Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion
Angels Landing is one of the most famous hikes in the world and it is Zion National Park’s pride and joy. The towering monolith of Angel’s Landing is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of the Southwest. The Hiking trail to Angel’s Landing runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides and is sure to get your blood flowing.
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation: Gain 1488 ft
Time: 5 hours
Trail Condition: good/scetchy
Dog Friendly: No
Park Fee: $15/vehicle – $12/person
(subject to change)
HOW TO GET THERE:
From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion’s east entrance.
From Arizona: Travel US-89A through Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab Utah. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to the east park entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Once in the park: From the Grotto Picnic area, cross the Zion Canyon Road. Head toward the footbridge that passes over the North Fork of the Virgin River. On the other side of the bridge, take the north (right) fork to the West Rim Trail.
CAMPING INFO Park has three campgrounds. South and Watchman Campgrounds are in Zion Canyon. From mid-March through November the campgrounds are full almost every night.
Reservations at watchman campground are recommended if you would like to guarantee a camping spot. If you are unable to make a reservation, the earlier in the day you arrive, the better your chance of getting a campsite.
There are 117 campsites in the south campground (including three wheelchair accessible) available first-come, first-serve. Campsites are $20 per night for individual campsites and $50 for group sites
As of 2017 there are no Hostels in the area.
GO EARLY: In the summertime, the park temperatures can exceed 100°F/38°C. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the trip and plan a picknick for when you reach the top. The earlier you get on the trail the better, the crowds will be in full swing by 9 or 10 a.m.
BRING HIKING SHOES: A sturdy pair of shoes with good grip is recommend to hike the trail. Good shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent slipping. The narrow and arduous trail drops 1200′ on one side and 800′ on the other. At least 6 people have fell to their deaths while hiking the trail so be careful.
Starting the trail – Angel’s Landing in the background
Magnificent views from the trail
REACH THE TOP: The views from the top of Angel’s Landing are nothing short of amazing. Make sure you stop for a while and just take it all in before starting your trek back.
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