Eagle Crags Zion National Park

Rockville, Utah

Eagle Crags Zion National Park

Eagle Crags (Zion National Park) Professional Guide

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"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."

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In winter, this is a great trail. For one thing, the road to get to it will probably be dry (or frozen) in winter. If wet, you'd definitely need a 4-wheel drive. Plus, there's not a whole lot of shade along this trail, so it makes for a great winter hike when the air is cold.

When we arrived at the trailhead, the sign designating it as such was down, so we had to guess that we were in the right spot - but the description from was very accurate, and as it turned out, we were at the right spot.

The trail meanders through pinon pines and scrub oak on top of the plateau, with spectacular views of Zion Canyon unfolding as you walk. There were moments when we experienced sound depravation - no wind, no insects, no planes, no cars, and no people. It was almost spiritual. Very amazing in the twenty-first century.

Upon getting to the base of the Crags, the view looking north to Zion Canyon is breathtaking. Particularly in the low winter sunlight. The colors and shadows were so vivid. The Crags themselves are fascinating and fun to explore and poke around. After years of seeing them in the distance from Zion, it was wonderful to finally see the Eagle Crags close up and look back at the majesty of Zion.

The trail itself is not particularly difficult, and it is well marked. And we didn't see another human our entire hike, which for us made this hike the best.


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Best Dog Hikes Utah (Falcon Guides)
Nicole Tomlin
"Eagle Crags is an easy- to- follow hike just outside Zion National Park. As US national parks do not allow dogs, this hike will provide you and your pup a wonderful glimpse, from the vantage point of a nested eagle, into the mysteries of Zion Canyon and the surrounding landscape. This hike, as you climb to the crag, will reward you and your pup with spectacular panoramic views. You will catch glimpses of Mount Kinesava, which was named after a moody and unpredictable god, guarding the entrance to Zion National Park, and Parunuweap Canyon, popular for canyoneering, commanding the scene from the east. Johnson Mountain peeks in from the north, and the Virgin River glimmers as it snakes along the bottom."
Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Dayna Stern
"Dogs are denied access to the wonders of Zion National Park. Eagle Crags, Water Canyon, Kanarra Creek, and Spring Creek allow your dog to experience Zion without entering the park. Eagle Crags offers an eagle’s-eye view of the southern reaches of the park. From a shady and pleasant stroll through the pines and junipers, you and your dog can appreciate the park together."
Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin
"An out-and-back climb to the foot of Eagle Crags in the Vermilion Cliffs."

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
March-May, September-November
Bureau of Land Management, Kanab Field Office
Local Contacts