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. Zion Adventure Company will allow you to bring water caches (2 gallons highly recommended) and let you deposit your caches along the way to the Lee Pass trail head.
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 many mostly reliable springs: the spring along Wildcat Canyon Trail (half-a-mile west of the trail crossing the streambed); Sawmill Springs, Potato Hollow, and Cabin Spring along the West Rim Trail; the Virgin River and Weeping Rock in the main canyon (and water fountains at the shuttle stops if you are not a purist), and Stave Spring along the East Rim Trail. Be sure to check conditions at the Backcountry Desk as many of these springs taper off during the drier months.
If you can fit it in at the end of you hike, I highly recommend one of Zion’s signature main-valley hikes like the Narrows, Angel’s Landing or Observation Point.
- 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
- GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Dog Friendly: No
- Kid Friendly: No
From Las Vegas – hwy I-15 (north) to hwy 9 (east) to 36 Lion Bl. (left).
Water Cache 1 – >>LINK<<
Water Cache 2 – >>LINK<<