West Rim Trail
Distance: 14.4 miles (one-way)
Trail type: One-way (shuttle required)
Elevation Change: 3,140 feet
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Difficulty rating: Strenuous
Traversing Zion’s interior backcountry from Lava Point (7,460 feet) to the Grotto Picnic Area (4,320 feet), the West Rim Trail is a showcase of the park’s ecological and scenic diversity. The trail begins along the Horse Pasture Plateau, a long, flat finger of sandstone protruding from the Kolob Plateau. It continues downward through pinyon and ponderosa pine forests before descending into the park’s slickrock canyon scenery. It passes the 0.5-mile spur trail to Angels Landing at Scout Lookout before descending through Refrigerator Canyon then into Zion Canyon.
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