Zion National Park Trails

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Zion East Rim Trail

The East Rim Trail of Zion National Park is a popular and well maintained path for hikers. It is about 16.5 miles long and takes a significant chunk of two days to traverse. When spending the night, the Stave Spring trail junction is a great place to camp over night.

Hikers will climb nearly 1,200 feet before they descend 2,560 feet during the route between the trailhead and the Weeping Rock Trailhead in Zion Canyon. For the best experience hike the East Rim between early spring and mid-fall. The country typically has snow between November and May, but during the spring and summer temperatures are warm and not extreme.

Most of the trail follows an old wagon road. Before the federal government established Zion National Park, the area was used by ranchers and farmers who lived here. However, this old road takes hikers to many beautiful scenes in the backcountry. Some of the area's more remarkable sites are: Cave Canyon, Cable Mountain -- where a logging company once operated, Deertrap Mountain, and Echo Canyon.

While this is a popular path, it is not as crowded as Zion Canyon that attracts millions of visitors each year. Thus, hiking the East Rim is a way that people can better enjoy the Zion National Park region while avoiding crowds.

For more information contact the Zion National Park staff at (435)772-3256. They'll provide up to date information about the backcountry concerning current seasonal and weather information.

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