Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks  by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin

Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks Guide Book

by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks  by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
Now completely updated and revised, and including full-color photos throughout, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks features the finest trails in southwestern Utah--from day hikes to backcountry treks. With this comprehensive guide, veteran hikers Erik Molvar and Tamara Martin provide all the information you need about two of Utah's most prized parks-as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Markagunt Plateau, and the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

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Trails from the "Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

A trail connecting Ponderosa Point with the Under the Rim Trail. From the trailhead sign, this connecting path climbs northwest up a small hill into a forest of fir and pine. The trail runs in a northerly direction for about 0.5 mile, emerging into a shallow valley draw. It then begins a gradual northeasterly descent through stands of fir trees. Bryce Canyon National Paryce Canyon National Park very year, visitors are awed by the spectacular geological formations and brilliant colors of Bryce Canyon National Park. The towering hoodoos, spires, and natural bridges seem to deny all reason or explanation, leaving hikers gazing skyward with jaws agape in wondrous incredulity.
Bryce, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8 miles
A short loop trail through wooded country atop the Markagunt Plateau. This trail forms a loop through the subalpine forest above the east rim of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater. It is a self-guiding nature walk, with pamphlets provided at either trailhead. We describe the trek as a 2.1-mile loop from the Chessman Overlook, but hikers can also approach the loop from the Alpine Pond Trailhead at its north end or choose between several shorter point-to-point hikes.
Brian Head, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
This trail provides a spectacular day trip for well-conditioned hikers who have no fear of heights. It receives heavy use, so chances for solitude are slim. Beyond Scout Lookout, the trail becomes an uneven route across sheer cliffs, with chains bolted into the rock face to serve as handrails. This part of the route can be extremely slippery and dangerous when wet or icy and should be avoided unless dry conditions can be depended upon. It is not a good place to take young children in any weather.
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
A short loop trail above the rim at Rainbow Point. This short loop stays entirely above the canyon rim as it traverses a subalpine fir forest. The trail is named after the bristlecone pine, which is found more frequently along this trail than along other trails in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bristlecone pine can be identified by the foxtail tufts of needles growing at the tips of its limbs.
Kanab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
These trails off er day trips to two lofty viewpoints on the upper rim of Zion Canyon. Both overlooks can be visited in a long day trip of 10.4 miles. Cable and Deertrap Mountains can also be reached by means of longer and more strenuous routes via the East Rim Trail from the East Entrance or by combining the Observation Point Trail with the northern end of the East Rim Trail.
Mount Carmel, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
A long, out-and-back day trip along a wilderness route up Camp Creek. This little-known canyon in the northwestern corner of the park is one of Zion’s forgotten treasures. It penetrates the far northwestern corner of the park, offering access to a spectacular hidden canyon.
New Harmony, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
This short but scenic trail runs to a high overlook immediately above the Great Arch, commanding vistas of the lower reaches of Zion Canyon. Interpretive brochures found at the trailhead explain the plants, animals, and geological features found along the route.
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1 mile
A backpack route that begins at Crystal Spring in Dixie National Forest and ends in Cedar Breaks National Monument with several trail options. The portion of the hike that falls within the national monument is a Research Natural Area and is closed to camping. This area escaped the heavy grazing pressure that damaged most other plant communities on the Markagunt, and it contains species that are found nowhere else in the area.
Cedar City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.9
A traverse through the low desert of southwestern Zion ending at Coalpits Wash. From the parking area on Anasazi Way, follow the trail to the park boundary. Follow the path northwest as it smooths out into a wide, sandy trail. It’s easy hiking here, through pleasant, open scrubland. This portion of the trail offers clear and consistent views of Mount Kinesava and the Three Marys ahead to the north. A backward glance reveals the magnificent spires known as the Eagle Crags.
Rockville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.1
A route through Zion's southwest section ending in Upper Coalpits Wash. This route takes the hiker through some of the delicate painted-desert terrain located in the southwest section of Zion National Park. This portion of the park was formed during the Triassic Period, 200 to 230 million years ago. During that time the region was a low-lying plain covered by shallow seas. Early in the Triassic Period, marine and mud deposits consisting of gypsum, limestone, shale, and siltstone were laid down. Today these form the Moenkopi Formation, characterized by the pastel bands of orange and white that form the painted desert. A fire burned through this area in 2006, eliminating much of the piñon-juniper scrub across 17,632 acres and favoring the growth of grasses.
Rockville, UT - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A day-hiking loop onto the ridges overlooking the dynamic Coral Pink Sand Dunes, returning through the dunefields themselves. More than half of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes are administered by the State of Utah as a state park. A state park campground and fee area are located in the southern section of the dunes. The dunes are used frequently by off-road vehicles. Hikers are also welcome but should exercise caution with this in mind.
Mount Carmel, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
A short, hot hike from Crater Hill to Coalpits Spring. From the parking area, this path heads southeast between a small knoll to the north and Crater Hill to the south. Follow the trail on a southeast bearing through open scrubland to reach the wash, northeast of Crater Hill.
Rockville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
This challenging wilderness route follows the rugged valley of Deep Creek into a newly designated wilderness, through montane forest, across arid scrubland, and into a narrow slot canyon as it joins the North Fork of the Virgin River. Most of the land along the route is private, state, or Bureau of Land Management–owned, although the final stretch lies within Zion National Park. Zion National Park is currently not issuing the required permit for camping in the park from Deep Creek. Travelers who wish to take a day trip into Zion from the north must carry a day-use permit and must exit the park the same day.
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 28.4
An out-and-back day hike along jeep trails. Dianas Throne is a majestic tower of white Navajo sandstone that rises at the southhern tip of the Elkheart Cliffs. This often sandy hike follows jeep trails that remain open to vehicle travel, so you may encounter motorized users along the route. The hike begins with a sandy uphill through piñons and junipers, bearing for the western face of Dianas Throne. After a short climb you will meet a powerline; turn left onto jeep trail 106L. Follow this route up a gentle grade to a saddle, then turn right onto 106Q, which you will follow for the remainder of the hike.
Mount Carmel, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
This is a moderately strenuous hike into the Mount Canaan Wilderness with both gradual and steep changes in elevation. The trail surface is uneven and rocky in most areas, with the exception of some areas east and south of the crags, which are predominantly sand. The trail itself travels across land managed by the Bureau of Land Management to reach the foot of Eagle Crags, a series of knifelike pinnacles rising from a lone butte. It then climbs a series of switchbacks to provide closer views of the towering spires.
Rockville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
A day hike offering access to Observation Point. This trail provides a shorter and easier route to Observation Point and, in contrast to the paved trail from Weeping Rock, is open to horses.
Springdale, UT - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3
A day hike or short backpack from Zion’s East Entrance over a high plateau to intersect the Observation Point Trail. Hikers can complete the East Rim Trail in a long day, or undertake it as a backpack with an overnight stay atop the plateau or in the upper reaches of Echo Canyon. The trail starts in the arid slickrock country near the East Entrance and then climbs atop a wooded plateau for some excellent views before wandering away from the rim. Spectacular scenery accompanies the trail during its descent through Echo Canyon.
Orderville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
There are three Emerald Pools—Upper, Middle, and Lower—and visitors may choose from as many trails: a short, 1.2-mile round-trip loop to the Lower Pool; a 1.9-mile round-trip visit to the Middle and Lower Pools; or a 2.5-mile round-trip hike to all three. The paths to the Lower and Middle Pools are wide sidewalks and easily traveled. The Lower Pool is accessible to people in wheelchairs if they have assistance. The optional trail from the Middle Pool to the Upper Pool is more difficult. This path is no longer maintained and is classified by the National Park Service as strenuous, with its uneven sand and rock surface and moderate to strenuous grade.
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
A day loop through Fairyland Canyon. An enjoyable day hike, this route loops through the Fairyland amphitheater just north of Bryce Canyon. The trail can be accessed easily from a trailhead at Fairyland Point or from Sunrise Point via a short jaunt north along the Rim Trail. Since the access road to Fairyland Point is located between the park entrance and the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, first-time visitors often drive by, missing Fairyland Point and the Fairyland Loop.
Bryce, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
A backpack from Kolob Reservoir Road through the Hop Valley to La Verkin Creek. This trail begins in the sage flat atop the Kolob Terrace and then descends through the narrow dale of the Hop Valley before dropping to the banks of La Verkin Creek. The trail is hot and dusty in the summer, with lots of deep sand along the upper portions of the route that will make gaiters a welcome complement to your footwear.
Virgin, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.7