Thing to Do

Kayenta Trail

A set of red sandstone stairs lined with loose rocks and green foliage leads out of frame.
Sandstone steps of the Kayenta Trail lead you up to the Emerald Pools

NPS/Lizz Eberhardt

The moderate, 2.0 mi (3.2 km) Kayenta Trail follows the Virgin River before ascending to the Lower and Upper Emerald Pool Trails. Provides panoramic views of Zion Canyon along the way. Long drop-offs are present along this trail. You can either return on the same trail, or make a loop using one of the Emerald Pools trails. 

Water and restrooms are available at The Grotto.
2-3 Hours
Pets Allowed
Park entrance fees apply.
The Kayenta Trailhead is located at The Grotto (shuttle stop #6). Use the crosswalk to reach the bridge over the Virgin River, then take a left up the sandstone steps to begin the hike.
Year Round
Time of Day
Any Time
Accessibility Information
Trail is unpaved, and covers sandy, rocky, and uneven terrain. Sandstone steps are present at multiple points, with sections of long drop-offs. Total elevation gain is 150 ft (46 km). 

Zion National Park

Last updated: January 31, 2023