• Temples and Towers of the Virgin

    Zion

    National Park Utah

Wilderness Trail Conditions

The East Rim
Kolob Canyons
The Narrows
Southwest Desert
The Subway
The West Rim

Reports are based on the last wilderness patrol. Trail conditions can change quickly after a rain event, and may not be reflected on this page.

 

East Rim
East Mesa
(East Mesa Trailhead to Observation Point - 3.4 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause trail to become muddy or snow covered. Trailhead may be inaccessible by low clearance vehicles when wet or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight.

East Rim

(East Entrance to Weeping Rock - 10.8 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause trail to be muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight.

Cable Mountain
(East Rim Trail to Cable Mountain - 2.7 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to be muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight.

Deertrap Mountain

(East Rim Trail to Deertrap Mountain - 3.9 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause trail to be muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight.
 

Kolob Canyons
La Verkin Creek
(Lee Pass to Park Boundary, Lee Pass to Kolob Arch - 7 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause trail to be muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight.

Hop Valley

(Hop Valley Trailhead to La Verkin Creek - 6.5 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to be muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight. Bring plenty of water. The water in Hop Valley is not recommended for human consumption due to cattle activity. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.

 

The Narrows
Always check the weather, flash flood potential, and flow rate before beginning this hike. Learn more about hiking The Narrows.

Bottom Up Hike
(Temple of Sinawava to Big Spring - 5 miles)

Expect cold water with some sections of chest deep pools possible. Make sure to check current weather conditions, flash flood potential and flow rate before beginning this hike. Use good judgment when deciding to make this trip. Wet suit or dry suit necessary for winter travel.

Top Down Hike
(Chamberlain's Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava - 16 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Trailhead may be inaccessible when wet or snow covered. Expect cold, deep water with some chest deep sections and swims possible. The hike will typically take 12 or more hours to complete. Be prepared with headlamps and gear to hike in darkness if attempting in one day. Use good judgement when deciding to make this trip. Wet/dry suits necessary for winter travel.

Always check the weather, flash flood potential, and flow rate before beginning this hike. Learn more about hiking The Narrows.

When Does The Narrows Close?
In the summer, the bottom up Narrows hike closes if the flow rate is over 150 CFS. The top down Narrows hike closes if the flow rate is over 120 CFS. All hiking in The Narrows is closed when a Flash Flood Warning is issued, and remains closed for two hours after the Flash Flood Warning has been lifted.

During snowmelt in the spring, The Narrows closes when the flow rate rises over 150 CFS (120 CFS for top down hikes) and does not reopen until the flow rate drops below 150 CFS for 24 consecutive hours.

 

Southwest Desert
Chinle Trail
(Chinle Trailhead to Coal Pits Wash - 8.1 miles)

Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to become muddy. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight. Watch out for the Cryptobiotic soil. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.

Coalpits Wash
(Coal Pits Trailhead to Chinle Trail - 3.6 miles)

Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to become muddy. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight. Water may be present in the wash but dry crossings may be possible. Watch out for the Cryptobiotic soil. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.

 

The Left Fork (Subway)
Top Down Technical Route
(Wildcat Canyon to Left Fork Trailhead - 9 miles)

Winter conditions exist. Cold swims are expected. Wet suits or dry suits are necessary to protect against cold water. Bring rope and harness. Do not leave fixed lines and do not jump off anything. Use durable surfaces like slickrock instead of creating social trails. Make sure to check current weather conditions.

For more information on the Left Fork (Subway) click here

Bottom Up Route
(Left Fork Trailhead - 9 miles )

Bottom up hikers should be prepared for knee deep water crossings in the cold water. Stay in or near the watercourse. Make sure to check current weather conditions.

A permit is required for all Left Fork (Subway) hikes.
Learn more about exploring The Subway.

 

West Rim
Connector Trail
(Hop Valley Trailhead to Wildcat Trail - 4.1 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to become muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.

Wildcat Canyon
(Wildcat Canyon Trailhead to West Rim Trail - 4.8 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to become muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.

West Rim
(West Rim Trailhead to The Grotto via the Rim Trail - 14.2 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to become muddy or snow covered. Expect below freezing temperatures overnight. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.
*The road from Lava Point to the West Rim trailhead is CLOSED for the season*


Telephone Canyon
(West Rim Trail to West Rim Trail - 2.4 miles)

Expect winter conditions. Seasonal rain/snow may cause the trail to be muddy or snow covered. Always carry a good map with you and know how to read it to make sure you stay on the trail.

 
 
 

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