LAFAVE HIKING GUIDE: RATING SYSTEM
We methodically trekked through 80+ trails in the Zion area to bring you the very best ones. If a hike made it into this LaFave hiking guide, then it’s worth doing. We’ve left out many hikes that aren’t as memorable or scenic — all hikes listed here are the cream of the crop.
There are many hikes listed by park services that are mediocre at best — for example, The Sand Bench Trail. Leave it off your list and take our advice: the hikes we list are worth doing in your limited time here.
|3 stars: You won't be disappointed. Any hike mentioned in our guide is worth doing.|
|3.5 stars: A great hike. A 3 star hike on our guide is a 5 star hike anywhere else but Zion.|
|4 stars: Fabulous hike. You love Zion for hikes like these.|
|4.5 stars: You came to Zion for these special gems. This is an extraordinary hike.|
|5 stars: A world-class hike — it's a must-do in your lifetime.|
OUR HIKE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DIVIDED INTO 3 CATEGORIES:
Easy rated hikes range from 1.2 miles to 4 miles and gain less than 100 feet in elevation. These hikes offer a look at some of the natural history of Zion National Park. The hikes in this category offer a great Zion experience for those with a limited amount of time to spend in the park.
Our moderate-rated hikes range from from 1 mile to up-to 10 miles and have an elevation gain of 160-400 feet. Plan for proper hiking footwear and water supply. These moderate hikes offer incredible views of Zion Canyon and offer an escape into the wilderness.
Our strenuous-rated hikes range from 5 miles to 18 miles round trip and have elevation gains of up to 4,400 ft. These trails are physically and potentially mentally challenging too. These trails require good physical conditioning, preparation and planning.