Each year, scores of visitors flock to the St. George area and quickly learn why Zion National Park is one of the most majestic sights in the country. It’s a haven for outdoor adventurers, and you can enjoy a wealth of activities there. Zion National Park also provides a setting that takes hiking to new levels, regardless of how much experience you have. Those who are well seasoned hikers looking for a challenge and incredible scenery should look into taking a trek through Hidden Canyon.
This area of Zion National Park was discovered by accident during a mission to rescue a fallen climber in 1927. Hidden Canyon Trail was made available to visitors in 1928, and it has been a favorite of veteran hikers ever since. The nearly three mile round trip hike through Hidden Canyon isn’t a breeze, but the feeling of taking on this trail is well worth it. It’s steep, most of the trail is in full sun, and there are plenty of slippery areas that will keep you on your toes. The total time it takes most hikers to complete a hike through the hanging canyon is three to five hours, depending upon how far they go.
The freestanding arch in the canyon is where most visitors stop, and this is best if you feel tired, aren’t touring the area with a guide, or if you’re not used to navigating your way around trails. Going further promises some amazing views, but it will be a tougher climb and is best for technical scramblers who are confident hikers. Be careful not to push yourself too far if you become uncomfortable, as there’s plenty of natural beauty and wonder to be seen without going past the established trail.
Hidden Canyon trail is well maintained and there are restroom facilities at the trailhead. You won’t need a permit to visit Hidden Canyon and it’s open year round. Be sure to bring along a hat and plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin from the trail’s full sun, along with enough water to keep yourself hydrated. If you’re taking on this 1,000 foot ascent through the canyon’s slippery sandstone, wearing hiking shoes or boots with a great grip is a must. For an incredible time outdoors and to test your hiking skills, few places in Zion National Park beat Hidden Canyon.