Top Zion National Park hike: Angel's Landing

Hiking at Angels Landing in Zion National Park
Zion National Park in Utah is home to an adrenaline-fueled hike called Angel's Landing, which climbs to the top of a towering rocky outcrop. The climb is about 2.5 miles, and at the top you'll get an incredible view of the national park -- Zion's Observation Point is right behind the monolith.

At 1488 feet high, with sharp drop-offs along the sides, hiking Angel's Landing is not for the faint of heart. It's highly recommended that you get a guide to do this hike, as there have been a number of deaths on Angel's Landing and it's a fairly technical climb.

Epic photos from Angel's Landing hikers

Angel's Landing, Zion National Park
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Top Zion National Park hike: Angel's Landing

Angel's Landing

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Zion NP - Angel's Landing Hike

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Angels Landing — a place so high only angels can land

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#tbt to criusing the USA and living on the edge

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The amazing view right before reaching the top!

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I climbed that #zion


This hike gave me slight anxiety because of the heights but seriously look at that view! #worthit #angelslanding #zionnationalpark

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Artsy pic of the day. Did a fun hike up Angel's Landing

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So happy to have made it to the top!!! One of the hardest and scariest hikes I've done! One step away from falling #1488FeetHigh  I made sure I held on to the chains #AngelsLanding #Zion #NatureJunkie

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today's hike

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Feelin' on top of the world (5,780 ft)

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Angel's Landing is one of the most popular hikes in Zion. Other top hikes in the national park include:

The Narrows: a (not surprisingly) narrow part of the canyon, this is said to be one of the best canyon hikes in the world. You'll hike in the Virgin River (yup, in the water) as it cuts through canyon walls that are so tall and close to one another that there isn't much direct sunlight. (Don't worry, this helps keep it cooler.) You can do it as a day hike -- most people do this by starting at the bottom and walking up -- or an overnight climb in and out.

The Subway: this is a challenging hike through a wormhole-like slot canyon that requires a backcountry permit. There are two ways to do it -- a 9-mile hike from the bottom up that involves scrambling over boulders and crossing the river, or a 9.5-mile hike that involves rappelling and swimming.

Emerald Pools: a great option for casual hikers, this is an easy trail to some stream-fed water holes. The lower trail is a good bet for kids, and still offers fabulous scenery and waterfalls.

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