We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Zion National Park, UT

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 161 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 79
  • 50
    Very good
  • 8
  • 1
  • 1
Great hike - kiler view

We ended our trip with this hike. It's about two hours and not nearly as punishing as Angels Landing, East Rim, et al. Great view from the bottom of the canyon looking up, which... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chicago, Illinois

Similar Things to Do in Zion National Park

Add Photo Write a Review

161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 139: English reviews
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ended our trip with this hike. It's about two hours and not nearly as punishing as Angels Landing, East Rim, et al. Great view from the bottom of the canyon looking up, which is opposite of most views

Thank 312MightyOne
Breckenridge, Colorado
Level Contributor
344 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a pretty mellow trail by Zion standards. There is some climbing, but the views make it worth the steps! At the top, there are beautiful views of the surrounding area. We did this on our first afternoon in the park and it was a great intro to Zion.

Thank Deanna9
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came to Zion National Park during Easter weekend. The crowds were overwhelming on some of the well-known trails. This one doesn't require a ride on the shuttle. It's about 4 miles to the top and it's really a beautiful hike. I recommend it!

Thank TravelingKate12
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took a hike on The Watchman Trail. Moderate effort needed due to the steepness of some parts. Felt like a longer Trail than that described on the board at the start! The views at the end are well worth the effort!

Thank Mandthepand
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We spent 2-3 hours on this trip. My husband and I are both in our 60s and in reasonable physical shape, and this hike was not a problem for us. We wore good hiking boots and had lots of water with us. Since it was mid-November, there were very few people on the trail. That made it extra-fun as we... More 

Thank vac8ioner
St. George, Utah
Level Contributor
171 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This hike will get you up high enough to get some grand views of many of the more iconic images of Zion National Park. As someone has mentioned, it can be muddy after a bit of rain or snow, but even then it is not bad. Because it is a lesser known trail it won't be as crowded as the... More 

Thank Robert P
san francisco
Level Contributor
60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is a long trail and our kids didn't like the endless switchbacks. The view from the top, I hear was great, but our 7 and 9 year olds got bored and we didn't make it to the top.

2 Thank perlani
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We hiked this in late December. The park had just gotten about 12 inches of snow, and the trail was quite muddy at the beginning. The trail dried out and then became a bit icy around the shaded part of the canyon. We were glad we had our yak tracks in the backpack. Fabulous late Afternoon views at the end... More 

Thank Traveler123020
Encinitas, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

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.

1 Thank Piotr H
glen ridge, nj
Level Contributor
84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

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 

1 Thank martroon

Travellers who viewed Watchman Trail also viewed

Zion National Park, UT
Zion National Park, UT
Zion National Park, UT

Been to Watchman Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Watchman Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?