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Zion National Park is great to drive through. There are tons of pull offs with short, easy hikes for the whole family. We’re not hardcore hikers, and our fitness level is average, but we’re slowly getting our feet wet with backpacking. We love that Zion is also a great place to find longer strenuous hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, and is home to iconic hikes like the Zion Narrows, the Subway, and Angels Landing!

In case you’re not sure what you should do during your trip there, we’ve listed the best of Zion National Park hikes from easy to difficult.


15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park.
15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park.


1. Canyon Overlook Trail

Distance: 1 Mile
Time: < 1 Hour

This trail leads you to one of the best photography spots in the park! The trailhead is near the East entrance just before the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. After a short hike up from the street, you go through a large natural cave, and are rewarded with an extraordinary view of Zion Canyon below.

Canyon Overlook Trail (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park Utah).

2. Emerald Pools Trail

Distance: 1.2-3 Miles
Time: 1-3 Hours

This collection of trails gives you a few different options, all with spectacular views of greenery, Pools, and waterfalls. The Lower and Middles Pools can be reached from the same trailhead, while the Upper Pool has a different starting point. This trail also allows you to walk under a waterfall.

Emerald Pools Trail (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).

3. Riverside Walk

Distance: 2 Miles
Time: 1-2 Hours

Also known as the Gateway to the Narrows, this is a paved path that takes you from the Temple of Sinawava to the Virgin River. You can then enjoy the entrance of the Narrows and even wade around in the river before making your way back.

Riverside Walk (15 Best Zion National Park Hikes).

4. Watchman Trail

Distance: 3 Miles
Time: 1-3 Hours

This trail is often overlooked by visitors but offers an amazing view of the valley. Although it doesn’t actually climb the heights of the Watchman itself, it’s a great introduction to the beauty of the park.

Watchman Trail (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park Utah).
Photo: Andrew Mace / creative commons

5. Weeping Rock

Distance: 0.4 Miles
Time: < 1 Hour

This short stroll takes you to the popular wall home to trickling streams of water and hanging gardens of fern and moss. It’s not our favorite “hike” in Zion, but it takes you to one of the most iconic parts of the park. The trail is narrow so is not recommended for wheelchairs or strollers.

Weeping Rock (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park Utah).


6. Angels Landing

Distance: 5 Miles
Time: 2-4 Hours

One of the iconic hikes in Zion National Park, Angels Landing is not for the faint of heart (or anyone with a fear of heights). There are even portions of the trail that offer chains to help steady yourself as you navigate the part with drop offs on both sides. The views at the top are truly stunning!

Angels Landing Hike (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).

7. Observation Point

Distance: 8 Miles
Time: 4-6 Hours

Observation Point is a Zion classic giving you glimpses of Echo Canyon and rewarding you with an amazing view of the park. This 8-mile round trip hike has a more than 2,100 feet elevation gain. The sharp ridge you see in the center is Angel’s Landing.

Observation Point (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).
Photo: Steve Dunleavy / creative commons

8. Kolob Arch

Distance: 14 Miles
Time: Full Day

Kolob Arch is the second longest arch in the world, although many still argue that it’s larger than Landscape Arch. You can reach the arch from Kolob Canyons Road at Lee Pass or at the Hop Valley Trailhead, but both are 7-mile treks.

Kolob Arch (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).
Photo: Zion National Park / creative commons

9. The Subway (Bottom-Up)

Distance: 4 Miles
Time: Half Day

The subway is a gorge that looks like a subway tunnel. Although the bottom-up hike doesn’t require any rappels or swims, you do still hike in water and need a permit for the hike. For hikers who are more technical, the Top to Bottom hike is spectacular as well!

The Subway (15 Best Zion Hikes).
Photo: Robert Shea / creative commons

10. Zion Narrows (Bottom-Up)

Distance: 3-8 Miles
Time: 2-6 Hours

This hike is perfect for a hot summer day. You can go as far up the river as you want before you turn around, but try to make it up to the most iconic portion called Wall Street. The brochure says this one is careful and moderate, but in our opinion, sometimes it’s easier to climb stairs for hours than tread through water for hours. You can see our 2-day backpacking guide here.

Zion Narrows Hike (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).


11. The Barracks

Distance: 20 Miles
Time: 2-3 Days

The Virgin River has two main forks. The North Fork is most frequented because of The Narrows, but the East Fork offers equally beautiful canyons in much more solitude. There are also tons of side canyons to explore as you hike through the Parunaweap Canyon. The majority of this hike actually lies outside of Zion in its neighboring BLM.

The Barracks Hike (15 Best Zion Hiking Trails).
Photo: Rasheed Siddiqui / creative commons

12. La Verkin Creek Trail

Distance: 11 Miles
Time: 2 Days

Most people use this trail to visit Kolob Arch, but take time to soak in all the beauty and make it an overnight trip. The campsites along the trail are truly wonderful and tack on an additional 5 miles round trip hike to Beartrap Canyon falls.

La Verkin Creek Trail (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).
Photo: Tim Brown / creative commons

13. The Trans-Zion Trek

Distance: 48 Miles
Time: 3-5 Days

This hike takes you through several trails in the park bringing you from one corner of Zion to the other. You will need to be sure to get all the appropriate permits, but you it’s well worth it as you will see portions of the park that most people don’t get a chance to experience.

The Trans-Zion Trek (Best Hiking in Zion National Park Utah).

14. West Rim Trail

Distance: 16-18 Miles
Time: 2 Days

Starting off at Lava Point, this trail has some of the best views you can find, including canyons, springs, trees, and flowers. And you can add on a side trip to Angels Landing too!

West Rim Trail (15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park).

15. Zion Narrows (Top-Down)

Distance: 16 Miles
Time: 2 Days

Although you technically can do the hike all in a day, taking time to camp halfway through is truly spectacular. The hike requires a permit and you are in water for a large portion of the hike. Check out our guide to this hike for more details.

The Narrows Hike (15 Best Zion National Park Hikes).

What type of hikes do you typically like to do?
Which of the hikes above have you done or would you like to do?

xoxo estherJacob

We’re always on the go and looking for ways to make our lifestyle more compact and mobile, so when Lenovo reached out to us to check out the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro, we were so excited to test it out! It’s pretty awesome how blogging has allowed us to explore so many different products and services so that we can really find what’s the best fit for our lifestyle.

We’ve only been using it for a few weeks now, but really love the design and functionality of this tablet. Since we have our phones and laptop, we use the tablet for very specific activities around the house. We use it to pull up recipes when cooking and posting new recipes to Instagram, to browse social media in bed, and quick online tasks when we don’t want to power up the computer.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review.

Jacob and I have especially been loving the feature where you can project videos and movies. So far we’ve been projecting them onto our ceiling so that we can lay flat in bed and binge watch our favorite shows, but we also can’t wait to have outdoor movie nights with our friends.

One of our favorite things about the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is the flexibility on how to use it. You can hold it like a regular tablet or flip out the built-in stand to prop it up. If you use your tablet in the kitchen then you know much of a pain it can be to use up counter space while you’re cooking. The stand actually has a hook on it so that you can hang it up!

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review.

Now that we’re looking to move again, we’re trying to minimize the amount of stuff we have. We use our TV quite a bit, but it’s something we hope to get rid of, so that we won’t have as many large items to move. This tablet just might be the perfect solution for us. The built-in projector is easy to use and projects up to a 50” image on any wall or screen! On top of that, the audio quality is really solid for a tablet. The screen is large (13.3”), the battery life is amazing (up to 15 hrs), and it has a 8MP rear camera with a f2.2 wide-aperture lens.

Even though we have our DSLRs, they always say the best camera is the one you have on you, and I must have every fleeting moment captured on camera. Now that our tablet hangs out with us in bed, it’s especially easy to grab when our cats are snuggling up with us having a cute moment! You’re might see an influx of all the new cat photos I’m taking. ;) Our cats even have their own instagram that you should definitely follow! And you should follow us for more daily life updates: esthergram + jacobgram.

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xoxo estherJacob

Most people who visit Las Vegas know about Red Rock Canyon, which offers some great hikes within half an hour of the strip. But if you’re willing to drive an hour away, you’ll find yourself in the magical Valley of Fire State Park!

Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. We’ve only been able to check it out once, but we know there is a lot to see with rock structures like the White Domes, Arch Rock, and Elephant Rock.

We decided on our first visit to hike to the Fire Wave! Although it’s not on the official brochure yet, this is a well-marked trail that is easy to find. If you head towards White Domes, parking lot #3 (the 3rd one from White Domes) is where you would park. The trailhead is across the street.

Las Vegas Valley of Fire Hiking.The Valley of Fire Hiking.
Trail to the Wave Valley of Fire State Park.
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Fire Wave Valley Fire State Park.
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The trail is just under a mile that is made up of sand, hard pack and rock. Fire wave itself is beautiful! The natural patterns in the rock and shape of the formation really makes you feel like you’re standing on a wave that’s on fire. Part of it even swirls up like an ice cream cone.

Fire Wave Valley of Fire State Park.
Fire Wave Valley of Fire Las Vegas.
Fire Wave Valley of Fire State Park.Fire Wave Valley of Fire Vegas.
Fire Wave Valley of Fire Park.
Fire Wave Valley of Fire State Park.
Fire Wave Valley Fire State Park.
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Valley of Fire HIking.
Fire Wave Valley of Fire State Park.
The Valley of Fire Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Valley of Fire.
Valley of Fire Las Vegas.

We had a great time there and can’t wait to go back to explore the rest of the park.! We hope the next time we’ll be able to catch a great sunset so that we can photograph the Fire Wave again.


Distance: 1.5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road
Overton, Nevada 89040

Open year round from dawn to dusk.

Entrance: $10/vehicle ($8/vehicle Nevada resident)
Camping: $20/night
Annual Entrance Permit: $75

Have you explored much off strip in Vegas?
Have you explored any of the state parks near you?

xoxo estherJacob

About a year ago, we started drinking whisky more often in lieu of beer. We still love trying new craft beers, but our bellies were starting to show that love! :P

At first we had a hard time telling the difference between cheaper and nicer whisky. We would taste one, look at each other, and shrug. A lot of times we would laugh, because we would gauge how good or bad the whiskey was by how much it burned. We’re still far from being whisky connoisseurs, but we’ve grown to acquire the taste for it. On top of that, it’s much easier to bring when we travel, camp, or hike. A nice glass of whiskey at the end of your hike is much better than trying to lug around a bunch of beer with you.

We’ve been looking for a nice flask for when we travel, so we’ve reached out to a few flask companies to see if they could send us some products to review. We were so excited that Swig Flasks wanted to work with us. I’m a huge sucker for packaging and presentation, and they really give you the royal treatment.

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When you open the boxes, each piece is presented to you on a built in pillow.

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The flask itself is made out of the best quality stainless steel and each one is numbered. You really feel like you’re joining a society that makes its home all around the world. The other box was home to the leather pouch. It’s real leather and handmade in Scotland. You even get a handwritten card from the maker of your particular piece.

Swig Flask - Personalized Flasks for Men.

Like any good accessory, the pouches are interchangeable, so you can house the flask with whatever suits the mood or event. The SWIG Flask truly brings a new level of class to our whiskey game!

We also received a stainless steel funnel and leather keychain.

Swig Flask - Luxury Flasks for Men.

This past week, we took it up to Angel’s Landing with us to enjoy at the top!

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What is your drink of choice?
What’s your favorite whisky?

Thank you SWIG flasks for sponsoring this post. I was provided the featured products for free, but all opinions are 100% my own.