Zion Parunuweap Canyon Overlook

Zion just keeps on giving!  And this destination is no exception.

7 miles round trip, moderate hike from the upper east side of Zion's

Checkerboard Mesa, across a saddle, then dropping down and walking along a beautiful slickrock bench to a Sa-weet rim overlook of Parunuweap Canyon.

Once at the rim, we will experience a dizzying, jaw dropping view off of the sheer canyon wall, deep into  Parunuweap Canyon.  The rarely seen east fork of the Virgin River flows some 500ft below our feet.  This should be a perfectly timed hike that I like to do in the fall.  The cottonwood trees that hug the river should be gold with the fall colors.  360 views of the mountains that make up the east side of Zion and across for miles and miles to the barracks, and beyond.  The first time I sat at the edge and saw the fall colored gold ribbon of cottonwoods shadowing the Virgin River below,  I had a hard time leaving.    There is a surprise destination we may have time to look for once we hit the rim, if everyone wants to explore just a bit further.  I have never been to it and would like to try.  It is very close by.    

Now for some information:

7 miles round trip, up and back hike.400ft of very gradual elevation gain/loss

Trail only exists for the first mile.  After that, we will be in sandy drainages and slickrock.Bring at least two litres of water, high energy snacks, and a lunch.Dress warmly.  It is fall weather and the elevation is higher on the east side.Please do not sign up for this hike if you are unable to walk 7 miles on mostly no established trail.  We will meetup at Hart's Gas in Washingtonat 8 am, pick up any hikers that wish to meetup at the Maverik in La Verkin by8:40and make the trailhead and on the trail by10 am.   We will return to the trailhead by3pmand should be back at Harts by4:3 but NLT 5 pm.  

Zion Park passes are required.  I have a park pass and can take 3 passengers in my car.  We should carpool and ride share the cost of gas with at least one person in your vehicle with a park pass.  There is no need for a permit on this hike.

elevation will be around 6,000ft.  So, it will be much cooler up there than in Springdale.  Also, if you have problems like I do with getting enough air at higher elevations, you must know your limitations.  We will be going at a constant, steady, easy pace with lots of short break and lots of opportunities for photos.  Once at the rim, we will be taking lunch break and taking in the views.Mostly full sun exposure.  Only shade will be for the first mile.

No pets allowed.

Maximum of 12 persons on this hike.  Very strictly enforced.  Please know that if the list is full and you show up to see if someone cancels, we will only take in 12 people.  I may have some folks waiting at La Verkin, too.  

So, if this is full, it would be best to not show up, but let the waitlist do what it is designed to do.  I am so torn about this.  If it wasn't Zion, where I and you could be fined, I may make an exception.  We cannot hit the trail with more than 12 hikers.  Not even in two  separate groups.  Sorry.  No need for offroad vehicles.  

I really am excited about this one!  I hope you will attend this backcountry fall experience.    Cheers!  jerry

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  • Steve M.

    What a wonderful day it was in Zion yesterday! Thank you, Jerry, for showing us another part of the beautiful park. Check out the photo of you looking through the ice.

    November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! Way cool, Steve!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Cottonwood by:
    David Knape


    Observe the mighty Cottonwood
    a tree that does a body good,
    for when the wind is in its leaves
    they rustle oh so pleasantly The Cottonwood will stake a claim
    any place there is a little rain,
    then from a wisp of cotton seed
    becomes a mighty sturdy tree Cowboys see it from afar
    leads them to water like a star,
    they know the water there is good
    anytime they see a Cottonwood Not only is there shade to rest
    the Cottonwood will do its best
    to entertain its welcome guests
    as the sun sets slowly in the west For anytime there is a breeze
    the tree plays music in its leaves,
    and I have to say quite honestly
    the Cottonwood plays symphonies So take a rest in some quiet dell
    take off your boots and stay a spell,
    I guarantee, it'll do you good
    to sit beneath a cottonwood

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Jim J.

      This is actually Terry not Jim. I wanted to tell you what a great day we had. This was a fabulous hike. Sorry we didn't stay around to say this in person. Great group!!

      1 · November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you! See you on another one!

      November 7, 2013

  • Kelly P.

    Thanks for a great hike.

    November 7, 2013

  • Dave

    Thank you for a great hike. I am glad the it was only a warning ticket for parking on the beach; you are lucking you didn't park on a sunbather.

    November 7, 2013

  • Jim J.

    Jerry, both Terry and I really enjoyed the hike and are looking forward to doing more.
    The website for that Medical Evacation Plan I had mentioned is http://www.apollomt.com/­

    November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Jim! Glad you liked it.

      November 7, 2013

  • Brian L.

    What a great day. I got to see a part of Zion I had not been to before.

    I want to apologize to everyone for holding you all up so much and to thank you all for staying with me on the way out. Lesson learned — get back into shape before trying to carry all the photo equipment again! :)

    November 7, 2013

  • Doug D.

    Enjoyed the hike, the day and beautiful scenery. Thanks

    November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful destination. Oops! I missed the overlook. But, I can't apologize too much because I have Zion as a scape goat. We got to see a part of Zion that is way back on the upper east side. Zion's "rock stars" came out in full force, today and put on a great show. Thank you to everyone for sticking together, as a group and helping each other. We all got out and I learned a valuable lesson about keeping my car on the pavement and not the sand. Whew!
    I can't wait to see all the pictures! I will go back in there this winter and get the right bench that leads to the right overlook. We will redo this one when we get enough daylight later on in late winter or Early spring. Thank you so much for coming.

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is anyone going to be meeting us at the Maverik in La Verkin?
    We will stop by there on our way up the hill to Zion.

    November 5, 2013

  • Melanie

    Jerry, I'm not going to make this one, so sorry. I have family coming in tonight. I was really looking forward to doing this with everyone. Maybe next time. Thanks!!

    November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awww...we'll miss ya, Melanie! Have fun with family. We'll see you on another one. Lots of fun winter stuff coming up; Valley of Fire, Arrow Canyon, Humboldt springs with ancient native agave roasting pits, kanab Point, Mormon Peak, Key west mine, and on and on...

      November 5, 2013

  • Kelly P.

    I looking forward to this hike.

    November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Kelly. It's one of my favorite close to home fall hikes. Stunning area.

      November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sunny with a high of 54 for the day. Woot! Woot! Good, fall weather. Dress warmly.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Doug D.

    Jerry, sounds like we have enough passes. You for 1, we have 2, Jim's got 1 and Melanie's got 1. So that's 5 for 12 of us and covers four or 5 cars.

    November 1, 2013

    • Doug D.

      Sorry it wasn't Melanie. Did I read Jim's wrong as well?

      November 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Doug! That usually is the case. Lots of us have passes. OK! We are golden!

      November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    helpful tip about natl park passes. Did you know that if you have a relative or friend who has a natl park pass and they are willing to share? You may co-sign the park pass and two people may use it. I always buy a pass with my friend and we both sign it and can share the pass. The park pass has a spot for two people to use the pass. sometimes, I will buy a pass and have my son co-sign and he can then use it as a cardholder. Just a tip if you have access to a park pass from a friend or relative, you could both share the cost of the pass 40 dollars a piece and then both of you may use the pass for the whole year. We need one more pass amongst our attending list to make this happen at no cost. Boy, that pumpkin latte from Starbucks is wayyyy good. Sipping on one right now. If we cannot get another pass, I will make it happen for us. cheers! So, no worries.

    November 1, 2013

    • Don B.

      I should have clarified that my pass is a senior-lifetime pass. One benefit of getting older. . .

      1 · November 1, 2013

  • Jim J.

    The website states:

    Senior Pass to National Parks Benefits

    In National Parks that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee, the Senior Pass admits you and the passengers in your car or other private vehicle.

    In National Parks where a "per person" entrance fee is charged, the Senior Pass admits you plus three other adults (who need not be seniors). This is an especially good deal if you are also traveling with grandchildren, because children under 16 have free admission.

    The lifetime national parks Senior Pass also gives seniors a 50 percent discount on federal use fees charged for camping, swimming, boat launching, parking and tours.

    In some cases where use fees are charged, only the person named on the Senior Pass will be given the 50 percent discount.

    The senior pass is non-transferable and does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or concession fees

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Terry T.

    Our passes (Terry's and myself) are the ones you get when you turn age 60 and are for the rest of your life...they cover everyone in the car.
    Jim Jellison

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Don B.

    I have a pass. My wife and I would like to be on the waiting list for this hike

    October 31, 2013

  • Terry T.

    we have two passes

    October 31, 2013

  • Meredith B.

    We have a pass and can take 3 others if occasion arises.

    October 31, 2013

    • Meredith B.

      Just keep that in mind for another time...thanks!

      October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great response! Thank you, everyone for signing up! If I had to pick one hike in the upper east end, (my favorite part of Zion) it would have to either be this hike, or Jolley falls in winter when there is a 200ft waterfall. We will do that one when I know for sure that Zion has about 3 inches of snow on the ground, up there. I can't wait to see what you all can do with your pictures shooting down into the canyon.

    October 31, 2013

  • Steve M.

    This sounds like a great hike! We're looking forward to seeing you and the other hikers.

    October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All right! Glad you guys signed up! See you there. I have missed this one for the past two years. Can't wait to get out there, again. Great photo ops. A bit of a slog across the slickrock, but then it really pays off at the rim.

      October 31, 2013

  • Jim J.

    I can provide a vehicle...

    October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Jim! Looks like we just need one more pass and we're set.

      October 31, 2013

  • Doug D.

    Jerry, Linda and I both have park passes and we can carry 2 additional people with us. Looking forward to the hike. Doug

    October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Doug! Looking forward to meeting you and Linda.

      October 31, 2013

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