WATCHMAN TRAIL

LOCATION: Southwestern Utah
TRIP STARTS: Floor Of The Valley Road
TRIP ENDS: Floor Of The Valley Road
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2.7 Miles
HIKE TYPE: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAIL USED: Watchman Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Light
TRIP TYPE: Day Hike
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Zion National Park
Springdale, UT 84767-1099
(435) 772-3256

HIGHLIGHTS: Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern corner of Utah near the Town of Springdale. The main feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is a 15 mile long and half a mile deep canyon that is the launch point for many trails in the park.  The Floor Of The Valley Road follows the Virgin River through Zion Canyon, and the Watchman Trail starts at the Visitor’s Center once you enter the park from the South.

This hike on the Watchman Trail parallels the emerald colored Virgin River briefly, then makes a gradual 368′ ascent to a cliff.  From here, there are views to Springdale, the Towers Of The Virgin, and the lower portion of Zion Canyon. There is also a small lollipop loop at the end of the trail that offers views in all directions and back to the visitor’s center where you started. This hike is easier than the Hidden Canyon and Angel’s Landing hikes and can be used as a warm up for either or by those that don’t like heights.

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