One of my first hikes as Zion was on Watchman trial, a very classic hike but quite underrated compared to others. We started the hike around 10AM and was probably one of the more animal filled hikes I had in Zion probably because there was a lot less humans around. Best part? The hike is only 2 miles and can be completed in an hour – two depending on how much time you take for photos and snacks.
The hike starts probably about 5-10 minute walk from Watchman Campsite and an even shorter walk from the visitor center
Within a 10 minute walk you get an amazing view!
And a new friend, a mule deer
Lots and lots of lizards
And a crawly snack for the lizard
After about a 456 foot ascent, you’re pretty much as the top with this amazing view at 4419 ft.
One warning, it gets pretty hot since most of the hike is exposed. Wear sunblock because even in Mid April, within 30 minutes this kid’s neck was fried.
More lizard friends. I can tell you after a week of hiking I was a lizard and squirrel expert photographer.
And Cacti!! Loved how within an hour I previewed all the parts of Zion that I would hike through the rest of the week.
Another amazing view photo of the Zion Canyons
The top has a great picnic/resting area to relax and enjoy before making the descent We heard that 5 minutes before we got there, there was a horned sheep citing but sadly we did not see it. Overall great hike for the 90 minutes of time!