This aptly named perch stands atop a 1,500-foot sheer-walled monolith in Zion Canyon. Getting here takes a lot of effort, but the panorama makes it worthwhile. The last part of the climb has steep and exposed areas—not recommended for those with a fear of heights—but chains provide a secure hand grip where needed. You'll want to avoid a visit when thunderstorms threaten or the upper trail is covered in ice or snow. This adventure starts at The Grotto shuttle stop and picnic area along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The five-mile round-trip ascends a stiff 1,488 feet and takes about four hours.

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Expert Review of Angels Landing

Active and Adventure Review of Angels Landing

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • In summer, it's worth getting a very early start to beat the heat on this and other climbs in Zion.
  • Children need to be closely supervised on the exposed sections.
  • Walter's Wiggles (a series of 21 closely spaced switchbacks) lead up to Scout Lookout and views of Zion Canyon at the two-mile mark. This is a good turn-around point if you're looking for a less strenuous hike; elevation gain is 1,050 feet. Turn right here for Angels Landing or left for the West Rim Trail, which continues to West Rim Viewpoint and all the way to Lava Point.

Zion Canyon
Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah 84767
Parking: Always open, weather permitting
Price: Park entry is $25 per car; $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-772-3256
Fax: 435-772-3426
Transportation: Shuttle (except winter), car (winter only), bicycle
Neighborhood: Zion Canyon
Price Information: Park entry is $25 per car; $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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