A Fun Little Hike! The Watchman's Trail's prime location poises it for busy traffic, but it always seems much quieter here than on other trails in Zion Canyon. This fun, short hike offers some great elevated views of Springdale, both Watchman and South Campgrounds, and the Visitors Center. The giant Watchman, the trail's namesake, looms above to the southeast, while distant views of Eagle Crags and Lower Mountain frame the southwest skyline. To the north, west, and east, Zion Canyon's major peaks and imposing walls dominate, framing the lush valley and the Virgin River below.
The Watchman Trail is a favorite sunset hike, as the alpenglow on the Watchman, Bridge Mountain, and Johnson Mountain can be quite striking. The show is best on days with light cloud cover, when a low sun bounces light off overhead clouds onto the tall canyon walls, creating a soft, orange-red "glow" you are sure to see in the local photo galleries.
Trail runners often favor the Watchman Trail as well, as it is the most convenient trail for both campers and Springdale-dwellers to access for a quick morning or evening run. Leave your friends dozing at camp while you take a quick 45-minute jaunt up Watchman and return in time for breakfast!