Monday, August 16, 2010

Weeping Rock (Zion National Park)

Weeping Rock

This short hike ends at an overhang covered with mossy vegetation called the "Hanging Gardens" of Zion, and with a steady stream of water flowing over the edge. The name "Weeping Rock" refers to the Navajo Sandstone which, because of its porous nature, allows water to flow through it. This hike is relatively short, less than half a mile, and it is a paved trail, but it is a fairly steep one.

Note: There is a park entrance fee of $25 to enter Zion National Park.

  • From St. George

  • Head north on the I-15

  • Exit the freeway on exit 16 onto SR 9 East towards Hurricane/Zion National Park

  • After 12.1 miles, take a right on SR 9, 500 N in LaVerkin

  • Follow this road for 21 miles till you arrive at the entrance of Zion National Park

  • From April to October, Park at the museum and the shuttle will take you to the Weeping Rock stop

GPS: N37 16.255 W112 56.308
Distance: 0.4 miles
Difficulty: 1
Hike Time: 15-30 minutes
Trail Condition: Paved and well marked
Season: Early Spring to late Fall

Detailed Description:
From the shuttle stop, head around into the parking lot and over the bridge, where the trail starts. There will be a sign marking the way. You'll have no problem following the trail, and while you're enjoying the hike, notice the little mini-waterfalls along the trailside. It is also common to see squirrels along the path, but don't feed them! They can be dangerous if you get to close.

As you approach the overhang, expect to get wet as you'll have to walk through the falling water to get underneath. The water is a cool refresher in the heat of Zion National Park. You'll have to bring water to this hike because there is no water available at the trailhead, although there is a restroom facility. Do not attempt to drink the water that flows from the rocks as the water contains harmful bacteria.



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