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Address: Zion National Park, UT
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Great 2-3 hour hike at the beginning of zion canyone

The best parts about this hike are the views and that its not crowded, at least when I went. I think people overlook this trail as its from the main parking area. But its a good... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Piotr H
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Encinitas, California

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best parts about this hike are the views and that its not crowded, at least when I went. I think people overlook this trail as its from the main parking area. But its a good one especially for sunset.

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glen ridge, nj
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to Zion late and had about two hours for a hike. So we took the Watchman Trail. It delivered exactly what we hoped for. The hike itself winds uphill and isn't easy, but it isn't too taxing either. It eventually opens up to a loop with spectacular views and lookouts, a perfect place to take a break or... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked into the park from Springdale and went straight to the Watchman Trail as it takes off from the Visitors Center. Pretty good elevation gain but well worth the effort.

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Center Valley, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

My wife and I took this hike as our second hike of our first afternoon in Zion NP around 3 in the afternoon on a Thursday in mid-October 2016. Watchman is rated as a moderate trail; it is a rocky upward hike. My wife and I hike in boots and carry trekking poles. This is a trail where both are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Steep in places but manageable. Good place for sunset views. Take plenty of water. Interesting for plants and rocks.

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Waukesha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This is a nice trail that begins at the visitor center and heads up to a high lookout over the canyon. The trail climbs but is mostly gradual and not too difficult. The views from the top are great. There is a short loop at the top before returning down on the same route. Arrive early to avoid crowds as... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Classed as moderate as there is a 300 feet elevation gain. Good views from the viewpoint in the loop section at the top.

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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We hiked Watchman Trail as the last trail of a 2 day trip to Zion NP. It took us around 3 hours RT, which included breaks and stopping at the top for pictures and to enjoy the views. It rained almost the entire day, but that allowed for a beautiful fog and haze to rest over the valley and canyon... More 

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Thank Jennifer C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved this trail. Once you get to the top the views are amazing. Easy access from visitor center.

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Lombard, Illinois
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72 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We only saw 2 other people on this trail when we hiked it in the early evening; a welcome change from the busyness of our other hikes. It was slightly strenuous for our kids (ages 5, 8 and 10) but we enjoyed watching ourselves get higher and higher. The view from the top was gorgeous. The kids jumped in the... More 

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