1. Angels Landing – 5.4 miles
The trail to Angel’s Landing, a viewpoint 1500 feet above the valley floor, is best known for its white-knuckle final half-mile ascent, where travelers must traverse a narrow, steep path with thousand-foot cliffs dropping off to either side and only a chain to hold on to. Despite being touted as one of the most dangerous hikes in the US, and certainly the most dangerous in Zion National Park, however, those who test their mettle on its switchbacks definitely won’t have to do it alone: the trail is one of the most popular in the park. And the view is so worth it.
2. Emerald Pools – 1.5 to 3 miles
Since the Emerald Pools trail leaves directly from Zion Lodge, this is a very popular route in the park, especially for families. The trail meanders after a small stream for an easy walk to Lower Emerald Pool, a sparkling green pond surrounded on three sides by red rock cliffs. For a bit longer and more strenuous of a walk, you can continue on to Upper Emerald Pool. To protect the area, no wading or swimming is allowed.