The public is required to pack out all trash at Weeping Rock
, Tailrace, Slate Creek, Names Hill, and Pine Creek until they are returned next spring.
No cars are allowed in the main canyon but open-air shuttles allow visitors to admire the loft formations, including the Great White Throne, Angel's Landing and Weeping Rock
From Weeping Rock
to the peaks called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I felt a constant kink in my neck from straining to see more things.
Next to the Observation Point trailhead is Weeping Rock
, a geologic oddity where rain at the top of the plateau seeps through sandstone, hits the harder shale and slides sideways until it can find an opening here on the cliff face.
Zion Canyon offers short, easy walks along paved trails like the Pa'rus, Riverside, and Weeping Rock
Fontenelle Creek along with Slate Creek, Tailrace, and Weeping Rock
campgrounds are managed jointly through an interagency agreement between the BLM Kemmerer Field Office and the Bureau of Reclamation Provo Area Office.
For a short, half-mile stroll, stop at Weeping Rock
, an easy trail that winds past lush vegetation to an overhang where thousands of water droplets glisten as they seep though sandstone and bounce off impervious shale.
Once inside, though, there are plenty of places to hike, such as Weeping Rock
, a half-hour walk to a rock alcove with dripping springs, and Lower Emerald Pools, an easy stroll on a paved trail to a waterfall.
The hike to Weeping Rock
is 1/2 mile round trip from the trailhead 1 mile north of Zion Lodge.
Other stops include the Zion Lodge, Weeping Rock
, and the Temple of Sinawava.
Short hikes reach enchanting spots such as Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock
, and the springs and gardens along the Gateway to the Narrows Trail; this route leads to where the canyon's walls close to hallway width.
We recommend Canyon Overlook (1-mile round trip), Weeping Rock
(1/2 mile), Emerald Pools (2 miles), Gateway to the Narrows (2 miles), Watchman (2-1/2 miles).