It’s springtime, and that means spring fever. And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch know the best cure – Zion National Park. So back your bags and head to south to the crown jewel of Utah’s park system. To help take the guess work out of your trip, we’ve got a list of the top five hikes to do in Zion.
Emerald Pools – easily one of the most popular hike on our list. It is easy, and spectacularly beautiful. The trail to lower Emerald Pools is actually paved, so free feel to bring a stroller. We recommend that you make it to Upper Emerald Pools, since it’s the best.
Watchman – this little trail is too often overlooked by visitors, which is why we’re mentioning it here. The Watchman trailhead is located only a half-mile from the park entrance, so it’s easy to get to. The hike will reveal an overlook of the entire Springdale area. It’s the perfect introductory trail for Zion.
Timber Creek Overlook – this hike is also in the easy category. Take the road to the top of Kolob Canyon (the annex region of Zion, see it on this map) and you’ll find the trail head. The overlook trail will offer you amazing views of sandstone parapets and prairie land.
Subway – it’s like nature’s water park. The Subway is a technical scramble/swim through the North Creek. In addition to being up to the task, you’ll also need a permit to hike the trail. We recommend that you do the Subway in the summer, since the water can be cold.
Angel’s Landing – no list would be complete without Angel’s Landing. While it is the most strenuous hike out of these five, it is probably the most rewarding. The path is mostly well maintained, but the steep ascent is, well, strenuous. But at the top, you’ll see a view that will take your breath away.