Winter brings with it a slew of outdoor adventures to be had, and what better place to plan your next excursions than at Zion National Park? As the oldest and most popular national park in the state of Utah, there are plenty of hikes and trails to take advantage of during the off-season when there are less crowds and the air is crisp. Take a look at our top 3 incredible winter hikes in Zion National Park!

East Rim Trail to Cable Mountain

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Sitting as one of the most distinct hikes in the park, this often overlooked day-long hike is sure to provide some of the most incredible views in the park. Named after a cable system that was in operation between 1901 and 1927 and used to transport lumber, you can expect to find remains of the historic cable system in addition to beautiful vistas on this trail. This is definitely a hike that you will want to add to your list! Traveling from Las Vegas? There are plenty of shuttles to take advantage of that can take you from Vegas to Zion National Park to simplify your trip.

Observation Point

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Proving to be one of the most popular destinations in all of Zion National Park, the trek to Observation Point is definitely a must for your winter trip. Be prepared to climb uphill from the moment you begin the hike- just keep that incredible, sweeping view from the top in mind and you’re sure to stay motivated! This 8-mile, round-trip hike can prove to be icy at times during the winter months, so be sure to come prepared with the right shoes to stay safe.

Taylor Creek Trail

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One of the simplest trails found in the Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park, the Taylor Creek Trail is one that is often overlooked but definitely worth taking the time to explore. The largest and most breathtaking feature of this small hike is the double arch, featuring incredible red rock displays and proving to be a great spot for photos or for a quick rest. You’ll also find a couple of historic pioneer cabins along the trail. Don’t let this must-see excursion slip between your fingers!

So whatever trail you decide to embark on for your Zion National Park winter adventure, you can have confidence in knowing that there are plenty of incredible sights to see and experiences to be had. Happy planning!