If you’re a daredevil, an adrenaline seeker, a photographer—or a bit crazy—then there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the trail to Angel’s Landing. Along with the Narrows and the hike to Kolob Arch, Angel’s Landing is a backcountry pinnacle that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That said, the trail to the top of Angel’s Landing is as controversial as it is beautiful, as the steep drop-offs and uneven footing create a hazardous trail that winds its way up to one of the best lookouts in the park. On the trail’s final half-mile, hikers must navigate a narrow ridge that has vertical drops of nearly 1,000 feet. Thankfully, there is a comprehensive system of anchors, chains, guardrails, and handholds that aid in climbing the ridge, but it’s imperative when hiking to watch your step and have solid footing at all times. Despite the potential dangerous, however, the 360-degree view looking down into Zion Canyon is too alluring and too intoxicating to resist the urge to climb. It was said by early park pioneers that only an angel could land on top of the narrow, lofty pinnacle, and though mere mortals now scramble to the top during all times of the year, there’s no denying the feeling from up top that you’re standing on top of the world.
There is no official sign for Angel’s Landing on the Zion Canyon Drive. To find the trailhead, park in the Grotto (the 6th shuttle stop) and cross the foot bridge to connect with the West Rim Trail as it steeply switchbacks the mountain. The spur trail to the top of Angel’s Landing is a half-mile off the West Rim Trail, and the entire trail from the Grotto the summit takes about five hours to complete.