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Trans-Zion Trek

Zion National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • The trek begins on the La Verkin Creek Trail near Kolob Canyon.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • First campsite on the La Verkin Creek Trail.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Zion views from the La Verkin Creek Trail.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The Trans-Zion Trek in Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Take advantage of your water sources, as there aren't many along the way.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Creeks and streams are a most welcome site on this exposed trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Prickly pear.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • A western fence lizard poses for the camera.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Day three along the Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The Hop Valley Trail includes a few miles of grazing land.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The Hop Valley Trail includes a few miles of grazing land.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Finding some relief from the mid-day sun on the Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Indian paintbrush lights up the foreground on the Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Black-eyed Susan on the Trans-Zion Trail.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Wildfires on the next pass.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The eerie glow from a nearby wildfire.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The dawning of day four on the Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Trans-Zion Trek, Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • An overlook along the Trans-Zion Trek. The Subway formation is below.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Trans-Zion Trek, Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Finding a campsite sheltered beneath a tree.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The latter portion of the trek uses the West Rim Trail.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Day five of the Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Trans-Zion Trek, Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Trans-Zion Trek, Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Trans-Zion Trek
  • The final day on the Trans-Zion Trek, West Rim Trail.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Long downhill on Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Angels Landing, Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • View of the valley in Zion National Park.- Trans-Zion Trek
  • Final downhill of the Trans-Zion Trek.- Trans-Zion Trek
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views. Unique geology. Solitude. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Little water. Dusty.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,152.00 ft (960.73 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
35.00 mi (56.33 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,089.00 ft (1,855.93 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With four different climate zones and an huge diversity of plants and animals in its 229-square-mile area, Zion National Park is one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the United States. Zion was first settled by Native Americans 8,000 years ago, and more recently by the Mormons in 1858. Originally named the Mukuntuweap National Monument, Zion was designated a National Park in 1909.

This 35-mile one-way trek starts in the northwestern corner of the park and ends in the main valley. You will begin your adventure off Kolob Canyon Road. The first day is only a few miles long and follows a gentle downhill into a wide canyon. The second day will be the only section with a constant, reliable water source, so enjoy it while you can. Day three is a long stretch, and much of the 12-mile section meanders through a canyon filled with cows. You may need to follow offshoot stream beds to find uncontaminated water here. Once you climb out of the canyon, you will find yourself surrounded by vistas. Continue for another few miles to reach Northgate Peaks.

Day four is another long day of hiking along a ridge with incredible views. There are two natural springs along your route, and depending on the season, it may take 15 minutes or more to fill a water bottle. Regardless, take advantage of every opportunity for water. The next campsite is a good choice for a rest day, as there are many spots and vistas to explore. Day six continues along the ridge for another 5 miles. On the final day, you will begin with a long descent to the main Zion Valley, passing Angels Landing along the way. If you don't have a fear of heights, spend an hour climbing to the top of Angels Landing for incredible views to finish off your trek. If you are looking to extend your trip for a few more days, you can continue up the other side of the valley toward the East Rim Trailhead.

Note that this route has very few water sources, and hikers should be prepared to carry at least four liters of water.

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