One of the longest trails in the park, West Rim Trail climbs out of Zion Canyon from the Grotto shuttle stop/picnic area and crosses Horse Pasture Plateau to Lava Point Trailhead in 13.3 miles. Connecting trails continue all the way to the Kolob Canyons. Strong hikers who have arranged a car shuttle could hike the trail in one long day—most easily from Lava Point Trailhead—though an overnight stay at one of the backcountry campsites will allow time for exploration and side trips along the way. The park's Backcountry Planner, available on the Web site, has a lot of useful information, including permit details and a map with trails and camping areas. Temperatures tend to be 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the high country, where snow covers the trail December to April. Late spring and autumn offer the best hiking conditions.

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Expert Review of West Rim Trail

Active and Adventure Review of West Rim Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Trekking and Backpacking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Angels Landing is a one-mile roundtrip from the trail junction at Scout Lookout, two miles above the Grotto.
  • The trail drops 3,560 feet between Lava Point Trailhead and the Grotto, so this is the preferred hiking direction.
  • Lava Point Road is unpaved and impassable when wet, and winter snow blocks access. Also, vehicles longer than 19 feet are not allowed.

Zion Canyon to Lava Point
Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah 84767
Price: Park entry is $25 per car or $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 to Lava Point
Price Information: Park entry is $25 per car or $12 pedestrian/cyclist for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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