A route made popular by the outfitters in Springdale, the “Trans Zion Trek” is a multi-day backpacking hike that connects several of Zion’s trails into one long route from one corner of the park to the other. Along the way, you will see some of Zion’s most awe-inspiring scenery as well as many beautiful spots that most dayhikers never experience.
The best way to do this backpacking trip is to shuttle to Lee Pass and hike to the main canyon where the free Zion shuttle service can pick you up and drop you off close to your car.
Along the La Verkin Creek Trail, Hop Valley Trail, and West Rim Trail, camping is permitted only in designated campsites. Choose your campsite when you get your permit; please do not squat at any campsite that you don’t have a permit for.
Figuring out your water sources is probably the most important part of planning this trek.
La Verkin Creek is always a reliable source of water, but water in cattle-contaminated Hop Valley should be avoided at all cost. Along the way are seasonal springs which include Wildcat Canyon Spring, Sawmill Springs, Potato Hollow Spring and Cabin Spring. Be sure to check conditions at the Visitor’s Center as many of these springs taper off during the drier months. I highly recommend two water caches. One by the bathroom at the Hop Valley trailhead and one more at the Lava Point parking lot by the West Rim trailhead.
If you can fit it in at the end of you hike, take one of Zion’s signature main-valley hikes like the Narrows, Angel’s Landing or Observation Point.
- Highlights: Unusual red rock cliffs and narrow canyons, streams, waterfall
- Near: St. George, UT
- Distance: 41 miles one way
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1800 ft
- Hike Time: day hike – 4 days
- Difficulty: 8/10
- Trail Condition: well maintained trail
- Parking – easy parking
- Backcountry Wilderness Permits – >>CLICK HERE<<
- Best Season: Late Spring, Early Summer, Fall
- Shuttle Service: Zion Adventure Company
- Dog Friendly: No
- Kid Friendly: No
- GPX Download File: >>CLICK HERE<<
Getting to the Shuttle:
From Las Vegas – hwy I-15 (north) to hwy 9 (east) to 36 Lion Bl. (left).