyon tend to be a lot easier than Zion, and there are many view points which you can access from your car.


Where to stay for Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon?

Zion National Park

Since Zion is a popular park, reservations are highly recommended!

$50 – $100


$100 – $150


Bryce Canyon National Park

$50 – $100


$100 – $150


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10 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

10 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

This article will introduce you 10 BEST hikes in Zion National Park.

Zion National Park is by far our favorite place to hike in the United States. There are about 34 trails in Zion National Park ranging from family friendly to backpacking adventures. You will have many hikes to choose from, so I divided them into 3 groups: Must-Do Hikes, Adventurous Hikes, and Family Friendly Hikes.

Here are my recommendations for the 10 best hikes you can do in Zion National Park. We stayed for 4 nights in Zion, and we managed to hike all major trails. If you are planning to stay shorter periods, don’t miss out the Must-Do Hikes!


3 Must-do hikes

If you want to see the best of Zion, check out these 3 trails! These trails are my favorites, and you don’t need any permits to hike! All you have to do is hop off the shuttle bus to spend a few moments trying to absorb the breathtaking sights!

Angels Landing


・Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
・Duration: 3 – 5 hours
・Elevation: 1,488 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: The Grotto

Angels Landing Hike
Angels Landing Hike

Angels Landing is the scariest yet most exciting trail in Zion National Park. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement… but the view will be unforgettable! It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing. If you have a fear of heights, you should not hike Angels Landing. Also, this hike is not recommended for young children. For more, click here.

Note:
Energetic hikers can continue to West Rim Trail from Scout Lookout of Angels Landing. Be prepared for a long day hike though. This strenuous 13 miles round trip hike from Grotto Picnic Area includes 3,070 feet of elevation gain. Although it’s a strenuous and long trail, this hike rewards your efforts.


The Narrows


・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 6 hours
・Elevation change: 200 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava

The Narrows is probably my favorite trail in Zion National Park. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world. What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is such a magical experience. For more info about the Narrows, check this out!


Observation Point


・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 5 hours
・Elevation change: 2,148 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock

Best Hikes in Zion
Best Hikes in Zion

Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint. Your whole body will be exhausted after this hike, but the view will be totally worth it. It is a perfect trail for those who want a challenging day hike with less crowds. For more, read the article here .


2 Adventurous Hikes

If you want an adventurous hike, check out these two! Although Hidden Canyon doesn’t require a permit, The Subway does. Both are strenuous hikes, but the experience is worth it!!

Hidden Canyon Trail


・Distance: 3 miles round trip
・Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
・Elevation: 850 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock

Best Hikes in Zion

Hidden Canyon is such a gem at Zion National Park. You will hike up the same trail to Observation Point, but then turn right and go 0.7 mile on Hidden Canyon Trail. You will climb up the sheer vertical cliff with a great view. This hike does not have a breathtaking view at the end like Observation Point does, however the trail itself is so much fun! Footing can be a bit difficult at times, but chains help you keep your balance. This is an exhilarating hike, and it gets fewer visitors compared to other popular trails in Zion.


The Subway


・Distance: 9 miles round trip
・Duration: 7 hours
・Elevation: 2,000 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Trailhead: Left Fork or Wildcat Canyon

Best Hikes in Zion

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The Subway is a technical trail, which requires swimming, route-finding, stream crossings, and some rope work. This trail is obviously not for everyone, but it is a perfect trail if you are looking for an adventure. The Subway has some of the most beautiful rock formations of the slot section, and the view is extremely unique. Although the trail is a day-use-only, a permit is required to hike the Subway. You can apply for the lotteries 3 months before the hiking dates. Each lottery costs $5. For more, check out here .


5 Family Friendly Hikes

If you are looking for leisurely non-strenuous hikes, these trails are perfect for you! They are family friendly, and should be manageable for any age and physical ability!

Emerald Pools Trail


・Distance: 0.6 mile one-way to Lower Emerald Pools;
      1 mile to Middle Emerald Pools;
      1.4 miles to Upper Emerald Pools
・Duration: 1 – 3 hours
・Elevation: 70 feet to Lower Emerald Pool;
      150 feet to Middle Emerald Pool;
      350 feet to Upper Emerald Pool
・Effort: Easy-moderate
・Shuttle Stop: Zion Lodge

Best Hikes in Zion

Since Emerald Pools is one of the most popular trails in Zion National Park it tends to be crowded, especially in the summer months. This hike is family friendly and a perfect leisurely, non-strenuous hike. Although you will encounter several interesting pools, the waterflow in Emerald Pools is usually quite light, which can be dissapointing.


Weeping Rock


・Distance: 0.5 mile round trip
・Duration: 30 minutes
・Elevation: 100 feet
・Effort: Easy
・Shuttle: Weeping Rock

Best Hikes in Zion

This short hike will take you to a large overhang of rock with water sprinkling from above. The trail is known as the shortest hike in Zion, but the view from the alcove into Zion Canyon is truly magnificent. Due to its beauty, location, and short length, the trail can be crowded, but it’s worth visiting if you are in Zion. The shady path and sprinkling of water is definitely refreshing, especially on a hot summer day.


Riverside Walk


・Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
・Elevation: 57 feet
・Effort: Easy
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava

Best Hikes in Zion

Riverside Walk is an easy and relaxing hike along the Virgin River to the Narrows. Due to the water and vegetation around the area, there are different kinds of birds and animals chilling around the area. This trail is very family friendly, and it is also wheelchair accessible.


Canyon Overlook Trail


・Distance: 1 mile round trip
・Duration: 1 hour
・Elevation: 163 feet
・Effort: Easy
・Trailhead: Parking area just east of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Best Hikes in Zion

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This easy hike offers you spectacular views from the heights without the stiff climbs found on most other Zion trails. This hike is manageable for all ages and physical abilities. If you want to see magnificent views but don’t want to do a strenuous hike, Canyon Overlook is a perfect trail for you!


Taylor Creek Trail


・Distance: 5 mile round trip
・Duration: 4 hours
・Elevation: 450 feet
・Effort: Easy-moderate
・Trailhead: 2 miles east of Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Taylor Creek Trail is located in the Kolob Canyons. You can access the trail from Kolob Canyons Road, which begins at I-15 south of Cedar City. Taylor Creek Trail is reasonably easy, and it is a perfect day hike. The main attraction of this trail is to see the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the trail. When we hiked we didn’t really encounter anyone on the trail. It is a quiet and beautiful trail.

Have you been to Zion National Park? If so which trails did you hike? If you have never been to Zion, I hope this list will be helpful in the future! Let me know below if you have any questions 🙂



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Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint. Your whole body will be exhausted after this hike, but the view will be totally worth it. It is a perfect trail for those who want a challenging day hike with less crowds.


Trail Details

Observation Point at Zion National Park
  • Distance: 8 miles round trip
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Elevation change: 2,148 feet
  • Effort: Strenuous
  • Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock


Starting from Weeping Rock parking area, you will hike through East Rim Trail. You will reach the junction for Hidden Canyon Trail after 0.8 mile. Several switchbacks later, the trail enters into the dark slot canyon areas of Echo Canyon. Although the trail is rough you will encounter many amazing views while hiking. You will climb up about 3 miles, and then it will be an easy hike through a forest of pine. After about 0.5 mile hike, you will finally get to Observation Point.


Directions to Trailhead

It is probably the easiest to get a shuttle from the National Park Visitor Center. You will get off at Weeping Rock (the 7th Stop). The trailhead starts after a short hike from Weeping Rock parking area. The trail actually takes you along the ways to Hidden Canyon, upper Echo Canyon, East Mesa, and other destinations.


Can you drive to Observation Point Zion?

Observation Point at Zion National Park

You can drive to the trailhead, but you are required to have a special permit to drive from March to November. Since private vehicles are usually prohibited around Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, it is better to take a shuttle from the National Park Visitor Center. The shuttles usually run from the visitor center every 10 minutes. For more, check out here. Just note that the shuttles do NOT run in winter. You will have to drive during December and February. Make sure you park at Weeping Rock parking area if you drive.


How long does it take to hike Observation Point?

The trail of observation point is about 8 miles round trip and gains 2148 feet of elevation. The hike usually takes between 4 and 6 hours. I would say Observation Point is more strenuous than Angels Landing because it will be a longer hike. However, the paved trail is less intimidating compared to walking on the narrow spine of the cliff and sheer drop-offs at Angels Landing. Also, the hike of Observation Point gives you more photo opportunities compared to any other trails in Zion. You will hike through some of the most scenic parts of the park. We kept stopping to take photos of magnificent views.


How high is Observation Point Zion?

Observation Point at Zion National Park
Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation point stands on top of Mount Baldy, a 6507 foot peak. Once you made it to the top of the peak, you will be looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint and the valley road far below. You will be rewarded with a spectacular view, and you feel like you are on top of the world!


How scary is Observation Point Zion?

I didn’t think hiking observation Point was dangerous or scary at all, especially compared to Angels Landing. There are some cliff edges to look over the views, but you will not walk through any narrow spines and sheer drop-offs. If you want to do a challenging hike but you are scared of heights, then Observation Point is a perfect trail for you!


How hard is Observation Point Zion?

Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation Point can be very challenging unless you frequently workout. We hiked Hidden Canyon first and then started hiking Observation Point. I have to say it was hard for me. It felt like it took forever to hike through zigzagging trail to reach the top of the mountain, but the view at the end was so worth it. If your age intimidates you to hike Observation Point, don’t! We saw a couple of people who seemed older than 60 years old on the way.


Best time to Hike Observation Point trail?

The best season to hike Observation Point is either spring or fall. Although summer is the most popular season for Zion National Park, it is not ideal to hike Observation Point during the summer. Since the temperature goes over 100ºF, you want to avoid long hikes such as Observation Point. I also don’t recommend winter since the trail can get icy, and half of the annual rainfall comes during the winter months.

Although Observation Point tends to be less crowded compared to other popular trails such as Angels Landing and the Narrows, starting early is always a good idea to avoid crowds, and you can also get shade along the switchbacks.


What to bring to Observation Point?

Observation Point at Zion National Park


  • Water: Make sure you pack enough water!
  • Hiking Shoes: We recommend wearing hiking shoes rather than regular ones. Since you will hike 8 miles, make sure you wear shoes you are comfortable with.
  • Daypack: Definitely recommended. We put water, snacks, camera, and basically everything we needed in our pack!
  • Snacks/lunchbox: We brought jerky, dry fruit, nuts, and energy bars. The top of the mountain offers you great places to enjoy your lunch. Just unwind and enjoy the view. You deserve it!
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Even if its cloudy, make sure you bring them as most of the trail is exposed.



Trail Summary

  • Observation Point is the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion.
  • It is 8 miles round trip.
  • The hike usually takes between 4 and 6 hours.
  • Trail starts at Weeping Rock.
  • Best season to hike is spring and fall.
  • Start early and avoid crowds.



Have you already hiked Observation Point Trail? Or are you planning to hike Observation Point? If so, I hope you find this article helpful and enjoy hiking the most rewarding trail Zion offers!

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Angels Landing Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Angels Landing Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Through this article you will learn things to know before doing Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park.

Angels Landing, located in Zion National Park, is one of the scariest yet most exciting trails in the United States. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement… but the view will be unforgettable!

It was our second day when we hiked Angels Landing. It was sunny, clear, and a perfect day to hike. We knew Angels Landing was a strenuous hike, but we didn’t know what to expect along the way. It was a surprise to experience how exciting and scary the trail was. We actually saw a lot of people who didn’t make it to the end of Angels Landing.

You are probably wondering whether you should hike Angels Landing if you are actually capable of such a strenuous hike… We totally understand you. My husband and I were intimidated by climbing up the hills, but trust us! The view was so worth it. We hope you will make it to the end, and this guide will give you everything you need to know before hiking Angels Landing.


Trail Details

Angels Landing Hike

Starting from Grotto Picnic Area, you will hike through West Rim Trail for about 2 miles. Although it is a steady and paved trail, you will go through quite a strenuous and steep uphill trail to enter the cool and shady depths of Refrigerator Canyon. Since this is the only shady area of the hike, it is a good place to cool off and catch your breath. Once you are done with a short hike of Refrigerator Canyon, you will encounter Walter’s Wiggles. Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 closely spaced switchbacks, will lead you to Scouts Lookout and a trail junction. Scout Lookout has an amazing view, so take a rest and snap some photos! Once you are ready, you can continue 0.5 mile to the summit of Angels Landing.


Where is Angels Landing trail?

Angels Landing is in Zion National Park, Utah. Zion National Park is Utah’s First National Park, and Angels Landing is the most popular trail in Zion National Park. We got a shuttle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, but almost everyone in the shuttle was heading to the same place. Yup, everyone was on the way to Angels Landing.


Directions to Trailhead

Since private vehicles are usually prohibited around Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the best way to access to Angels Landing is to get a shuttle! We took a shuttle from the National Park Visitor Center. You will get off at the Grotto (Stop 6). The trailhead is at the bridge across from the Grotto Picnic Area. You’ll have to walk through the bridge across the Virgin River to begin.

Note for winter season (DECEMBER – FEBRUARY):
The shuttles do not run in winter, so make sure you park at the Grotto parking lot.


What is the highlight of Angels Landing hike?

Angels Landing Hike

The highlight of the hike is definitely the VIEW!!! The final part of the hike (about 0.5 mile) is nothing but exciting! You will be climbing up the narrow spine of the canyon, which is nearly 6,000 feet. Although this final trail is challenging, lots of chains provide more security for hiking. Once you made it to the top, you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of Zion National Park. The experience and the feeling you get there are just something you will remember forever. It still gives me goose bumps thinking about the experience!


Is the Angels Landing hike open?

Angels Landing is open every season. However, do NOT hike if the trail is covered by snow or ice. You also want to avoid hiking if thunderstorms threaten. For more, check out the Current Conditions.


Is a Permit Required?

No, permit is not required to hike Angels Landing. However, it could change due to the popularity of the hike. Make sure you check the official National Park website. Currently permissions are required for only the Narrows (Top Down) and the Subway.


Best time to Hike Angels Landing?

Angels Landing Hike

The best time of year to hike Angels Landing is in spring and fall. Although summer months are the most popular season of the year, we personally want to avoid it because it gets crowded, and afternoons can get very hot. We went there in the beginning of September, and we had pleasant temperatures while hiking. We recommend you avoid winter season since it can get dangerous due to rain, snow, and ice on the trail. No matter which season you decide to go, make sure you check the weather forecast and the current conditions at the Visitor Center.


How long does it take to hike Angels Landing?

The trail will be about 5 miles round trip, and the hike usually takes between 4 and 6 hours. While walking the first 2 miles, it offers you an outstanding view of a rich collection of canyons, a shining river, and tall green landscapes. For the final 1/2 mile, the trail allows for unlimited views of Zion Canyon in both directions. Although this is where things get intimidating as the trail becomes narrow and steep, you will be rewarded with magnificent views.


How hard is Angels Landing hike?

Angels Landing Hike
Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 switchbacks

For the first two miles, it can be physically challenging since there are only few shady places and 21 very steep switchbacks. Whenever you are tired, make sure you stop and drink water! Bringing plenty of water is a must for Angels Landing. Once you accomplish the 21 switchbacks, you will be awarded with an amazing view at Scout Lookout.

After the Scout Lookout, it will be mentally challenging since you will be walking on the narrow spine of the cliff and sheer drop-offs. There are plenty of chains bolted into the cliff, and it will make you feel more secure. The last 0.5 mile hike can be quite intimidating, but the view will be so worth it!


Is Angels Landing hike safe?

Angels Landing Hike

Since 2004, eight people have fallen to their deaths on this hike, according to National Park Service. It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing. If you have a fear of heights, you should not hike Angels Landing. Maybe you could hike up to the Scout Lookout, which also has magnificent views. Also young children are not recommended for the hike. Take this hike seriously and be careful!


What to Bring on the Hike?

  • Water: Make sure you pack enough water! A hydration pack is recommended for hands-free water access.
  • Hiking Shoes: We recommend wearing hiking shoes rather than regular ones. Since you will be hiking through unstable path, which is only a couple feet wide, make sure you wear shoes you are comfortable with.
  • Daypack: Definitely recommended. We put water, snacks, camera, and basically everything we needed!
  • Snacks: We brought jerky, dry fruit, nuts, and energy bars. If you make it to the top of the canyon, it is the perfect place to unwind and have some snacks!
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: even if its cloudy, make sure you bring them as most of the trail is exposed.



Have you already done Angels Landing Hikes? Or are you planning to hike Angels Landing? If so, I hope you find this article helpful and enjoy hiking the exhilarating and amazing trail!



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Angels Landing Hike

Zion Narrows Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Zion Narrows Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Through this article you will learn everything you need to know for Zion Narrows Hike.

The trail “The Narrows” is located in Zion National Park, one of the most popular National Parks in the US. If you are planning to visit Zion National Park, the Narrows is a must! There are many amazing trails in Zion National Park, but the Narrows is probably my favorite adventure. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world.

What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is such a magical experience.

For those of you who don’t know what to expect when hiking the Narrows, here is everything you need to know!


Is Zion Narrows hike open?

Zion Narrows Hike

Although Zion National Park is open all year, the Zion – Narrows heavily depends on the weather conditions. According to National Park Service, Zion Narrows is closed when the water flow rate is over 150 cubic feet per second (CFS). There is a higher chance to be closed during the spring snowmelt. Since spring snowmelt is from mid-March to beginning of May, I recommend you check the Current Conditions. Besides the snowmelt, you need to be mindful for a Flash Flood Warning. Since Flash floods are always possible, you need to check the weather forecast before you decide to hike the Narrows.


Is permission required for Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike

No you do not need a permit to hike Zion Narrows. However, you can only hike as far as the Big Spring unless you have a permit. There are 2 routes to enjoy the Narrows: Bottom Up Hike from the Temple of Shinawava (NO permit required) or Top Down Hike from Chamberlain’s Ranch (Permit required). For casual hikers who want to see some of the most beautiful and narrowest parts of canyon, I would suggest Bottom Up Day Hike from the Temple of Shinawava. We hiked Bottom Up Route and saw some of the most amazing canyon views.


How long should I plan for Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike

You need to plan the entire day to hike the Narrows. We did Bottom Up hike to reach Big Spring, and it took us about 6 hours round-trip. You also have to consider the shuttle (40 minutes each way from the Visitor Center) and riverside walk to and from the beginning of the Narrows. We went to Zion Outfitter for gear rental in the morning, so we started hiking around 11am. At the end, we rushed our way back to catch the last bus. I would recommend leaving as early as possible, especially if you want to take time to enjoy the views, take photos, and stop for snacks or lunch.


How many miles to hike the Narrows in Zion?

Zion Narrows Hike

If you decide to hike as far as Big Spring, it will be an 8 mile round trip. Although you can hike as far as you want to go and turn back any time, you do NOT want to miss the narrowest part of the canyon called Wall Street. Here, you will encounter 1500-foot walls which are the result of millions of years of erosion. There is no formal destination, but you have to return the same way you came. If you want to hike Top Down Route, the journey will be 16 miles, which take an average of 12 hours. For more information, check out here.


Which season to visit Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike

Summer (MAY 15 – SEPTEMBER 15)

Summer is known to be the best time to hike the Narrows. Water levels tend to be low, and hiking along the river is a perfect reason to escape from the hot weather. Just be mindful for thunderstorm though. Make sure you check the weather forecast and flash flood warning before heading out.

Autumn (SEPTEMBER 15 – NOVEMBER 1)

Fall is another lovely season to visit the Narrows. The water levels are generally very low, so hiking in the river tends to be easier than other months. We visited the Narrows at the beginning of September, and it was beautiful. Just be mindful as the day becomes shorter. Also be prepared for the colder water.

Winter (NOVEMBER 1 – MARCH 15)

Some people say winter is a great time to visit the Narrows, mostly because it’s less crowded compared to other months. However, you need to be well prepared for the cold water. A drysuit may be required, depending on the temperatures. Also be mindful that the water level could rise rapidly if the sun is out and snow starts melting.

Spring (MARCH15 – MAY 15)

Spring is the least ideal season to visit the Narrows. If you can, you should probably avoid visiting the Narrows in spring. As I mentioned earlier, there is a higher chance the Narrows is closed due to spring snowmelt. Also the water tends to be very cold, and March and April are the rainiest months in Utah.


What to bring on Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike


  • Water-proof Shoes: Water-friendly shoes are necessary for hiking the Narrows. Since water-proof footwear tends to be expensive, we decided to use rental ones from Zion Outfitters. They have a package including water-proof footwear and hiking poles. It is $24 per day.
  • Walking Stick: It is highly recommended since the bottom of the river tends to be slippery and uneven. My husband and I found it very useful while hiking the Narrows. It also helps when testing the depth of the water in some areas. Again, you can rent the stick at Zion Outfitters.
  • Backpack: Some people want to bring water-proof backpack, but we brought just the regular ones. We went there in September, and the water was no more than waste high mostly. Of course there is a chance that you fall, so be mindful of what you want to pack. There is a rental water-proof backpack at Zion Outfitters.
  • Packed Lunch and Snacks: Since it will be a day hike, you want to pack a lunch for your hike. We brought a sandwich and an apple for lunch. We also brought jerky, dried fruit, and nuts.
  • Water: Make sure you bring enough water especially if you hike during summer!



How difficult is the Narrows hike at Zion?

Zion Narrows Hike

I would say the Narrows was relatively easy compared to the other trails in Zion, especially Angels Landing and Observation Point. However, you should be well prepared, and be mindful of the weather as the water levels can frequently change. If you have kids it might be difficult to hike as far as Big Spring and to keep them safe the entire time.



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Fun things to do in South Florida

Fun things to do in South Florida

My ultimate guide for you to find fun things to do in South Florida.

Southern Florida is the perfect destination for you to ralax and escape from the cold climate. Besides relaxing at the beach, there are many fun things to do in South Florida. South Florida is a home to the incredible natures and natural habitat, and there are many state parks and national parks. There area many fun things to do no matter what ages and interests you have. Here are some things I’d recommend doing, along with places to eat and stay.


Things to Do

Wynwood Walls

The walls and doors are soaked with bright, eclectic street art and graffiti. This is not just simple graffiti, but an outdoor art museum to be enjoyed for free. It is just 20 minutes away from South Beach. Whether you love Graffiti or not, I guarantee that you will be impressed and inspired upon visiting – the raw talent exhibited here is impressive and refreshing. This place also offers plenty of restaurants, shops, stores, and even night clubs. It’s a perfect place to have fun in South Florida! If you want to check out more contemporary arts, there is a museum called Pérez Art Museum Miami, 10 minutes away from Wynwood Walls. The admission is $16 for adults and $12 for youths.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Wynwood Walls

2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127


Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is located South West of Miami, and it is well known for the largest subtropical ecosystem in the United States. It is also famous for a bunch of wild alligators. It was my first time to ever see wild alligators, so I was very excited. If you visit Everglades, I strongly recommend you take airboat guided tours. The scenery was astonishing, and our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plants. We learned so much about Everglades ecosystem and habitats which are connected by wetlands and water bodies.We saw 2 alligators and even 3 wild raccoons! Some of the boat take you close to alligators, while others focus more on explaining the natural beauty of the environment. No matter what you want to see, you will have an experience of a lifetime. The ride was smooth but exhilarating.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours

905 Dupont St, Everglades City, FL 34139

(239) 695-4675


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located in Key Largo. It is the first undersea park in the United States, and most visors enjoy the beautiful coral reefs and their marine life. There are many unique activities to do, such as glass-bottom boat trip, snorkeling tours, scuba diving, kayaks, and a small beach to relax. It is recommended to do glass-bottom boat trip.

Fun things to do in South Florida

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Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the US national park, which is protecting the northernmost Key West, mangrove shorelines, and living coral reefs. At Biscayne National Park, you will encounter diverse and colorful aquatic life, including sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, and more than 500 species of fish. You can snorkel and watch wildlife, but you can also simply relax ash the beach. During November and April, you have a chance to even a manatee. It is definitely a fun place to explore in South Florida.

Fun things to do in South Florida

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What to Eat

Mignonette

I introduced Wynwood Walls earlier for their vibrant murals, but there’s also a great seafood restaurant nearby.  The name is Mignonette Miami. Reservations are suggested as this place is busy. It had high reviews on Yelp, so our expectations were high, but it didn’t disappoint us!

For appetizers,  I recommend trying a sampler plate of the oysters, so you can get tastes of the different selections from West coast to East coast. Each oyster was fresh and excellent. We also tried their clam chowder and Lobster Deviled Eggs, and my highlight was definitely the chowder! It was probably the best chowder I ever had. For entrees, each one of us got the lobster roll and it was absolutely delicious. Their portion of lobster was very generous, and the crusty bread was delightful. For dessert, I strongly recommend you try their bread pudding! It was a butterscotch bread pudding with cayenne whipped cream, and the flavors were to die for.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Mignonette Miami

210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132

(305) 374-4635


A La Folie Café

A La Folie Cafe – This place was such a gem! I loved everything about it – I felt like I was in Paris. The interior was lovely and comfortable (there was even a cute kitty!), and their crape was phenomenal. I had a crape called NORMANDE – caramelized apples with a Calvados cream sauce. It was not too sweet and the flavor was absolutely delightful. Their cappuccino was perfectly presented as well.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

A La Folie Café

516 Espanola Way Miami Beach, FL 33139

(786) 485-1393


Where to Stay

North Miami is a popular place to stay in Miami, but it is usually very crowded, loud, and expensive. If you are looking for hotels to relax in front of a beautiful beach, I recommend you stay at Grand Beach Hotel Surfside – located in the vibrant town of Surfside, Florida. The hotel is right in front of the ocean, so all you have to do is walk out the back door and you will be amazed by their beautiful private beach. The hotel provides chairs, umbrellas, and towels.

The room was very spacious, clean, and decorated in all white. The big balcony was a big plus, and the ocean view from the balcony was breathtaking. We also loved the super comfortable king bed. Besides the room, our favorite part of the hotel was their adult-only rooftop pool. Spectacular views, and you can have nice cocktails with great service. It’s definitely a perfect spot for romantic evening.

Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida
Fun things to do in South Florida

Grand Beach Hotel Surfside

9449 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

(305) 534-8666


I hope this helped you to find fun things to do in South Florida. Hope you will visit there soon, I am sure you will have a lovely and satisfying experience 🙂

XOXO,

❤︎❤︎Yoki❤︎❤︎