Coalpits Wash

Rockville, Utah 84763

Coalpits Wash

Coalpits Wash Professional Review and Guide

"Situated in the lowland desert area in the southwest corner of Zion National Park, Coalpits Wash makes a great winter hike. It is teeming with wildlife, including eagles in the lowland cliffs, falcons in the canyons, and coyote and cougar. Although cold in December through February, it is not uncommon for daytime temperatures to reach the 50°F mark in these winter months, making hiking pleasant.

The trail starts at the National Park Service fence, which forms the northern boundary of the parking area. There is a hiker’s gate through the fence. The trail parallels the wash through lowland sagebrush flats with scattered cottonwood trees lining the wash for about a mile, then turns east (right) along the base of the mesa for 0.75 mile. To the east you have good views of the cliffs and spires of the West Temple and Towers of the Virgin."

More Coalpits Wash Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

Coalpits Wash Reviews

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I love this trail. After the cramped and crowded trails in the Zion canyon, we finally got to go exploring somewhere where we weren't rubbing shoulders with 3/4 of the population of the southwest...and the southeast, and the northwest and the northeast, and the other 4 corners of the earth. Of course, there's a reason people flock to Zion from all over, but...I just need a little more space. Next time, maybe shouldn't go during spring break. But this place, Coalpit wash, no one seems to know about. The views aren't quite so spectacular, but this is a beautiful red, sandy wash, with willows and cottonwoods blowing in the breeze, and a babbling brook. The boys went swimming and we kicked back and did a little birding. And tracks, I've never seen anything like this anywhere. There's a network of tracks, all shapes and sizes, leading to and fro every which way. This is a great place to just linger and let the day slip by.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,115 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 to 9 hours
October through March
Zion National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Springdale West; Trails Illustrated Zion National Park
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018