When people think of Zion National Park, they think the Narrows, Angels Landing, and Emerald Pools. There are plenty of other hikes around there that I have mentioned that are really worth it as well. This can include Observation Point, Hidden Canyon and Double Arch Alcove.
Today’s hike is none of these. Today’s hike is the River Walk.
I have had the opportunity to go to Zion National Park a lot lately. That is one of the blessings of living in southern Utah. There are national parks everywhere and it would be stupid of you to not enjoy them. So if you’re not from around here, go visit one of the hikes mentioned above. Those are well worth the drive and you would be missing out on so much if you did not go on these.
But if you’re local and need something to do, do the River Walk.
The River Walk can actually begin at the visitor center on the bike trail that takes you to Canyon junction. From here take a shuttle up to any one of the next stops, I suggest the Emerald Pools. From there, all you need to do is find the trial that begins next to to the stream and begin to wander.
Since it’s along the river bed, it is relatively flat. There will be little sand, but overall not to bad.
The nice thing about this hike is that there are very few people on it. No noise or chatter. The stream is your music and there are plenty to animals to see. Don’t you dare feed them, but they will allow you to get relatively close.
The view of the park is very pleasing from the river banks. The cliffs rise all around you, and since you are not trying to haul yourself up a cliff, you can simply enjoy the beauty.
The trail extends the entire length of the park and bounces on and off the road. So you can go for as long as you want and all you need to do is hop on a shuttle and go back to the car.
If you need time to think, or want to be alone, this is a great hike.
Next time you’re in Zion, just take a relaxing stroll down this trail. You won’t be disappointed.