Zion National Park – Watchman Trail – An Underrated Classic Hike

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.

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The hike starts probably about 5-10 minute walk from Watchman Campsite and an even shorter walk from the visitor center

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Within a 10 minute walk you get an amazing view!

Watchman 4 And a new friend, a mule deer
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Lots and lots of lizards

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And a crawly snack for the lizard

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After about a 456 foot ascent, you’re pretty much as the top with this amazing view at 4419 ft.

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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.

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More lizard friends.  I can tell you after a week of hiking I was a lizard and squirrel expert photographer.

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And Cacti!! Loved how within an hour I previewed all the parts of Zion that I would hike through the rest of the week.

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Another amazing view photo of the Zion Canyons

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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!

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