Zion National Park: Angels Landing

This classic dayhike runs up a narrow canyon then along a formidable knife-edge ridge to a giant monolith with mind-boggling redrock views.
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This classic dayhike runs up a narrow canyon then along a formidable knife-edge ridge to a giant monolith with mind-boggling redrock views.

The Angel’s Landing trail is the most popular day hike in Zion National Park, and justifiably one of the top hikes in any national park. It's a straight-up classic. Start out along the virgin River on a mellow paved trail before the path kicks in a hurry. Leave river valley on steep switchbacks that cut into canyon walls and then head into the tight confines of Refrigerator Canyon. Reach Walter's Wiggles, and infcmous set of short switchbacks that zigzag 21 times to the top of the ridge. The Wiggles are named after Walter Ruesh, Zion National Park’s first superintendent, who in 1926 constructed this feat of engingeering.

Catch your breath on Scout Lookout, a broad saddle with views into Zion Canyon and then go south on the Angels Landing Trail to a pinched ridge. Here you'll have to watch your footing on uneven terrain (1,000-ft. drop-offs on either side of trail), and if you need to (and you likely will), hold onto chains bolted into rock face to ascend exposed ridgeline. Then, the payoff: Angels Landing. From the top of your deserved perch, you'll see massive, sheer-walled canyons extending in every direction. Look down--way down--to spot the Virgin River flowing through Zion Canyon around the horseshoe bend of the Angel's Landing promontory. Snap your hero shots before retracing the exposed route back to the main trail, and then down to the canyon floor.

-Mapped by Rajeev Jain and Mike Trottier

Plan an Angels Landing Trip

CONTACT
Zion National Park
(435) 772-3256
nps.gov/zion

GEAR UP In the rivers and canyons, you'll want sticky-soled shoes, preferably mid-height or taller, and a walking stick or trekking poles for stability and pool probing. For hikes up the canyon, sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Quick-dry shorts work work well for most seasons. Bring an extra dry shirt, an extra synthetic sweater, and a rain shell, even in the hottest weather. Shade, wet clothing, and canyon winds can be surprisingly cold. Thunderstorms can make the canyon frigid. You can rent specialty items in Springdale at the Zion Adventure Company, 36 Lion Boulevard Springdale, UT 84767; (435) 772-1001, zionadventures.com

WHERE TO STAY

Zion Lodge
Located on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Open year-round. Motel rooms, cabins, and suites available. Also has a gift shop and post office. Reservations recommended: 888-297-2757; zionlodge.com

Camping
South Campground: First-come, first-served. Call 435-772-3256 for more information.
Watchman Campground: Reservations can be made six months prior to arrival date online at recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

WHERE TO EAT

Red Rock Grill Dining Room at Zion Lodge. Open year round. Dinner reservations advised spring through fall: 435-772-3213.

Castle Dome Cafe at Zion Lodge. Open seasonally.

Whiptail Grill
445 Zion Park Boulevard
Springdale, UT 84737
(435) 772-0283

GROCERIES

Sol Foods
95 Zion Park Boulevard
Springdale, UT 84737
(435) 772-0277

Honey's Jubilee
260 East 300 South
Kanab, UT
(435) 644-5877

Lin's Marketplace
1120 W State St
Hurricane, UT
(435) 635-4477

GAS
Honey's Fuel Center
344 South 350 East
Kanab, UT 84741-3739
(435) 644-2736

Walker’s
1180 W State St
Hurricane, UT 84737
(435) 635-7529

Roger's Sinclair
15 East State Street
Orderville, UT 84758
(435) 648-2433

Trail Facts

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Waypoints

ANG001

Location: 37.259407, -112.9506454

Walk along paved trail that winds NW toward the Virgin River

ANG002

Location: 37.2598991, -112.9514389

Cross footbridge, then turn R onto West Rim Trail for steady NE climb

ANG003

Location: 37.2648163, -112.9504471

Trail bends L and leads uphill

ANG004

Location: 37.2686424, -112.9516296

Leave river valley on steep switchbacks that cut into canyon walls

ANG005

Location: 37.2696648, -112.9503784

Turn L, heading N into the tight confines of Refrigerator Canyon; shady trail travels ½-mi. to the canyon's head

ANG006

Location: 37.2756424, -112.9514618

Walters Wiggles: These short switchbacks zigzag 21 times to the top of the ridge

ANG007

Location: 37.2746391, -112.9507217

Catch your breath on Scout Lookout, a broad saddle with views into Zion Canyon. Next, stay straight @ 3-way, heading S on Angels Landing Trail

ANG008

Location: 37.2724991, -112.9502258

Continue S on pinched ridge; watch your footing on uneven terrain (1,000-ft. drop-offs on either side of trail)

ANG009

Location: 37.2708435, -112.949707

Hold onto chains bolted into rock face to ascend exposed ridgeline

ANG010

Location: 37.2693443, -112.9478989

Angels Landing: Massive, sheer-walled canyons extend in every direction. Look down--way down--to spot the Virgin River flowing through Zion Canyon; retrace route

Angels Landing

Location: 37.2656344, -112.9507077

Canyon Views

Location: 37.2659492, -112.9508133

Narrow Canyon

Location: 37.2702408, -112.9503708

Steep Ascent

Location: 37.2706833, -112.9495163

Summit Views

Location: 37.2695122, -112.9480972

View from Angels Landing

Location: 37.2697334, -112.9483795

Slickrock Terrain

Location: 37.2703362, -112.9493332