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Canyon Overlook Trail


Location of sign - Zion National park - Highway 9 near the tunnel


Photo taken- July 2008


Canyon Overlook Trail Sign at Zion National Park


Text of sign:


Canyon Overlook Trail


The trail crosses slickrock slabs of the high desert, a scene of pinyon pine and juniper, prickly pear, and yucca.  Here the only 

plants and animals that thrive, like lizards and bighorn sheep, have adapted to hot and dry.


The hike is also an exercise in scale.  There are hints of canyon-carving along the way, but nothing prepares you for the vast space

that falls away at your feet at the overlook.  At the overlook, a thousand feet above the Zion Canyon floor, you can see patterns

that were not evident before: the greener world along the river and the sheer volume of canyon the streams have excavated.


The overlook at the end of the trail looks across at a panorama of classic Zion cliffs and sandstone towers.  

Distance (round trip)        1.0 mile


Ascent                            163 feet


Level of difficulty             Moderate


Warning: This rocky, uneven trail is not for anyone fearful of heights, although most dropoffs are fenced. 

Graphics on the Sign


In addition to the text there is a large photo of the canyon overlook and an inset map and photo of a desert bighorn sheep.


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