Hiking Beautiful Zion National Park Trails
Located on the east rim of Zion National Park, your Take on Adventure cabin on the Zion Ponderosa Ranch commands awe-inspiring views and amazing hiking opportunities. This is where Zion touches the sky — and there’s no better place to for accessing or hiking Zion National Park from the top down.
A HIKER RESTS ON THE RIM TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AT OBSERVATION POINT.
The Take on Adventure cabin properties offer unmatched proximity and direct access to some of Zion’s most spectacular trails. The Zion Ponderosa Ranch offers daily shuttle provides service to Zion National Park trails including Observation Point, Cable Mountain, Orderville Canyon, Echo Canyon and East Entrance Trail. We can also deliver you to and from the Zion National Park visitor center to hike Angels Landing or The Narrows. Angels Landing is a strenuous trail that’s roughly a five-hour trip. The Narrows is the one of the most popular slot canyon hikes, but a little lesser-known one is the Zion Narrows top down hike. It can be done in a day. Overnight hikes is available but you’ll need a Zion Wilderness Permit to hike this route over night. Be sure to schedule a time with Zion Ponderosa Ranch to pick you up by the flag pole at the Visitor Center to bring you back to your Take On Adventure Cabin.
Alternative Routes for your hike to the bottom
Begin the hike to Observation Point across the plateau from the Zion Trail Heads located within minutes of your Take On Adventure cabin. Your reward at the end of the 7-mile hike is a spectacular panoramic view 2,000 feet above the Virgin River Gorge, and Zion National Park’s Temple of Sinawava and Angels Landing. Observation Point is considered by many — including Backpacker magazine — to be the best view in Zion National Park. The actual trail begins along the East Mesa Trail, and the return trip follows the switchbacks of Echo Canyon to Weeping Rock in Zion National Park. Hikers can arrange pickup with the Zion Ponderosa hiking shuttle prior to heading out.
Upper Trail to Observation Point
WALKING THE FOREST TRAIL TO OBSERVATION POINT FROM ZION PONDEROSA RANCH RESORT
Cable Mountain / Stave Springs Trail Head
The hike to Cable Mountain from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort leads throughthe Ponderosa pine forest to the intersection with the East Rim Trail. Rather than descend into Echo Canyon, the Cable Mountain Trail ends at sheer cliffs overlooking the canyon. The 7.5-mile hike leads to the remains of the Cable Works pioneer logging operation once used to transport timber more than 2,200 feet down to Zion National Park’s canyon floor. The view spans the White Cliffs, the West Rim of Zion National Park, the Great White Throne, Angels Landing and Observation Point. The hike starts and ends at the same point.
Orderville Canyon – Canyoneering
Orderville Canyon is a challenging 13-mile hike that descends into slot canyons, part of the Zion Narrows riverbed, and meets up with part of the Zion Narrows top down hike. The trail is lined with 1,000-foot sheer cliffs, and a 15-foot drop off as you enter Zion National Park’s boundaries. This challenging hike requires down-climbing experience, ropes, and a backcountry permit, which can be obtained at the Zion National Park Visitor Center.
East Entrance Trail
If you’re looking for a less challenging trail when hiking Zion National Park, choose the East Entrance. The East Entrance Trail is a 3-mile hike accessed through Jolley Gulch on Zion Ponderosa property. Trail highlights include views of Checkerboard Mesa and white sandstone canyon overlooks.
Echo Canyon Top Down
If you love slot canyons and awesome scenery take the Echo Canyon Trails from Cable Mountain trail head. At five miles the Echo Canyon hike is a bit longer and is famous for its switchbacks, which descend 2,100 feet over the course of the hike. Impressive views of Angels Landing are a scenic highlight of the Echo Canyon hike, which ends at Weeping Rock in Zion National Park.
Zion Ponderosa Shuttle
Zion Ponderosa’s hiking shuttle departs the ranch resort at 8:00 a.m. and drops hikers off at their trailhead of choice. Pickup is at the Visitor Center for hikes that end inside Zion National Park’s boundaries. Please note that shuttle drop off and pick up services must be scheduled in advance.